Thalidomide Use In Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Angiodysplasia, a type of benign vascular lesion made up of dilated blood vessels, is a common source of gastrointestinal bleeding from the small intestine. A recent editorial from Yale Internal Medicine’s Loren Laine, MD, professor of medicine and chief of digestive diseases, in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights novel findings from a recent multicenter, double-blind, randomized clinical trial evaluating thalidomide in the treatment of angiodysplasia-related bleeding.
Discovering the 'Cytokine Language' That Activates Immune Responses
Using a new computational method based on a causal inference framework, CINEMA-OT, the Yale team studied how individual immune cells react to combinations of cytokines, or small proteins released by cells that regulate inflammation. They discovered that certain cytokines have a synergistic effect, inducing unique gene activation programs compared to their individual effects. This cryptography of cytokine signals acts as a language, instructing immune cells.
Dr. Jorge Moreno Honored with Emerging Trailblazer Award by Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University
On October 13, 2023, the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU) honored Jorge Moreno, MD, assistant professor of medicine (general internal medicine), with the Emerging Trailblazer Award at their annual gala during Latinx Heritage Month. The award recognizes “selfless individuals for their achievements and positive influence on the Latinx community.”
NIDA Invests Nearly $7M to Address the Opioid Crisis Among Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
The National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded nearly $7 million to MPIs Tami Sullivan, PhD (Psychiatry and Public Health); E. Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS (Internal Medicine and Public Health); and Dawn Johnson, PhD (University of Akron Department of Psychology) to study medication for opioid use disorder treatment retention among women who experience intimate partner violence.
Educational Videogame Intervention Encourages Teens to Get Tested for HIV
Teenagers made up an estimated 20 percent of new cases of HIV infection in the United States in 2020. The actual percentage, however, is likely to be higher because it is known that adolescents are the least likely of any age group to be aware of their HIV status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others. Only 9 percent of high school students in the United States report ever being tested for HIV.
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Training at Yale Expands To Advanced Practice Providers
Yale School of Medicine established an addiction medicine fellowship program for advanced practice providers, including physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses as part of the Substance Use Skills Training to Advance INtegrated care project.
Unveiling the Link Between Insomnia and Early-Onset Atrial Fibrillation
A new research article published in the Journal of American Heart Association sheds light on the potential link between insomnia and early-onset atrial fibrillation. This study, led by Allison E. Gaffey, PhD, clinical psychologist (cardiovascular medicine), examined electronic health records from over one million young veterans followed across more than 15 years. The authors found that patients with insomnia, a common type of chronic sleep disturbance, were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation compared to patients without insomnia.
Health Care Systems Should Integrate Mental Health Care Into Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease
People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have higher rates of mental health problems than the general population. Integrating mental health care into PAD treatment is essential to caring for people with PAD and may also improve their cardiovascular outcomes, argues an American Heart Association scientific statement, which Yale faculty co-authored.
Africa on the Global Stage: Analyzing 30 Years of African-Led Clinical Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine
In order to understand the limitations faced by African investigators in modern cardiology research, a group of researchers, led by Internal Medicine Resident Abdelrahman Abushouk, MD, analyzed 30 years of African-led clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine.
Patients Receiving Methadone Treatment Prefer Clinicians Use Medically Accurate and Destigmatizing Language
A new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, University of the South, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Quinnipiac School of Medicine found that patients receiving methadone treatment prefer that clinicians use medically accurate and person-centered terminology. The study was published in Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Gender and Connecting with Your Health Provider: A Q&A with Dr. Christine J. Ko
Recently, Dr. Christine J Ko wrote a book, published by Routledge, titled “How to Improve Doctor-Patient Connection.” We chatted with Dr. Ko to get her insight into the roles psychology and gender play in health care interactions.
‘We need positive destruction’: Yale doctors discuss gender equity on Clubhouse
Inginia Genao, MD, kicked off a recent Clubhouse discussion on gender equity in medicine with a sobering statistic: research shows that nearly 40% of women become part time or leave medicine within six years of completing their residency. The discussion, held May 13, was hosted by the Yale Department of Internal Medicine.
Meet Yale Internal Medicine: Vivian Asare, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine).
As part of our “Meet Yale Internal Medicine” series, today’s featured physician is Vivian Asare, MD, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine).
Request for Nominations for 2020 Iva Dostanic Physician-Scientist Trainee Award
The Yale Department of Medicine established an annual Physician-Scientist Trainee Award in memory of Iva Dostanic, whose intelligence, creativity, work ethic, accomplishments, and passion for the science of medicine exemplified the highest ideals of the physician-scientist.