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YSPH scientist invited to White House summit

The White House invited Anne Wyllie, principal investigator of the SalivaDirect Initiative at YSPH, to participate in September with global leaders in the White House 2021 Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better to Prepare for the Next. The virtual summit hosted by the United Nations required participants to make substantial commitments in funding, expertise, technological innovation, and capacity to tackle obstacles in vaccination, testing, and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and future pathogens. 

“Muslim ban” harmed health of Muslim Americans

When former President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order in 2017 banning foreign nationals of select Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States, the sweeping decree quickly rippled down to affect health outcomes for Muslim Americans, Yale researchers say. A study by YSPH and partner institutions found that a significant number of people in the Muslim community in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area skipped their primary care appointments after the ban, and there was also an increase in their visits to the emergency department. The findings, published July 30 in the journal JAMA Network Open, provides evidence that an abrupt change in federal immigration policy can directly affect health outcomes among people legally residing in the United States.

New Yorkers craved alcohol during pandemic

As New York state’s lockdown orders wore on in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents increasingly felt cravings for alcohol—and reported subsequently misusing it, a published study finds. The study by Assistant Professor Ijeoma Opara and colleagues analyzed survey data from nearly 600 young adults living in the state in 2020. The scientists found a staggering association between anxiety, sleep disturbances, and even positive COVID-19 diagnoses with increased alcohol use. It is believed to be the first study that analyzed alcohol cravings during the pandemic.    

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