Risky driving identified by balloon pumps
A simple computer game where people inflate balloons may someday predict an individual’s likelihood of being in a car accident, report researchers at the Yale School of Medicine. The Balloon Analog Risk Task (BART) is a common assessment of behavioral risk-taking that has been previously shown to correlate with a range of dangerous behaviors. In »
Cause of Tourette Syndrome discovered
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine are the first to show that a mutation to a single gene can cause Tourette Syndrome (TS). While a previous Yale study showed that a mutation to the histamine-producing gene HDC co-occurred with TS, the study published in the journal Neuron on Jan. 8 demonstrated a causal link »
Babies hesitant to touch plants
A new Yale study suggests that humans should thank evolution for our hesitation to reach out and touch poison ivy.
Relationships of pregnant teens examined
While some parents say children are their greatest joy, a recent Yale study found that in young couples, the quality of the relationship and the mental health of the individuals decline after the birth of the baby. The Parent and Relationship Training and Risk Study (PARTNRS) interviewed young pregnant couples three times —once during pregnancy, »
Alcoholism gene found in males
Alcohol dependence has long been known to be more common among men than women. And now, Yale researchers think they have found the genetic root of this difference. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine analyzed the genetic code of 2,927 individuals and found that two mutations in a gene on the X-chromosome correlated with »
Immunity key in bee sting response
A new study shows that a common venom found in bee stings triggers an immune response that keeps future allergic reactions to the toxin under control.
FES prof investigates locust oubreaks
A new study led by a group of universities including Yale seeks to integrate ecology and economics to prevent locusts from ravaging crops that are crucial for livestock and humans alike. The team from Yale, Arizona State, McGill and Colorado State University has begun to analyze the ecological, social and economic factors driving locust outbreaks »
Initiative preps Yale for climate change
A new initiative from the Yale Climate & Energy Institute will model the effects of climate change over the next century to help the university prepare for the impact of global warming. The effort is a partnership between researchers at Yale, the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and MIT to understand how climate »