Dyslexia gene variants tied to consonant use across populations
In a new study of languages spoken in 43 different populations worldwide, Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues identified variants of a dyslexia gene that correlate with consonant use, establishing a role for genetics in language differences between populations.
Historian Jill Lapore Speaks with Yale's Joanna Radin about Michael Crichton and Medical Mistrust
In Season 1 of The Last Archive, acclaimed historian Jill Lepore traced the history of evidence, proof, and knowledge in search of an answer to the question: Who killed truth? A lot of history has happened since then. 2020… and now 2021 with an insurrection, an impeachment, and a mass vaccination campaign. Everything just keeps seeming so unbelievable. So in Season 2, Jill is taking on a new mystery: the rise of doubt over the last 100 years of American history. We’ll meet hypnotists and parapsychologists, Nazis and Soviet propagandists, and voices, too, of reason. Produced in the style of classic 1930s radio drama, The Last Archive is a show about how we know what we know and why it seems, lately, as if we don’t know anything at all.Source: The Last Archive Podcast
Racial Health Disparities Didn’t Start With Covid: The Overlooked History of Polio
“One of the things that the history of polio tells us is that our racial disparities, health disparities were not invented in the past 10 years, and that very often, they have been deliberately ignored,” Naomi Rogers, a medical historian at Yale, told Retro Report.Source: Retro Report
Holly Grossetta Nardini Receives Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award
Estelle Brodman may not be a familiar name to most, but a tribute article published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association remarked that academic medical librarianship lost “a towering figure of the profession” after her death in 2007. Brodman brought “a great intellect” to the field of medical librarianship, as well as a “personal drive and ambition to enhance the delivery of medical information to the practitioner in the field.”
It’s Time to Get Rid of the Stethoscope
Some 200 years after the stethoscope was invented, there are better ways for doctors to learn about heart health, says WSJ Health Expert Harlan Krumholz. Some 200 years after the stethoscope was invented, there are better ways for doctors to learn about heart health, says WSJ Health Expert Harlan Krumholz.Source: The Wall Street Journal
Happy birthday: 75 years of chemotherapy is worth celebrating
One in three of us will develop cancer during our lives. When it happens we expect to be treated with a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Chemo is the “youngest” of these cancer treatments and is one of the reasons why the overall survival rates for cancer have doubled in the past 40 years. This week, August 27th to be precise, marks the 75th anniversary of the first use of chemotherapy in a cancer patient. It’s an interesting story, juxtaposing military horror with medical advancement, and with an Irish angle of sorts. Mustard gas, first produced during the first World War, was a deadly chemical that killed some 10,000 Allied troops at Ypres, Belgium, in 1917. But it took an accident during the second World War in the port of Bari, Italy, for the potential medical value of mustard gas to emerge from the mire of war.Source: Irish TImes
Call for Submissions: “Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence”
The graduate students of Yale University’s Program in History of Science and Medicine invite submissions for a conference entitled “Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence,” on Feb. 24-25, 2017.
VIDEO: Harvey Cushing and John Fulton: Two Founders Bonded By Science, Medicine, And Books
A conversation during the YSM Reunion between Drs. Dennis D. Spencer and Gordon M. Shepherd, moderated by Cynthia Tsay, YSM ’18, about personal and professional relationship of Cushing and Fulton that helped lead to the founding of the Yale Medical Library.Source: Medical Library
Grenough: My time stacking books with Cassius Clay
Millie Grenough, LCSW, MAT, clinical instructor with the Yale Department of Psychiatry, shares her memories of growing up in Louisville and meeting Muhammad Ali -- then known as Cassius Clay -- while stacking books at a local college library.Source: The Huffington Post
Medical library marks 75 years of supporting research and patient care
Dr. Harvey Cushing, a path-breaking neurosurgeon and Sterling Professor of Neurosurgery at Yale, had books on his mind when he wrote to his friend Dr. Arnold Klebs in 1936, suggesting they consider donating their vast collections of books to Yale. In 1941, the Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library opened, including the collections of Cushing, Klebs, and Dr. John Fulton, Sterling Professor of Physiology and Cushing’s former pupil at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.Source: Yale News
Citing Successes, Challenges, YSPH Panel Marks World AIDS Day
In the early 1980s, “AIDS was just a whisper in the corner of a gay bar.” Within a few years it grew into a global epidemic, and today, despite many victories in the fight against HIV/AIDS, some 1.2 million people in the United States alone live with the virus. Every 9.5 minutes another person becomes infected, totaling more than 50,000 new infections annually. Meanwhile, the brunt of the epidemic disproportionately affects black women and intravenous drug users.
A public health giant: C-E.A. Winslow, who launched public health at Yale a century ago, still influential today
The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Here's a look at the man who founded the School of Medicine department that eventually became YSPH.