Protection from Zika Virus May Lie in a Protein Derived from Mosquitoes
By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, Yale investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. The finding demonstrates how researchers might develop a vaccine against Zika and similar mosquito-borne viruses, the study authors said.
Two Yale School of Medicine MD-PhD Students Receive Prestigious Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Jonathan Marques and Diana Yanez, both currently in the School of Medicine’s (YSM) MD-PhD program, have been selected as 2018 Soros Fellows. Marquez and Yanez are among 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Fellows, all of whom are children of immigrants to the Unites States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, green card holders, or naturalized citizens, were selected from a pool of 1,766 applicants for their potential to make significant contributions to United States society, culture, or their academic fields, and for their commitment to the United States’ fundamental principles and ideals.
Yale enhances its cytometry capabilities
The methods and equipment used to probe cellular questions are rapidly advancing—including, at Yale, through the addition in 2014 of CyTOF, or Cytometry Time-Of-Flight, and this past June of the CyTOF Imaging Mass Cytometer (IMC), which greatly expands Yale's ability to examine specimens that are analyzed both for clinical diagnosis and for basic research.Source: Medicine@Yale
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Zika virus harms testes, says study
The Zika virus reduces the size of testes in infected mice up to 21 days after infection, according to a new Yale study. The persistence of the virus in the male reproductive organ can lead to sexual transmission and may impair male fertility, the researchers said.
Yale, Brazilian Scientists Identify Potential Treatment for Fatal Leptospirosis
New research by the Yale School of Public Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Brazilian Ministry of Health on leptospirosis, a bacterial infection largely spread by rats, sheds light on how the disease causes death and uncovered a potentially novel treatment.
Understanding a global epidemic: Why Africans with HIV are more susceptible to TB
Yale researchers have identified a common genetic variant that makes people infected with HIV much more susceptible to tuberculosis (TB). The study is published in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Women's Health Research at Yale: 2013 Pilot Project Awards Announced
This year’s content areas include breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women; autoimmune diseases, more common in women than men, including antiphospholipid syndrome, (or APS), which can cause stroke, heart attack and pregnancy-related problems, and lupus; HIV prevention, as HIV is far more prevalent among young black women than other young women, and sexually transmitted infections that affect more women than men and currently have no cure or intervention to prevent recur
NBA extends community testing program as part of 2019-20 Season Restart in Orlando
The NBA announced today a new community testing program providing thousands of no-cost COVID-19 PCR tests in Orlando, Fla. and team markets nationwide. The program, which is a part of NBA Together, the league’s global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, tipped off earlier this month and will run through August.Source: NBA
UConn, Yale, other local colleges plan ambitious COVID-19 testing programs for thousands of students. Experts wonder whether it’s enough.
With thousands of students arriving on college campuses across Connecticut within weeks, Yale and Wesleyan have announced an ambitious plan to test student for COVID-19 twice a week, while UConn and other schools have committed to lesser amounts of testing. In an email to students this week, Dr. Stephanie Spangler, Yale’s vice provost for health affairs and academic integrity, said the school would increase its planned testing from once to twice a week based on “an analysis of testing protocols that would be most likely to limit the rapid spread of the infection.”Source: Hartford Courant
Another Grim Milestone: U.S. Records 150,000 Coronavirus Deaths
The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged countless countries worldwide, but none have been hit harder than the U.S., and America sped past a somber signpost on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed Covid-related deaths within the United States surpassed 150,000.Source: Forbes
CT’s coronavirus transmission rate tops important threshold
The coronavirus transmission rate in Connecticut has risen slightly above one, meaning that COVID-19 may have started to spread again in the state, albeit slowly, even as new case numbers remain low. “If that is greater than one, the number of cases is going to grow,” Virginia Pitzer, an associate professor of the epidemiology of microbial disease at the Yale School of Public Health, explained about the transmission rate.Source: CT Post
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 145,000
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 145,000 following a surge of new infections across swaths of the nation that began in mid-June. The country reported more than 68,000 new cases Thursday, slightly lower than the previous day’s tally. The U.S. accounts for over a quarter of the more than 15.5 million coronavirus cases world-wide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Source: The Wall Street Journal
A wave of worry as college students begin annual influx while virus flares
It’s an annual Boston ritual in August: College students and families hauling furniture and luggage clog the sidewalks in front of dormitories and apartment buildings. Their moving vans line the streets. They pack local restaurants. But this year, moving-in day and the arrival of what in normal years is close to 170,000 college students to Massachusetts from across the country and perhaps even the world will serve as more than a minor inconvenience. In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, it could also signal an enduring public health threat. Many Boston-area colleges and universities plan to bring a substantial number of students back to campus in the coming weeks for the fall semester. Many will travel from states that are virus hot spots, where rates of infections are on the rise. They will test the state’s hard-won, but fragile success, in lowering the coronavirus infection rate and death toll.Source: edition.pagesuite.com