Web-based Tool Calculates Lives Saved, Policy Implications of Tobacco Control
New estimates from a web-based tool that tracks tobacco use created by the Yale School of Public Health show that the recent federal law raising the age of legal tobacco purchase to 21 could save over 100,000 lives over the rest of this century.
Anatomy of an Acne Treatment
Researchers found that unlike other tetracycline drugs, sarecycline binds to messenger RNA (mRNA) — molecules within a cell that provide a code for making proteins — in bacterial ribosomes. Ribosomes, found in all living cells, link amino acids together.Source: YaleNews
Strong Link Found Between Abnormal Liver Tests and Poor COVID-19 Outcomes
Researchers at the Yale Liver Center found that patients with COVID-19 presented with abnormal liver tests at much higher rates than suggested by earlier studies. They also discovered that higher levels of liver enzymes — proteins released when the liver is damaged — were associated with poorer outcomes for these patients, including ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and death.Source: YaleNews
Anti-Blackness, Abolition, and Criminal Justice: A Conversation with Dr. Emily Wang and Professor Tracey Meares
As many individuals across the United States and in New Haven are engaged in conversations and activism around systemic racism, sparked in part by the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and recent horrific incidents of police brutality against black men and women, around 170 members of the Yale community and others convened on Zoom on July 22 for a conversation entitled “Anti-Blackness, Abolition, and Criminal Justice: A Conversation with Dr. Emily Wang and Professor Tracey Meares."
Urgent Care Centers Offering ‘Membership Programs’ May Be More Expensive
A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Yale researchers finds that urgent care centers nationwide have begun offering membership programs as an alternative to insurance, but those programs may not save patients any money.
Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Public Health Receive Grant to Fund Innovative Research Training Program
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a National Research Service Award Training Grant to fund an innovative, multidisciplinary, and translational training program at Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Public Health.
Emergency department visits plunged as COVID-19 cases climbed, Yale study finds
A new study from researchers at Yale and the Mayo Clinic found that emergency department (ED) visits dropped significantly in March as the public responded to messages about staying home as a result of the pandemic.Source: YaleNews
Findings Point to Importance of Addressing Sleep Disturbance in Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Pain
Yale researchers, including senior author Declan Barry, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, co-authored an article published in Clinical Journal of Pain that found sleep disturbance may be an important treatment target for opioid use disorder and chronic pain among patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment.
$15M NIDA Grant Awarded to Serena Spudich, Mark Gerstein, and Yuval Kluger
Principal Investigators Serena Spudich, MD, MA (Neurology), Mark Gerstein, PhD (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry), and Yuval Kluger, PhD (Pathology) were recently awarded a $15 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to establish a Data Center to coordinate, analyze, and make accessible single-cell and other molecular data sets generated by Single-Cell Opioid Responses in the Context of HIV (SCORCH) and other NIDA-funded HIV and substance use disorder projects.
For Yale’s Emerging Psychiatrists, Confronting Racism Is in the Curriculum
“The social justice curriculum is an important part of our broader effort to improve the culture of our department with respect to diversity and inclusion, and to bring the many legacies of racism to an end as rapidly as we can,” said department chair Dr. John Krystal.Source: YaleNews
Major Depressive Episodes Far More Common than Previously Believed, New Study Finds
The number of adults in the United States who suffer from major depressive episodes at some point in their life is far higher than previously believed, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds. National survey data currently shows that approximately 17% of women and 10% of men report having a history of major depressive episodes (MDEs) in their lifetimes. But these data are subject to “recall error,” or the tendency of people to forget or misreport their health histories when taking a survey.