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New YSPH Faculty: Ijeoma Opara

Ijeoma Opara, Ph.D., LMSW, M.P.H., recently joined the Yale School of Public Health as an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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  • Empowering Black Girls May Help to Reduce Drug Use, YSPH Study Finds

    Black girls make up a relatively small portion of the overall drug-using population. But their health consequences are more severe than most: Reproductive issues, fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections and trauma exposure are all obstacles they face at statistically higher rates compared to their peers.

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  • Childhood development

    According to findings from ‘The Lancet’s Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale’ an estimated 43 per cent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting.

    Source: Guyana Times Inc.
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  • As school year begins, some immunocompromised families feel left behind

    As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, some immunocompromised families feel left behind. That’s because many districts across Connecticut aren’t offering a remote learning option, and for many families, returning to the classroom is like choosing between their education and their health.

    Source: CT Mirror
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  • Despite Concerns, Pandemic Did Not Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Veterans

    Many public health experts feared the COVID-19 pandemic would cause an increase in suicidal behavior among U.S. military veterans, a group that already has high rates of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder and which experienced a 30% surge in suicides between 2010 and 2018. New evidence, however, suggests that during the first eight months of the pandemic that did not happen. According to a study published Aug. 25 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the number of veterans who reported contemplating suicide during the pandemic actually decreased relative to pre-pandemic levels. Similarly, no uptick was observed in suicide attempts.

    Source: Yale News
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  • How the 'First 1,000 Days' Could Shape Your Baby's Future

    The old expression “you are what you eat” should be “you are what your mother eats.” That’s because the diet of a pregnant and nursing mom impacts a baby’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional health, as well as the tastebuds that will set up the child’s lifelong food preferences, says Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, a maternal-child health researcher at the Yale School of Public Health. Once babies start eating solid food at six months, their diet in the first two years lays the foundation for their tastebuds, cognitive and physical development and long-term risk for chronic diseases, he says.

    Source: Discover Magazine
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