A rumored merger would create yet another health care titan
A potential merger between two of the country's largest health insurers would create yet another massive health care company in an industry increasingly dominated by titans. YSPH Associate Professor Zach Cooper provides insights.Source: Axios
YIGH Leadership in Global Health Fellowship program helps students build career skills
For Yale students who participate in the Leadership in Global Health Fellowship program, these summer experiences are more than mere possibilities. They are essential parts of the Yale Institute for Global Health’s dedication to helping students from across Yale secure work experiences that can make a difference in their future careers — and in some of the biggest issues in global health across the world.
Opinion: Trust in science is declining. Here’s how we can regain it
A new survey reports a decline in the public’s trust in scientists, and a decrease even in the belief that science has a positive impact on society, between 2016 and today. YPSH Dean Megan Ranney and U.S. CDC advisor and epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina lay out a path toward rebuilding trust in this opinion piece.Source: CNN
Experts Call for National Reporting of Medical Errors to Rebuild Trust
More than 20 million Americans lose trust in health care annually due to mistakes and other adverse events in their medical care, according to survey data. In a new article, YSPH Professor Mark Schlesinger and colleagues call for a national registry of adverse events to better prepare Americans for their health care experiences, thereby rebuilding trust in hospitals and health care staff involved in these events.
Anti-obesity Medication Semaglutide (Wegovy®) Could Benefit Millions of Americans With Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease
The medication has the potential to markedly reduce the risk of heart attacks and other heart-related conditions among millions of Americans with obesity who have also been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, a Yale study shows.
Data Sharing — A New Era for Research Funded by the U.S. Government
In late January 2023, the new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which requires researchers to share data that were generated with NIH support, went into effect. The potential effects of this shift in the clinical research enterprise toward data sharing are profound.Source: The New England Journal of Medicine
Doctors grapple with patients' demand for weight-loss drugs
Doctors are getting inundated with patients' requests for wildly popular new anti-obesity drugs, including from many who don't really need them. Dean Megan L. Ranney is concerned the drugs draw attention away from the societal structural changes that are needed to address many of the underlying causes of obesity.Source: Axios
Key Medicare payment model fails to improve mental health
A nationwide Medicare program that aims to improve health care and reduce costs by linking health-care reimbursements to health quality and cost outcomes resulted in no improvements in mental health care, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Yale School of Public Health.Source: Washington University School of Medicine
A new study maps the lasting effects of gun violence on children and teens who survive their injuries
While firearm injuries are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the U.S., there are twice as many survivors of these injuries, and clinicians who have treated gunshot wounds know the experience can cast shadows far into a child’s future.Source: STAT
With a new center, All of Us tackles health data silos to power precision medicine
Over the past five years, two unique federal efforts have collected the health records of millions of Americans. They’ve assembled billions of clinical observations, medication logs, lab results, and more with the goal of supercharging public health research. Now, their dramatically different approaches to data sharing are coming together to put citizens’ real-world health information to work.Source: STAT
The Long History of Long COVID and Other Chronic Illnesses
The term post-acute infection syndrome refers to chronic diseases that occur after an acute viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection, including chronic Lyme and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Yale School of Medicine is investigating the many questions surrounding post-acute infection syndromes in its new Center for Infection & Immunity.
FDA Makes a Move to Ban Menthol and Flavored Cigarettes
Public health experts have long urged the government to take action against menthol-flavored cigarettes, and the Food and Drug Administration is finally stepping up. “Eliminating menthol in cigarettes would reduce youth from starting to smoke and similarly, eliminating all flavors in e-cigarettes would drastically reduce youths from starting to use tobacco products,” says YSPH's Jody Sindelar.Source: The Messenger
Tobacco purchases rise following restrictions on e-cigarette sales
The immense popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, among young people has led many policymakers to restrict the sale of flavored varieties. But rather than nudging people away from “vapes,” as these e-cigarettes are called, such measures could backfire by driving users to instead buy conventional cigarettes, according to researchers at the Yale School of Public Health.
Will Uninsured Americans Be Able to Get Their COVID Shot?
The government created the Bridge Access program to help those without insurance. Does anyone care about it? Associate Professor Jason Schwartz says the public is fatigued when it comes to news about another COVID shot.Source: The Messenger