Landmark Conference Sept. 26-27 at Yale Law School: "The Affordable Care Act at 10: History, Legacy, Challenges"
This unprecedented gathering will reflect on the policy, legal, and political advances and challenges that a decade of the Affordable Care Act has brought us. We will gather the leading scholars and some of the most important players involved in the Affordable Care Act's passage and implementation, including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Solicitors General Donald Verrilli and Paul Clement, and many others.
Zack Cooper Receives Carnegie Fellowship to Support Research on Drug Pricing
Health economist Zack Cooper, associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health and in the Department of Economics, is one of 32 recipients of this year’s Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Asking the Right Questions About Cannabis Legalization
Tony George, MD, HS '96, an addiction specialist at the University of Toronto, believes that Canada has not prepared for legalization and its consequences. He argues that more research on the effects—positive and negative—of smoking pot is needed, as well as increased access to treatment for those who suffer from cannabis use disorder.
Yale joins the ‘surge’ to prepare African scientists to lead HIV treatment and prevention
South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.1 million infected individuals. National and global commitment to a “surge” — rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS and TB treatment and prevention throughout the country — will significantly increase the demand for researchers with expertise in areas such as implementation science who can define best practices and influence effective policy.
Infant Health is the Top Priority
Breastfeeding (BF) support is one of the most cost-effective interventions to advance mother–child health worldwide. Large-scale BF support may prevent 11.6% of infant deaths and improves cognitive development. Read the joint statement from Dean Sten Vermund and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.
Yale researchers investigate decline in use of preventive defibrillators
In some patients with weak heart muscles, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, can help maintain normal heart rhythm and prolong life. However, concerns about possible overuse of these devices, and a federal investigation, may have led to a recent drop in their use by doctors, a Yale-led study found.
Viral Suppression Helps Lower Risk for Many Types of Cancer, Study Finds.
A new study by the Yale School of Public Health and partner institutions is the first to examine the potential cancer prevention benefits of prolonged periods of HIV viral suppression, resulting from antiretroviral therapy, for persons living with HIV.
Yale School of Public Health to Offer Online Climate Change and Health Certificate
The Yale School of Public Health will offer a new 18-week, online certificate program on climate change and health beginning in September 2018-the first online certificate program focused on this topic offered by a U.S. school of public health.
New cancer immunotherapy drugs rapidly reach patients after approval
The majority of patients eligible for cancer immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors received treatment within a few months of FDA approval, according to a new Yale-led study. The finding suggests that cancer immunotherapies are adopted at a much quicker pace than is typical for newly approved medical treatments, the researchers said. However, patients receiving the therapies are older than those in the clinical trials used to evaluate them, pointing to a disconnect between research and practice that should be addressed, they noted.
Yale-developed plan to curb opioid overdose crisis helps state, nation
The opioid addiction and overdose epidemic continues to take the lives of too many Americans. Of the nearly 64,000 overdose deaths reported in 2016, almost two-thirds involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Yale faculty have confronted the crisis in myriad ways, including research that impacts policy and medical practice.
States move to exempt people with serious mental illness from death penalty
Howard V. Zonana, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor (Adjunct) of Law, speaks to Psychiatric News about a movement in some states to exempt defendants with serious mental illness from receiving the death penalty.Source: Psychiatric News
Big data analysis accurately predicts patient survival from heart failure
Heart failure is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, costing healthcare systems worldwide more than $30 billion annually. Current approaches to treatment are limited by crude clinical assessments of the disease. In a new study, Yale researchers have successfully used big data methods to improve prediction of heart failure patient survival. They also described data-driven categories of patients that are distinct in their response to commonly used therapies.
Low-cost anti-hookworm drug boosts female farmers’ physical fitness
Impoverished female farm workers infected with intestinal parasites known as hookworms saw significant improvements in physical fitness when they were treated with a low-cost deworming drug. The benefits were seen even in those with low level infections, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Yale and the nonprofit company InnovationsCZ.
Scientist, Journalist and Filmmaker Converge on YSPH to Explore the Threat of Climate Change
Climate change was in the air Wednesday as three separate speakers-a scholar, journalist, and a filmmaker-converged at the Yale School of Public Health to explore the implications of climate change on human health in the coming decades.
We should expand access to opioid use disorder treatments in correctional facilities
In summary, opioid addiction is a life-threatening condition, but one for which effective treatments do exist. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote that “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” There is both an opportunity and an obligation to deliver adequate medical care for OUD in the correctional system.Source: The Hill
Special edition of health journal focuses on the early child development promise for peace
Faculty members at the Yale Child Study Center announce the publication of their special issue in journal, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (NDCAD). This Spring 2018 issue focuses on the potential of early child development programs as a viable path to peace in the context of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Update on Yale’s Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative in Ethiopia
In 2016, a team from Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute partnered with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health to launch the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI). Since its inception, PTI has seen improvements in management systems. Those successes have since led to an expansion of the program to impact 331 districts by the end of 2019, serving a population of 47 million people.