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.
Civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to receive Winslow Medal
Civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, whose work has been foundational in two fields of study she coined and developed – critical race theory and intersectionality – will be presented with the C-E.A. Winslow Medal, the Yale School of Public Health’s highest honor, at a ceremony Feb. 3 at Harkness Auditorium.
How Brain Regions Involved in Wakeful Rest May Play a Role in the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Daydreaming puts the brain in a state of wakeful rest, allowing the connection of brain regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN) to interact. The DMN is now a topic of investigation for researchers trying to understand why women are at a higher risk for Alzheimer's Disease than men.
‘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.
Will Long COVID Research Provide Answers for Poorly Understood Diseases Like ME/CFS?
ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) is a highly disabling, severe condition that has been largely overlooked and even questioned as an illness by physicians and biomedical researchers for decades. But now, scientists including Yale's Akiko Iwasaki and Harlan Krumholz are finding parallels between post-infection long COVID and ME/CFS.
‘Prime and Spike’ Nasal Vaccine Strategy Helps Combat COVID
The new “prime” and “spike” approach may help prevent breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals by bolstering immune response within the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract, which are the first cells attacked by COVID-19.Source: YaleNews
Atrial Fibrillation Diminishes Women’s Quality of Life and Presents Treatment Complications More Than for Men
A new study revealed several major differences. Men, for instance, tended to experience persistent atrial fibrillation. Women, on the other hand, were mostly paroxysmal, meaning they went in and out of atrial fibrillation and were often more symptomatic.
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.
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.