A Yale doctor is using a video game to fight the opioid crisis
As drug-related deaths have spiked across the United States in recent years, doctors seeking to curb that surge are getting an unlikely new tool: a video game. The game, titled “PlaySmart,” was developed by Dr. Lynn Fiellin and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.Source: The Washington Post
Pilot grants to study the health of women and resources for women faculty at Yale gaining momentum
Even today, attention to research on women’s health remains far behind that of men, and fewer women faculty are pursuing opportunities to commercialize their research. Two organizations at Yale – Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) and the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) --- are looking to change those trends, offering grants and programs specifically aimed at supporting women’s health research and supporting women faculty who wish to seek funding to bring their discoveries to a commercial light.
Yale Study Reveals Social Media Habits of Black Teen Girls and Guides Risk-reduction Video Game
To support the development of a multiplayer risk-reduction videogame for Black teen girls, researchers at Yale conducted a study that sheds light on the social media habits of these teens in evaluating and choosing potential romantic partners. The results were published in the July 24 issue of Social Media & Society.
Colorectal Cancer and Women
Colon cancer has been undergoing a similar subdivision. Researchers have known for years that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The National Cancer Institute estimates 149,500 new cases in 2021 and 53,000 deaths.
Virtual Reality Game Is an Effective Tool for Vaping Prevention Among Teens
The game prompts students to practice navigating peer pressure situations involving vaping. By encouraging teens to use their own voices in simulated situations, the researchers hoped they would become better prepared to face real-world scenarios.
Sex-specific Immune Response in COVID-19 Linked to Cellular Metabolism
Researchers studying COVID-19 patients have found a metabolic pathway that is highly correlated with immune responses only in male patients, a group known to be more likely to suffer severe cases and die of the disease, representing a potential target for therapeutic intervention.Source: Yale News
SLEEP-SMART Intervention Shows Promising Results for Women Suffering from Sleeping Problems, Depression, and Anxiety
Preliminary data indicate SLEEP-SMART can improve sleep patterns, show associated reductions in symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve the functioning of brain circuits important in emotional and cognitive health.
Scientists Unravel Mystery of Sex Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes
"Age and sex are where immunological changes intersect,” says Akiko Iwasaki, PhD. Over the past year, Iwasaki and her colleagues from around the globe have compiled a rich literature of research that reveals in detail these and other factors that make the virus more lethal for men.Source: YaleNews
Understanding Immune System Blunders in Response to the Coronavirus
Genetics, gender, and even botched timing on the part of the immune response all appear important in the development of COVID-19. Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, is leading research to help us better predict who is likely to sail through a bout with COVID-19 and who may need targeted lifesaving care.