Improving Heart Bypass Surgery Recovery for Women Takes Innovation and Representation in Research
Twenty years after a study funded by Women's Health Research at Yale uncovered that women face the risk of poorer outcomes after heart bypass surgery, new research finds the increased risk for women persists despite improved overall outcomes. But, with increased representation of women in clinical research and innovation in targets of study, we can overcome the gender gap.
‘This is About Saving Women’s Lives’: Find It Early Act Aims to Increase Breast Cancer Screenings
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced the introduction of the Find It Early Act which, if passed, would require insurance companies to cover mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and MRIs to increase early cancer detection.
Black Women Excluded from Critical Studies Due to ‘Weathering’
Researchers theorize Black women age earlier and faster as a result of being "weathered" by a lifetime of racial discrimination and race-based stressors. As a result, many Black women are excluded from clinical research studies after reaching age-based milestones earlier.
Building Momentum: WHRY's Undergraduate Fellows Advance Women's Health
Women’s Health Research at Yale mentors undergraduate students as well as graduate students and rising junior faculty members to ensure that the next generation of scientists and medical providers fully account for the health needs of women and sex-and-gender differences affecting health. Here are a few examples of what our former undergraduate fellows are up to now.
Sex Differences in Gastrointestinal Cancer
With this year's Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award and co-funding from the Yale Cancer Center, Dr. Pamela Kunz is conducting one of the first studies to examine sex differences in treating neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs), a rare form of cancer often found in the gastrointestinal tract.
Fighting Breast and Ovarian Cancer With a Lupus Antibody
After discovering a specific lupus antibody that can penetrate cancer cells and, with a grant from Women's Health Research at Yale, showing it makes cancer cells vulnerable to standard treatments, Dr. Peter Glazer and his colleagues are moving a treatment to clinical trials.
Women: What's in a Name?
Today, as our scientific and cultural understanding expands, we have learned that sex and gender are not binary. And, in science, as our knowledge grows so must our efforts to welcome everyone in the identities they bring, and to enhance the precision of our language in adopting terms that value everyone. Even so, we must not forget our history and the descriptive terms that serve us well.
WHRY’s Undergraduate Fellows Carry on Our Mission
Since 2015, Women’s Health Research at Yale has mentored 25 undergraduate students and counting. Along with our junior faculty and graduate students, they are taking crucial lessons about the health of women and sex-and-gender differences in health with them as they continue their education and begin their careers. Here is a sample of what our former students are up to now.
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.
Using Particles That Are Smaller Than the Head of a Pin to Treat Cancer
Thanks in part to research begun more than a decade ago with funding from Women’s Health Research at Yale, Dr. W. Mark Saltzman is working with colleagues on a way to deploy effective cancer-fighting medication safely with the help of nanoparticles.