May 2017 News

Yale experts question push for ‘abuse-deterrent’ Rx opioids

May 31, 2017
In response to the rise in opioid overdose deaths nationwide, pharmaceutical companies have developed formulations of prescription opioids designed to prevent tampering or abuse. These “abuse-deterrent” forms, however, are expensive and may not actually have the intended effect, say experts from Yale School of Medicine.  

Fossil skeleton confirms earliest primates were tree dwellers

May 30, 2017
Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial skeleton discovered in New Mexico — the oldest-known primate skeleton.

Optic probes shed light on binge-eating

May 25, 2017
Activating neurons in an area of the brain not previously associated with feeding can produce binge-eating behavior in mice, a new Yale study finds.

Study: Targeted conservation could protect more of Earth’s biodiversity

May 25, 2017
A new study finds that major gains in global biodiversity can be achieved if an additional 5% of land is set aside to protect key species.

Crowd-sourced project to build Yale theater history database

May 24, 2017
Yale’s Digital Humanities Lab is working with the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library to make data from hundreds of Yale theater programs easily accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

Can better tech improve doctor-patient conversations? A case study with CAT scans in the ER

May 22, 2017
A Yale-led team of researchers have developed an electronic application tool that puts patients at the center of a decision about an overused medical test: the CAT or CT scan. If it pans out in wider pilot testing, the innovative app could inform the way that health technology tools are developed and used by physicians and patients.

Introducing the new Wright Lab, where physics takes on the universe’s biggest questions

May 18, 2017
Yale’s Wright Lab has been re-imagined as a nimble nexus for creating the sophisticated instruments that will transform science in the decades to come.