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Visualizing the Pathway of Pain: The Path to Opioid Alternatives

Visualizing the Pathway of Pain: The Path to Opioid Alternatives

In communities across America, the opioid crisis is ripping apart families. Overdoses are leaving children orphans and addiction is ruining lives. The root cause of the issue is the over prescription of opioid painkillers by medical professionals. Between 21% and

Yale Study Investigates Barrier to Rural Opioid Treatment: Driving Distance to Methadone Clinics

Yale Study Investigates Barrier to Rural Opioid Treatment: Driving Distance to Methadone Clinics

Public health officials say that the drug methadone, dispensed daily, is one of the key tools for combatting the opioid epidemic in the United States. Every day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in

Yale Chemists Pave a New Path to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, but the Market May be a Problem

Yale Chemists Pave a New Path to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, but the Market May be a Problem

Yale chemists may have found a way to create a new class of antibiotics that could potentially change how we approach antibiotic development and combat antibiotic resistance. However, the biggest challenge to developing new antibiotics can be the economic potential

Mosquitoes Survive

Mosquitoes Survive

It is an increasingly common and controversial strategy to reduce populations of  mosquitoes that can transmit dangerous diseases. But a new Yale study finds that it might not work and might actually make things worse. Oxitec, a commercial biotechnology company,

Yale Scientists Create Novel Framework to Detect Hidden Virus Outbreaks

Yale Scientists Create Novel Framework to Detect Hidden Virus Outbreaks

In 2016, a Zika epidemic raged across the Americas, leading to more than 1,263 reported infections. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to an increased risk of neurological complications in adults and children, and birth defects in

Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Obesity is an increasingly common and significant health concern that affects greater than one in three adults in the United States. It can cause numerous complications, including heart disease, diabe­tes, or cancer. Development of obesity is the result of an

A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

In Pau da Lima, the Brazilian epicenter of the 2015-2016 Zika epidemic, over seventy percent of the population was infected. Yet, across distances as small as twenty meters, there were large variations in risk of Zika infection. This differential immunity

The (DNA) Damaging Effects of Alcohol

The (DNA) Damaging Effects of Alcohol

Acetaldehyde, a product of the breakdown of alcohol, damages the DNA of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), the cells that generate blood cells in your bone marrow. DNA damage inflicted by acetaldehyde can result in cell death and cancers like leukemia.

Alumni Profile: Esther Choo (JE ’94, MD ’01)

Alumni Profile: Esther Choo (JE ’94, MD ’01)

Dr. Esther Choo’s work transcends the walls of the emergency room. Besides treating patients and conducting research, she also utilizes her 20K-follower Twitter platform to advocate for social equity in the medical field.

How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

A national study has confirmed a genetic link to our bodies’ responses to the flu vaccine. Yale Associate Professor of Medicine Ruth Montgomery explains the significance of this discovery to the future of vaccination.