Media Briefs

Media Briefs delivers healthcare news and insights through patient stories and interviews with clinicians and researchers. This page is regularly updated with expert-reviewed content which is available for journalists’ reporting needs. Feel free to run the story in its entirety or just portions and use the photos, both with credit to YNHHS. If you would like to speak with sources quoted in these articles, please contact Arielle Sklar, media content coordinator, Yale New Haven Health, at [email protected] or 203-200-3716.

Bridgeport Hospital becomes first facility in CT to offer uterus-saving fibroid procedure

Since her teenage years, Charlene Toth had one week each month where normal life gave way to cramps, bleeding and exhaustion. After learning that these symptoms were caused by uterine fibroids, Charlene went to Bridgeport Hospital in December 2021 to become the first person in Connecticut to have her fibroids treated with laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids.

Learn more about this laparaoscopic procedure 

The path of most resistance: When antibiotics work for you (and when they really don’t!)

When antibiotics were introduced, the medical community was in awe as sick patients improved within hours. Before antibiotics hit the scene in the 1940s there wasn’t much in physicians’ arsenals to fight microbes. Diseases like strep throat and ear infections sometimes led to heart complications and hearing impairment; and infections related to childbirth were rampant. 

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A startling diagnosis and a new beginning: A follow-up on CT’s first in-utero spina bifida surgery

In April 2020, as the world shuttered and health systems were laser-focused on fighting a novel coronavirus, 25 year old Tianna Borst and her unborn daughter prepared to undergo a transformative surgery at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) to correct a rare form of spina bifida. 

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Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 7, sleep expert shares how to maximize the extra hour

Twice per year our nation’s sleep is upended by the change to and from Daylight Saving Time. The next scheduled disruption is on Nov. 7, when at 2 am the time rolls back an hour to 1 am ending Daylight Saving Time and returning to Standard Time — which is good news for our health.

Learn more about sleep and Daylight Savings Time

Yale New Haven Health harnessed the power of ventilation to fight COVID-19

A recent observational study looking at COVID-19 isolation dormitories showed opening a window could reduce the amount of coronavirus in a room by half. This study highlights the importance of fresh air changes within indoor environments, a core aspect of Yale New Haven Heath’s immediate pandemic response.   

Learn more about ventilation and disease

Babesiosis, a parasite that deserves a second look

It all began in November of 2020 when Lind had a strange itch that dissipated in a hot shower. He didn’t think about it until the next month when he tried to grip the car steering wheel and his hands shook violently.

Learn more about Babesiosis

Some people are experiencing phantom scents after recovering from COVID-19: Otolaryngologist discusses retraining the nose

A growing number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 are flocking to Facebook support groups to try to understand why their breakfast tastes like cigarettes or their favorite latte smells like tar. 

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Gaucher disease: Meet the patient and physician bringing light to a once-tragic condition

Nathaniel Kleytman, 24, is assisting in an internationally recognized clinical research lab before he heads off to medical school — but that’s just a slice of his turnaround story. Understanding why his achievements hold great significance for the rare disease community requires looking back to his childhood.

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“It is not a choice,” how Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital is addressing the eating disorder surge and what to do while waiting for care

Eating disorders among children and teens have surged nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing the pressure on our healthcare system and leaving families scrambling for appropriate care.

Learn more about the effects of eating disorders

New study strengthens the case for reduced blood draws in NICU babies 

“Every time a sleeping baby is disrupted for a heel prick, a vein poke, or other blood draw, it impacts that baby’s quality of life during their course of stay,” said Marta Kenney RN, NICU, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH). Ms. Kenney has been caring for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for over a decade...

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Top summer reasons children use the Emergency Department: Emergency Department medical director available for interviews 

Our first post-vaccine summer has arrived, bringing travel and group activities roaring back to life. With this excitement – your local Emergency Department is likely preparing for “trauma season,” a spike in children's unintended injuries...

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HPV and cervical cancer across the lifespan: Gynecologic oncologist discusses recent studies

The HPV vaccine is highly effective against the cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus, yet only half of teenagers and young adults have gotten all of the doses recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Learn more about HPV and cervical cancer

An evidence-based approach to vitamin supplements: Dietitians available for interviews

An eagerness to enhance health and immunity has skyrocketed vitamin sales during the pandemic, yet there is little consensus around the safety and effectiveness of these supplements.......

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Addressing persistent symptoms following COVID-19: Physicians from the Post COVID Recovery Program at the Winchester Center for Lung Disease available for interviews

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a third of non-hospitalized people who contract COVID-19 experience symptoms weeks to months after the initial infection.......

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Reducing anxiety before a child’s surgery: Pediatric anesthesiologists available for interviews

Each year about a million children under the age of four in the United States have surgery with general anesthesia, leaving millions of parents worried about how to prepare their families......

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What a nine-year study on desire for movement teaches us about exercise motivation: exercise physiologist available for interviews

A new series of studies published in Frontiers of Psychology looking at desire for movement show there are certain triggers that influence motivation to move.......

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What Is Tinnitus? Otorhinolaryngologist available for interviews

With the recent news about a potential link between COVID-19 and tinnitus, the medical term for a ringing in the ears, Adam Pearl, MD, chief of Otorhinolaryngology, Bridgeport Hospital, who sees patients with tinnitus on a daily basis, shares information about this condition and ways to protect your hearing.......

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Yale New Haven Health launches health information webpage for journalists

Yale New Haven Health has launched Media Briefs, an editorial webpage providing journalists with healthcare news and insights through patient stories and interviews with leading medical experts.......

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Fertility during the pandemic: OBGYN and reproductive endocrinologist available for interviews

Several states are reporting significant drops in birth rates over the past year and a June study from Guttmacher Institute found that more than 40 percent of women reported that COVID-19 changed their conception plans.......

Learn more about COVID-19 and fertility

COVID-19 variants: Infectious disease expert available for interviews

Reports of mutations that give the virus an advantage, such as the UK variant, have emerged along with questions around how these mutations will impact immunity......

Learn more about COVID-19 variants

New heart transplant method comes to Yale New Haven Hospital

FDA grants Yale New Haven Hospital Continued Access for donation after circulatory death.....

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Pandemic-related depression: Behavioral health experts available for interviews

A survey study published in JAMA Network Open in September 2020 found that U.S. adults were reporting levels of depressive symptoms more than three times higher during the pandemic than before it took hold.....

Learn more about depression during the pandemic