Happy in Marriage? Genetics May Play a Role
People fall in love for many reasons — similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. But if they marry and stay together, their long-term happiness may depend on their individual genes or those of their spouse, says a new study led by Yale School of Public Health researchers.
VOICES Project to Curb Elder Abuse Is Kicked off at Yale Event with Senator Blumenthal
The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale School of Medicine kicked off the start of a new project to combat elder mistreatment (EM) with a community event at Monterey Place in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 4.
Health costs of ageism calculated at $63 billion annually, study finds
Ageism — a widespread form of prejudice that is directed at older persons — led to excess costs of $63 billion for a broad range of health conditions during one year in the United States, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Yale Pepper Center: Request for Letter of Intent
The Yale Pepper Center is soliciting letters of intent from full-time faculty members at Yale with interests and expertise relevant to aging research who would be interested in submitting a career development proposal (if currently within 4 years of first faculty appointment), a pilot project proposal, or a research development project.
Vishwa Deep Dixit appointed the Von Zedtwitz Professor of Comparative Medicine
Vishwa Deep Dixit, newly named as the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Comparative Medicine, studies the interaction between immune and metabolic systems with the goal of revealing targets that can be harnessed to extend the healthspan — the period of life that is free of disabilities and disease.
Yale center dedicated to research on older adults receives renewed funding
For the fifth consecutive time, the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) has been renewed for funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Center is one of only two such programs nationwide to receive continuous NIA support since it was first funded in 1992, marking more than 25 years of excellence in geriatrics and aging research under the leadership of Geriatrics Section Chief Dr. Mary Tinetti, Dr. Thomas Gill, and Dr. Terri Fried.
Could Better Predictions Improve End-of-Life Care?
A team of Yale researchers has developed a statistical tool that can improve predictions of whether patients with advanced cancer are likely to die in the near term. Their analysis suggests that better understanding of the end of life could promote patient welfare by transferring more people from aggressive interventions to hospice care.
How do we lose memory? A STEP at a time, researchers say
In mice, rats, monkeys, and people, aging can take its toll on cognitive function. A new study by researchers at Yale and Université de Montréal reveal there is a common denominator to the decline in all of these species — an increase in the level of the molecule striatal-enriched phosphatase, or STEP.
Positive attitudes about aging reduce risk of dementia in older adults
Research has shown that older persons who have acquired positive beliefs about old age from their surrounding culture are less likely to develop dementia. This protective effect was found for all participants, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Kirwin honored with APA's Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry
Paul D. Kirwin, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Program Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale, has been chosen to receive the Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.
Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings
Mrs. Altemus, who entered a nursing home in November, was screened for breast cancer this summer. “If the screening is not too invasive, why not?” asked her daughter, Dorothy Altemus. “I want her to have the best quality of life possible.” But a growing chorus of geriatricians, cancer specialists and health system analysts say that say that for the best quality of life, she’d be better off skipping the screening. Such testing in the nation’s oldest patients is highly unlikely to detect lethal disease. It is also hugely expensive and more likely to harm than help, since any follow-up testing and treatment is often invasive. “In patients well into their 80s, with other chronic conditions, it’s highly unlikely that they will receive any benefit from screening, and more likely that the harms will outweigh the benefits,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Yale School of Public Health symposium on lifetime exposures and human health: the exposome; summary and future reflections
The exposome is defined as “the totality of environmental exposures encountered from birth to death” and was developed to address the need for comprehensive environmental exposure assessment to better understand disease etiology.
Lifespan Research: Impact of Childhood Disease on Adult Health
YCCI’s renewed CTSA grant award allows Yale to continue its leadership in cutting-edge areas of research. One such novel initiative under the grant renewal is Diseases Across the Lifespan, which will explore the rising field of lifespan research — a new approach to examining the ways in which diseases that commonly strike adults have their roots in infancy and early childhood.
Battling belly fat: Specialized immune cells impair metabolism in aging
In a new study, Yale researchers have described how nervous systems and immune systems talk to each other to control metabolism and inflammation. Their finding furthers scientists’ understanding of why older adults fail to burn stored belly fat, which raises the risk of chronic disease. The study also points to potential therapeutic approaches to target the problem, the researchers said.