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Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Since 1988, Dr. John Krystal has taken schizophrenia research down a new path, discovering potential new antipsychotic therapies by investigating the brain’s glutamate release and response systems.

Vaccines Cause Autism

Vaccines Cause Autism

A sizable number of parents with autistic children believe early vaccinations are the cause of their children’s condition. However, numerous investigations have failed to provide substantial evidence for either hypothesis. Why, then, do so many people still believe that vaccinations cause autism?

Yale Professor Maps Health and Disease in the Elm City

Yale Professor Maps Health and Disease in the Elm City

New Haven and Yale are taking steps to improve health by investigating a possible link between neighborhood assets and incidences of chronic disease.

Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

A new study by Yale professor Meenakshi Alreja has shown that calorie restriction may play a role in infertil­ity via a molecular pathway that shuts down the activity of brain cells that control the reproductive axis.

An Artificial Approach to a Very Real Problem: Creating a Pancreas to Treat Type I Diabetes

An Artificial Approach to a Very Real Problem: Creating a Pancreas to Treat Type I Diabetes

The insulin pump, developed at Yale in the 1970s, revolutionized the management of Type 1 Diabetes, but manual pump adjustment can be inexact. Now, researchers are designing an artificial pancreas that aims to imitate the natural organ’s function of keeping blood sugar levels in a safe range.

Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Rigor mortis, the stiffening of a body several hours after death, arises from a combination of two of the oldest definitions of death – cessation of the heartbeat and cessation of breathing.

Yale Study Discovers More Effective Flu Vaccination Policies

Yale Study Discovers More Effective Flu Vaccination Policies

A study by Alison P. Galvani, Associate Professor of Epidemi­ology and Public Health, challenged the effectiveness of federal influenza vaccination guidelines.

Human Evolution Renewed: A Search for Ecologial and Genetic Reasons Behind Our Humanity

Human Evolution Renewed: A Search for Ecologial and Genetic Reasons Behind Our Humanity

The study of human evolution is a topic of great interest on many levels. Stephen Stearns, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is currently seek­ing evidence for the existence of modern day natural selection among the human population.

fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

MIT graduate student Ed Vul recently stirred up the field of neuroscience with a paper claiming that the technique of “non-independent analysis” inflates correlations between cognitive performance measure and brain activity as measures by fMRI.

Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

In a definitional whirlwind, David Healy in Mania upsets any notions of the conti­nuity of our time’s mental disorders, following the history of bipolar disorder from the ancient Greeks through the present.