Low-cost anti-hookworm drug boosts female farmers’ physical fitness
Impoverished female farm workers infected with intestinal parasites known as hookworms saw significant improvements in physical fitness when they were treated with a low-cost deworming drug. The benefits were seen even in those with low level infections, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Yale and the nonprofit company InnovationsCZ.
DeLauro urges students to back health care
In the wake of renewed Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-New Haven, delivered an impassioned speech Monday night at the Yale School of Public Health on the future of national health care reform.Source: Yale Daily News
Global Leaders Meet At The United Nations To Discuss How To End Violence Against Children
Swedish and Italian missions to the UN and The World Childhood Foundation USA convened a high-level meeting to promote, develop and implement solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for children. Yale Professor, James F. Leckman, and other global notables led a discussion about the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships to spur the development of scalable solutions to improve child survival and promote child well-being and protection.Source: PR Newswire
Yale UNICEF 2016 Conference on Child Rights
Yale UNICEF held its fourth annual Conference on Children’s Rights, focusing on Early Childhood Development (ECD) on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. The conference discussed early childhood development from multiple perspectives, including international policy making, biology, economics, sociology, public health, and law. The conference featured speakers Dr. Nicholas Alipui, Director of Programs UNICEF and Dr. Linda Mayes, Director Yale Child Study Center, and was proudly co-sponsored by the Yale Child Study Center and the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice.
Baby Doe, A Political History of Tragedy
Minding the Baby® (MTB)–a home visiting intervention for first-time young families run by the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Nursing, and Fair Haven Community Health Center–was recognized in a recent New Yorker article on the political forces surrounding services for children and families. "Our goal is to help new parents develop the capacity to understand and respond to their children's needs and emotions," noted MTB Co-Director Lois Sadler, Professor at the Yale School of Nursing. Beginning in pregnancy, a nurse practitioner and clinical social worker work intensively with young parents through their child’s second birthday. "MTB participants are primarily very young parents who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to take advantage of other parent support programs in the schools or community. That is why we bring these services to them in their homes." In addition to on-going work with Connecticut families, the intervention is being replicated in the UK and Florida.Source: The New Yorker
An ‘Epic’ pushback as U.S. prepares for new era of empowering patient health data
Epic, the largest electronic health record company in the U.S., launched an effort last week to persuade hospital CEOs across the country to fight recent efforts by the federal government to ensure that patients can easily access their electronic health data.Source: STAT
Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?
In overturning the Trump administration’s attempt to expand the so-called conscience rule for health care workers this week, a federal judge has brought renewed attention to a long-simmering debate in medicine over when doctors can decline to provide treatment to patients without abdicating their professional responsibilities.Source: STAT
Landmark Conference Sept. 26-27 at Yale Law School: "The Affordable Care Act at 10: History, Legacy, Challenges"
This unprecedented gathering will reflect on the policy, legal, and political advances and challenges that a decade of the Affordable Care Act has brought us. We will gather the leading scholars and some of the most important players involved in the Affordable Care Act's passage and implementation, including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Solicitors General Donald Verrilli and Paul Clement, and many others.
YSPH Collaborating with China to Develop New Medical Payment Models
Improving China’s medical payment models was the topic of discussion when Yale School of Public Health Dean Sten H. Vermund traveled to Beijing in January 2019 to meet with officials from China’s National Health Commission as part of the country’s ongoing healthcare reform efforts.
Zack Cooper Receives Carnegie Fellowship to Support Research on Drug Pricing
Health economist Zack Cooper, associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health and in the Department of Economics, is one of 32 recipients of this year’s Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Community input sought in New Haven diversion program
Nearly a year after the city implemented its harm reduction program, LEAD, it’s reaching out to involve the community in the effort. Sophie Wheelock, a master's of public health candidate t at the Yale School of Public Health worked on a report presented to the community in September.Source: Chron
Asking the Right Questions About Cannabis Legalization
Tony George, MD, HS '96, an addiction specialist at the University of Toronto, believes that Canada has not prepared for legalization and its consequences. He argues that more research on the effects—positive and negative—of smoking pot is needed, as well as increased access to treatment for those who suffer from cannabis use disorder.
Yale joins the ‘surge’ to prepare African scientists to lead HIV treatment and prevention
South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.1 million infected individuals. National and global commitment to a “surge” — rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS and TB treatment and prevention throughout the country — will significantly increase the demand for researchers with expertise in areas such as implementation science who can define best practices and influence effective policy.
Infant Health is the Top Priority
Breastfeeding (BF) support is one of the most cost-effective interventions to advance mother–child health worldwide. Large-scale BF support may prevent 11.6% of infant deaths and improves cognitive development. Read the joint statement from Dean Sten Vermund and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.
Yale researchers investigate decline in use of preventive defibrillators
In some patients with weak heart muscles, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, can help maintain normal heart rhythm and prolong life. However, concerns about possible overuse of these devices, and a federal investigation, may have led to a recent drop in their use by doctors, a Yale-led study found.