Health Care Industry Is a Major Source of Harmful Emissions
Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Implementation Science: Putting Important Discoveries to Their Best Use
Scientific innovations are created every day, but how do we ensure that they are used efficiently and reach the people who need them most? David Chambers, DPhil, deputy director for implementation science in the Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, tackled that question during his June 25 grand rounds lecture titled “Advancing the Science of Implementation in Cancer Control: An NCI Perspective."
Text Messages Show Promise as Next Step for Improving Heart Health in China
Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart disease, reports a preliminary study by researchers at Yale and in China. However, the study did not prove that these targeted text messages led to an improvement in blood pressure control amongst the recipients, the intended outcome.
Don't Jump for Joy over New FDA-approved Postpartum Depression Medicine Yet
Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences cautions new mothers who may consider taking the new FDA-approved medication for postpartum depression in an opinion piece published in USA Today.
Visiting Professor Discusses Prison Abuse of Drugs
How are psychotropic drugs used to maintain control over mass incarceration in the United States? On Wednesday evening, Anthony Ryan Hatch, professor of science in society, sociology and African American Studies at Wesleyan University, addressed this question of prison drug use in his lecture to an audience of about 50 students and faculty at Sterling Hall of Medicine’s Beaumont Room.
Interprofessional Palliative Care Module: A Team Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Practicing
A patient who is a Jehovah’s Witness tells a nurse that he does not want a blood transfusion because of his religion. The husband of a patient requests that a physician assistant (PA) not speak directly to his wife about her impending death, and also asks the PA for help fulfilling traditional Sunni Muslim time-of-death customs. A terminally-ill patient asks a doctor “why is God doing this to me?”
Cancer Center Receives Two-pronged Gift
Christine Moog and Benoit Helluy are supporting the new Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology and Yale Cancer Center’s art therapy program. They see their gift as a way both to propel the science in an area where exciting new cancer treatments appear ready to emerge, and to make battling cancer a less-stressful challenge for patients and their loved ones.
Doctors asking how much post-surgical follow-up is needed
On Saturday, Reisman, 52, a former New York lawyer who now freelances for the Shoreline Times, held a party to celebrate two decades of survival. Looking back on the years after her surgery, Reisman said the fear that the cancer could return was compounded by the anxiety she felt about the multiple MRIs she was required to undergo to make sure it hadn’t. Reisman’s experience has buttressed the concern of Dr. Cary Gross, her brother-in-law, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. With new studies showing that multiple surveillance procedures don’t necessarily improve patient outcomes in at least some cancers, he is concerned about whether aggressive post-treatment testing is really necessary, given the anxiety, cost and even occasional false positive results that accompany it.