Long COVID: Skeptics Are Wrong, Researchers Say
WHRY collaborator Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, joins Fiona Lowenstein, editor of “The Long COVID Survival Guide,” to discuss patients who say they’re suffering from Long COVID for as much as two years after their acute phase of the disease. Listen to their discussion as part of "Conversations on Health Care."Source: Community Health Center
What is it Like to Live with Brain Fog?
Akiko Iwasaki, Yale professor of immunobiology and WHRY collaborator, is the co-author of a review article on Covid-19 related cognitive impairment. The condition has affected people with cancer and other chronic conditions for years, but long Covid is just beginning to push it into the spotlight.Source: Washington Post
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
PFAS and Phenols Linked to Different Cancers in Women of Different Races
A new federally-funded study in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology has found that compounds called phenols, and the synthetic chemicals PFAS, were linked to different kinds of cancer in white women and women of color. PFAS were linked to ovarian and uterine cancers mainly in white women, and phenols were linked more to breast cancer in non-white women. Phenols and PFAS are found in hundreds of daily consumer products. The researchers stated that the racial differences are particularly impactful because of racial disparities in exposure to these chemicals. Nicole Deziel, member of the Yale Cancer Center and associate professor of epidemiology (environmental sciences) at Yale School of Public Health, who is not associated with the study, said the findings “provided a lot of new information suggesting that exposure to PFAS could be associated with a variety of hormonally related cancers, particularly in women.”Source: CT Public Radio
Metabolomic Research Links Diet to Paraben Food Preservatives in Urine, Findings Important for Women Trying to Conceive
Yale researchers identify diet-related metabolites associated with paraben concentrations in the urine of pregnant women. Parabens can disrupt endocrine activity in the body and they have been associated with changes in fertility in women.
Stress as a Risk Factor for Mental Disorders in a Gendered Environment
In the gendered environment in which we live, stress influences the risk of a mental disorder differently in women and men. Considering the influence of gender can advance the current methods of evaluating a person's response to stress and adversity.Source: JAMA Psychiatry