Bold Receives Grant to Study Impact of Menthol Flavor Ban in Cigarettes and E-cigarettes
Krysten Bold, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has received an R01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the impact of a menthol flavor ban in cigarettes and e-cigarettes to inform tobacco policy.
Hippocampal Acetylcholine Modulates Stress-Related Behaviors Independent of Speciﬁc Cholinergic Inputs
Yann Mineur, PhD, MS, research scientist in psychiatry, and Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, are first and senior authors, respectively of a paper in Molecular Psychiatry that studied acetylcholine release in the hippocampus in response to stress.Source: Molecular Psychiatry
COVID-19 and PTSD: Assessing the Pandemic’s Toll on Mental Health
As researchers and clinicians continue to grapple with the psychological fallout from COVID-19, a growing body of literature has examined the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general public. Women’s Health Research at Yale and its collaborators published a study questioning how these estimates vary so greatly and if such wide swaths of the public can truly be suffering from pandemic-related PTSD.
What West Point Graduates Can Teach Us About Stress and Resilience
To explore how to promote psychological resilience and prevent negative health outcomes among such individuals, Dr. Melissa Thomas investigated the long-term physical and mental health risks and resilience of her fellow graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It was the first study to focus on graduates and consider gender differences in these topic areas since the elite institution’s integration of women in 1980.
Psychological and Biological Resilience Modulates the Effects of Stress on Epigenetic Aging
Zachary M. Harvanek, MD, PhD; Nia Fogelman, PhD; Ke Xu, MD; and Rajita Sinha, PhD, are co-authors of a paper published in Translational Psychiatry on cumulative stress and its effects on accelerated epigenetic aging in middle-aged community individuals who do not have a medical illness.Source: Translational Psychiatry
Pilot grants to study the health of women and resources for women faculty at Yale gaining momentum
Even today, attention to research on women’s health remains far behind that of men, and fewer women faculty are pursuing opportunities to commercialize their research. Two organizations at Yale – Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) and the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) --- are looking to change those trends, offering grants and programs specifically aimed at supporting women’s health research and supporting women faculty who wish to seek funding to bring their discoveries to a commercial light.
Use and Perceptions of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Among Patients Attending Lung Cancer Screening Who Smoke
Yale researchers, led by first author Lisa Fucito, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, surveyed patients during lung cancer screenings to understand their use of electronic nicotine delivery products and their beliefs and knowledge of these products. The findings were published in Preventive Medicine Reports.Source: Preventive Medicine Reports
SLEEP-SMART Intervention Shows Promising Results for Women Suffering from Sleeping Problems, Depression, and Anxiety
Preliminary data indicate SLEEP-SMART can improve sleep patterns, show associated reductions in symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve the functioning of brain circuits important in emotional and cognitive health.
How Your Help Can Fund the Next Discovery in Women's Health Research
If the challenges of the past year have taught us anything, it is that we must continue working to understand all that we can about health and disease. And when it comes to sex and gender, we should not wait for the next crisis before addressing these critical components of our health.
Evaluation of a Behavioral Self-Care Intervention Administered through a Massive Open Online Course
Marney White, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Public Health and a clinical psychologist at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues analyzed the results of the first cohort of learners who took a self-care intervention course and found the intervention was effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression – even during the COVID crisis. The study was published in American Journal of Health Education.Source: American Journal of Health Education
WHRY Funds Studies on Heart Disease, Insomnia, and Pain
Women’s Health Research at Yale today announced funding for three new studies investigating a method for improving the diagnosis of heart disease in women, a therapy for clinically significant sleep disruption common in Black women, and the influence of biological sex on the underlying brain patterns that link pain and opioid use.
Efficacy of Intravenous Ketamine in Adolescent Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Randomized Midazolam-Controlled Trial
Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center researchers conducted the first randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of intravenous ketamine in adolescents with depression.Source: American Journal of Psychiatry
Yale, VA Researchers Investigate Eating Disorders in Iraq and Afghanistan War-Era Veterans
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, in a pair of complementary studies, investigated eating disorders in Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, a group thought to be at high risk for the disorders.