University study reveals drug may kill cancer cells

February 23, 2004 • 0
In a new study, Yale researchers have reported preliminary results that show an experimental anti-cancer drug called phenoxodiol may help kill cancer cells and increase the effectiveness of standard chemotherapy. Researchers administered the drug to female patients at Yale New-Haven Hospital with recurrent ovarian cancers, many of which were unresponsive to chemotherapy treatments. The main »

Med School to make labs better for environment

February 20, 2004 • 0
The upcoming improvements to the Sterling Hall of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine are providing an opportunity to explore potential standards for making laboratory renovations environmentally-friendly. The renovation of the third floor of the C wing of the hall, work which is slated to begin in April, will be used to develop a »

Mitochondria sheds light on diabetes

February 16, 2004 • 0
A new study by Yale researchers has found decreased mitochondrial activity in children of parents with type 2 diabetes, which may lead to the onset of the disease. The research, which took place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md., involved the comparison of a sample of insulin-resistant children of diabetic parents »

University research illuminates epilepsy

February 12, 2004 • 0
A new study by Yale researchers has shown that low levels of an enzyme in the brain are connected with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which affects 40 percent of the 2.5 million Americans with epilepsy. Dr. Tore Eid, associate research scientist in the laboratory of Nihal de Lanerolle at Yale School of Medicine, said patients »

NIH to fund neural cell study

February 11, 2004 • 0
A Yale researcher was recently awarded $6 million from the National Institute of Health to study neural cell transplantation in primates to treat Parkinson’s disease. D. Eugene Redmond, M.D., and Yale School of Medicine professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry, is the principal investigator on the study. The five-year grant will enable Redmond to study the »

Suit challenges hospitals’ debt collection practices

February 6, 2004 • 0
A suit was filed late last week against Yale New-Haven and Bridgeport Hospitals, alleging their debt collection procedures violate medical debt collection protections adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly in October 2003. The suit was filed by 11 plaintiffs with the support of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, which represents 150 workers »

Union settles with 13 hospital workers

February 4, 2004 • 0
Thirteen cafeteria employees at Yale-New Haven Hospital have reached a settlement with the Service Employees International Union District 1199, three months after filing an official complaint against the union. The National Labor Relations Board brokered the settlement and said District 1199, which represents 150 dietary workers at the hospital, must rescind its membership resignation policy, »

Hair dyes increase risk of lymphoma

January 28, 2004 • 0
A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology at Yale has shown that people who have used hair dye, particularly permanent dye in dark colors, for over 25 years are at a higher risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). The six-year study examined approximately 600 Connecticut women between the ages of 21 and »

Estrogen may increase stress’ effects on brain

January 28, 2004 • 0
A new study at Yale shows that high levels of estrogen may render the brain more susceptible to the detrimental effects of stress. These findings may explain why stress-related mental illnesses including depression, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occur at least twice as often in women and decline after menopause. Stress is known to »

Study finds flaws in med school curricula

January 27, 2004 • 0
Medical schools fail to adequately prepare students for basic patient interaction before they enter clinical settings in their last years of medical school, according to a group of studies published this month in Academic Medicine. In the studies, researchers identified problems with the education and performance of medical students in a variety of disciplines. Doctors »

Undergrads train as EMTs for University

January 22, 2004 • 0
As if Yalies do not have enough stress, a select group of students is embracing an extracurricular activity that is a matter of life and death. The Yale Student Emergency Medical Services (YSEMS) is a student organization that provides on-the-scene medical care at many Yale athletic events and provides courses to educate students in the »

Mosquito researchers meet sweat success

January 21, 2004 • 0
This week, Yale researchers published findings concerning how mosquitoes respond to the smell of human sweat, aiding them in detecting human hosts. This discovery will be useful in developing insect repellents and insect traps. John Carlson, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Elissa Hallem GRD ’05, created a means of identifying specific smell »