Yale Researchers Explore Mindfulness-Based Treatments to Address Chronic Pain and Improve Health Outcomes in Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease
For individuals with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), pain can be a pervasive aspect of everyday life, affecting both physical and mental health. An ongoing study in collaboration with the Yale Sickle Cell Program is set to examine the efficacy of mindfulness-based treatments (MBT) to address pain and improve quality of life for SCD patients. Led by Zachary Harvanek, MD, PhD, John Roberts, MD, Ariadna Forray, MD, and Michael Crowley, PhD, “Neural Correlates of Pain, Resiliency, and Mindfulness in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease” will explore neural markers of chronic pain in patients with SCD and assess whether MBT can improve both chronic pain and SCD in this population.
Ensuring Bone Health for Adolescents Identifying as Transgender
With a grant from Women's Health Research at Yale, Dr. Stuart Weinzimer, in collaboration with Drs. Thomas Carpenter and Christy Olezeski, is using sophisticated methods to obtain a picture of the dynamic process of bone development in adolescents undergoing gender-affirming hormone therapy.
Amicus Brief Filed to Defend Gender-Affirming Care in Alabama
On Aug. 12, professors from the Yale Law School, Yale School of Medicine, Yale Child Study Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Texas Southwestern filed a brief as amici curiae in Eknes-Tucker v. Governor, State of Alabama with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Source: YLS Today
Researchers blast Florida’s transgender treatment plan as ‘incorrect and scientifically unfounded’
National medical and legal researchers have issued a report condemning Florida health officials’ plan to block Medicaid coverage for gender-dysphoria treatments, saying the move lacks “any persuasive scientific or medical justification.”Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel
Team of Experts Provides Critical Review of Florida Medical Report on Transgender Care
As Florida policymakers pursue state-level restrictions on transgender care, legal and medical experts from Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center and Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern, and University of Alabama at Birmingham have released a new report that identifies and refutes the many unscientific claims behind the effort.Source: Yale Law School News
How to create and stick to a bedtime routine, even in summer
For many families, summer vacation offers a welcome respite from the rigid routines of school and work. It can be a liberating feeling for both parents and children when kids are able to sleep in past school bus time, or stay up late catching fireflies or playing with sparklers.Source: Washington Post
Treating the Whole Patient
Smilow Cancer Hospital’s new Psycho-Oncology Program draws on best practices from across the country and within Smilow to provide psychotherapy counseling and support for patients experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue while undergoing cancer treatment.
Op-Ed: Denying trans youth gender-affirming care is an affront to science and medical ethics
Legislation attacking medical care for transgender youth marks a new extreme for scientific misinformation in the America. Years of study and scientific scrutiny have established safe, evidence-based guidelines for delivery of lifesaving, gender-affirming care.Source: Los Angeles Times
Panel of medical professionals skewers Texas and Alabama actions against transgender health care; separate study finds most children who transition stick with their choice
The opinion of the Texas attorney general and a new Alabama law — both seeking to criminalize health care for transgender youth — are based on either blatant lies for political purpose or the use of outdated and discredited evidence, according to a panel of medical professionals who specialize in the care of gender dysphoria and pediatrics.Source: Baptist News Global
Most transgender youth persist in their gender identity after five years, study finds
An overwhelming majority of transgender youth remained consistent in their gender identity five years after their initial social transition, according to the first large-scale, long-term study of transgender children of its kind published Wednesday.Source: Newsbreak
New Report Refutes Flawed Science of Texas and Alabama Transgender Legal Actions
A major new report by legal and medical experts from Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center and Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and the University of Texas Southwestern analyzes in depth the misleading scientific claims that informed recent actions by Texas and Alabama to criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth.Source: Yale Law School
Ariadna Forray, MD and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS Take the Helm at MORE
The new co-directors of Minority Organization for Expansion and Retention (MORE), Ariadna Forray, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology) and assistant professor of computer science, have been active participants in the organization and benefited from its programs and resources. They describe MORE as an essential place at Yale School of Medicine for connecting with other faculty who share their backgrounds and experiences. Now, they say, they hope to expand its reach.