Study pinpoints protein key to fighting a common intestinal illness

June 21, 2017
Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. It is highly infectious and potentially deadly. The virus, which has evolved strategies to evade the immune system, is the focus of new research lead by immunologist Richard Flavell and published in Nature.

Yale archaeologists discover earliest monumental Egyptian hieroglyphs

June 20, 2017
The previously unknown rock inscriptions are some of the oldest — and largest — signs from the formative stages of the hieroglyphic script.

Study identifies gene — and drug target — involved in inflammation after injury

June 20, 2017
During a stroke or organ transplant, patients can suffer an injury due to lack of blood supply to vital organs. The injury — known as ischemia reperfusion — can cause damage to tissues. But a new Yale-led study has identified a previously unknown mechanism leading to the injury, and a potential target for drug treatment.

One in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital after ‘observation stays’

June 20, 2017
As many as one in five older Medicare patients returns to the hospital after an observation stay, or short-term outpatient stay, a Yale-led study found. This high rate of revisit to the hospital points to a hidden vulnerability among these patients, and suggests changes in care might be needed, the researchers said.

Deaths of migrating wildebeests key to Serengeti’s vibrant ecosystem

June 19, 2017
Wildebeest carcasses, casualties of the world’s largest overland animal migration, pile up annually on the banks of the Mara River in Africa and play a crucial role in vibrant ecosystem of the Serengeti plains, a new Yale-led study has found.

Peabody digitization project facilitates ‘time travel’ to Cretaceous period

June 19, 2017
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History houses tens of thousands of fossil specimens collected from the chalk deposits left behind by the Western Interior Seaway. Now it’s digitizing its fossil collections to enable researchers and students to better understand this once-vibrant and long-disappeared ecosystem.

Sedative combats virus that can cause birth defects

June 19, 2017
A common sedative may help combat common viral infections that can cause birth defects in developing babies, Yale researchers report June 19 in the Journal of Neuroscience.