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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Debunking the Science of House, M.D.

The scientific explanations of the Fox medical show “House, M.D.” are supposedly grounded in fact. However, to what extent is this the case?

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Pop an Aspirin, Protect Your Liver?

In a study led by Dr. Wajahat Mehal, Associate Professor of Digestive Diseases and Immunobiol­ogy, new data suggests that aspirin may reduce liver toxicity induced by a variety of different agents in addition to serving as a general painkiller.

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Epidemiologist Receives Fulbright Scholarship for HIV Research

Dr. Robert Heimer of the Yale School of Public Health has been selected as a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to study the HIV epidemic in Russia, especially with respect to injection drug use.

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