Diversity efforts drive rise in female and minority medical school students
Medical schools in the United States are accepting more women and minority students a decade after diversity standards were introduced by a national accrediting body. According to Yale researchers, the standards are associated with an increase in both the number and proportion of applicants from underrepresented groups, suggesting that the pool of minority talent is sufficient to boost diversity.
Tomorrow is Today: Elise DeVito
While studying how men and women respond to therapies to treat cocaine addiction as a BIRCWH Scholar, DeVito demonstrated that women had poorer cocaine use outcomes than men. DeVito now hopes to build on previous findings that demonstrate the different reactions of women to nicotine as compared to men and at different points in their menstrual cycles.
Osteoporosis Prevention: A Q&A with Dr. Cristina Brunet
Bones are constantly being formed and resorbed in our bodies. As we get older, our bones become less dense as formation does not keep up with loss. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones and a greater risk of fractures. As many as 20% of women and 5% of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. After menopause, women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis because they no longer produce enough estrogen to keep their bones as healthy as when they were younger. Additionally, people who take medications such as steroids for an extended period are more likely to experience bone loss.