New Yale Initiative Looks Beyond Life Span to Increase Years of Health
Aging is a major risk factor for most chronic conditions, evidence shows, yet much of current research focuses on addressing specific diseases. The new Translational Geroscience Initiative at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) seeks to change that approach by studying the effects of aging on various ailments.
Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients
Close to 20% of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Performance on a simple mobility test is the best predictor of whether an elderly heart attack patient will be readmitted, a Yale-led study reports.
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.
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.
Earlier hospice care would improve quality of end of life
Older, terminally ill patients could improve the quality of their last days by accessing hospice services much sooner, according to a Yale School of Medicine-led study. The study found that, while Medicare covers hospice when a patient is given a prognosis of six months or less to live, most patients don’t turn to the services until the very end of life. The prognosis is made according to Medicare criteria for each condition. “I think the main message is that there are opportunities to improve care at the end of life in terms of addressing bothersome symptoms … through earlier referral to hospice,” said Dr. Thomas Gill, professor of geriatric medicine and director of the Yale Program on Aging, who is the study’s first author.Source: New Haven Register
Assessing Symptoms in Older Adults After Critical Illness
Older adults who survive a critical illness, such as sepsis or respiratory failure, often have symptoms that restrict activities, but little is known about how these symptoms change over time or compare with those prior to illness, and whether these changes differ among vulnerable subgroups. In a new study, Yale researchers evaluated changes in restricting symptoms among adults aged 70 or older during the six months after discharge from the ICU or intensive care unit.
Using Interactive Animated Flipped-classroom Modules to Better Teach Dementia Care
A new medical education study demonstrates how a modular, flipped-classroom curriculum using character animations can better train nursing students to deliver effective care to patients with dementia and other cognitive disorders.
Introducing the Internal Medicine 2021-2022 Annual Report
In the new report, there are updates from our clinical programs, research endeavors, our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and educational programs. Our faculty members were honored for their educational excellence. Research initiatives at Yale received applause on the national and international stages. This book highlights all that we have accomplished together this past year…
Ferrante Receives R01 Grant for Geriatric Critical Care Research
Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine), was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project Evaluating the Unmet Needs of Older Adults to Promote Functional Recovery After a Critical Illness (LANTERN).
Yale Pepper Center Funding Available
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 within 5 years of total faculty appointment) or a pilot project proposal.
Yale Older Adult Research Center Receives Renewed Funding
For the sixth 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 that have received continuous NIA support since it was first funded in 1992.
Gettel Named 2023-2025 NAM ABEM Fellow
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected Cameron J. Gettel, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor of emergency medicine, as the 2023-2025 American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Fellow. The NAM ABEM Fellowship aims to provide talented, early-career, health science scholars in Emergency Medicine the opportunity to participate in evidence-based health care studies that improve patient care outcomes in domestic and global health care systems.