Vaccine Clinic Offers Choice and Reassurance to New Haven Children
Corinne Scott, 8, and Chidera Ogbuagu, 10, lined up at a vaccine clinic at Elm City Montessori School in New Haven on November 6th. Helping children like Chidera and Corinne feel good about getting vaccinated is a key part of the vaccine effort’s broader success.
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
Yale to start enrolling young children and pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine trials
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out for adults in much of the world, pharmaceutical companies have started to conduct further trials to confirm whether the shots are also safe and effective for children and pregnant women.Source: Yale Daily News
Waterbury Black church leaders, Yale team up to dispel myths about COVID vaccine for communities of color, seniors
In Waterbury, an aggressive effort to take the COVID-19 vaccine to hard-to-reach communities embarked on another chapter Friday. This time, one of the city’s most popular Black churches engaged in something unique to shatter some vaccine myths.Source: WTNH
COVID-19: Being a part of research to make a change
Much like the rest of the world, I have been very aware of just how serious the COVID-19 pandemic is--a health crisis in need of immediate action with African Americans dying at twice the rate and hospitalized at almost three times that of our white counterparts. So, when I was given the opportunity to participate in the vaccine trial to fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus, I knew right away that it was my inherent duty as a community leader to sign up. As a Yale Cultural Ambassador and pastor for Walter’s Memorial AME Zion Church, it felt like such a significant way to further encourage members of my community to participate right alongside me, to drive health equity in our own community and advance science at the same time.
COVID-19: Making a Difference, Together
Vanessa Clayton’s story about clinical trials participation differs from most, as she was first approached to participate by her husband, Reverend Elvin Clayton, the pastor of the Walters Memorial AME Zion Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Cultural Ambassador to clinical research at Yale. Like many people of color, Mrs. Clayton was worried about the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 virus on black and brown individuals. When her husband told her about the Phase 3 randomized and placebo-controlled trial looking to test the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of the SARS CoV 2 RNA vaccine against COVID-19, she did not immediately say yes. She decided to do her own homework to understand the research and also wanted to discuss it with family members in the health profession. Ultimately, after speaking to the study PI, Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, and reviewing the informed consent, she decided to join her husband and hundreds of other Connecticut residents enrolling in the trial.
You Can Catch COVID This Way After All
Eugene Shapiro, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatric infectious disease expert and professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, explains to Eat This, Not That! Health that children not only become infected with the virus, but are 100 percent capable of spreading it to others.Source: Eat This, Not That!
Interview with Dr. Nathan A. Fox, 2020 Gesell Lecture Visiting Professor, about COVID-19
Dr. Nathan A. Fox, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, discusses his research on children’s brain development in the context of COVID-19. Dr. Fox is the 2020 Gesell Lecture Visiting Professor.
Opinion: To save lives, Hartford should give the green light to red-light cameras
Pedestrian deaths in Connecticut are rising — 65 men, women and children were killed in 2020, up from 26 in 2011. This figure does not include deaths from motor vehicle crashes, which, despite COVID-19-related travel restrictions, are the highest in over a decade.Source: Hartford Courant
Impacts of COVID-19 on Orthopaedic Surgery Residency/Spine Trainee Application Trends
The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread impact across medical educational sectors, including cancellations and delays of board exams, interruptions in clinical rotations and electives, altered processes for away rotations, and conversion to virtual interviews. These changes, combined with applicant and program uncertainty, may affect the 2021 residency application cycle for competitive fields such as orthopaedic surgery. In consideration of spine trainees and the spine fellow application pipeline, the current study aims to evaluate for deviations in trends found in applications to an orthopaedic surgery residency program from the 2021 cycle compared to six years prior.
Clinical Characteristics and Perioperative Complication Profiles of COVID-19–Positive Patients Undergoing Hip Fracture Surgery
The cited study aimed to understand whether COVID-19 positivity was associated with an increased risk of adverse events after geriatric hip fracture surgery. After matching and controlling for confounding variables, the team of Yale researchers determined that COVID-19–positive hip fracture patients had increased odds of multiple postoperative adverse events. The authors concluded that clinicians caring for patients with geriatric hip fractures should be mindful of increased perioperative adverse events associated with COVID-19 positivity in caring for these patients during the ongoing global pandemic.