Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risk During American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, an opportunity for all people to focus on their heart health. With education and healthy lifestyle changes, the risk of cardiovascular disease can be reduced. Here are answers to four timely heart health questions.
How Brain Regions Involved in Wakeful Rest May Play a Role in the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Daydreaming puts the brain in a state of wakeful rest, allowing the connection of brain regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN) to interact. The DMN is now a topic of investigation for researchers trying to understand why women are at a higher risk for Alzheimer's Disease than men.
Yale Researcher Studying CBD Effects for Women
A researcher at Yale University is taking a closer look at how CBD affects women because most studies only focus on men. Her study, funded by WHRY, could help better inform women about dosing and how best to use the product for issues like anxiety and pain management.Source: NBC Connecticut
WHRY’S Undergraduate Fellows Focus on the Future
Each year, Women’s Health Research at Yale mentors undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and science. Through the WHRY fellowship these interests are infused with an appreciation for the role sex and gender differences have in medicine allowing them to integrate women’s health into their academic pursuits.
‘This is About Saving Women’s Lives’: Find It Early Act Aims to Increase Breast Cancer Screenings
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced the introduction of the Find It Early Act which, if passed, would require insurance companies to cover mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and MRIs to increase early cancer detection.
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
Black Women Excluded from Critical Studies Due to ‘Weathering’
Researchers theorize Black women age earlier and faster as a result of being "weathered" by a lifetime of racial discrimination and race-based stressors. As a result, many Black women are excluded from clinical research studies after reaching age-based milestones earlier.
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
Ensuring Bone Health for Adolescents Identifying as Transgender
With a grant from Women's Health Research at Yale, Dr. Stuart Weinzimer, in collaboration with Drs. Thomas Carpenter and Christy Olezeski, is using sophisticated methods to obtain a picture of the dynamic process of bone development in adolescents undergoing gender-affirming hormone therapy.
Sex Differences in Gastrointestinal Cancer
With this year's Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award and co-funding from the Yale Cancer Center, Dr. Pamela Kunz is conducting one of the first studies to examine sex differences in treating neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs), a rare form of cancer often found in the gastrointestinal tract.
Building Momentum: WHRY's Undergraduate Fellows Advance Women's Health
Women’s Health Research at Yale mentors undergraduate students as well as graduate students and rising junior faculty members to ensure that the next generation of scientists and medical providers fully account for the health needs of women and sex-and-gender differences affecting health. Here are a few examples of what our former undergraduate fellows are up to now.