A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~5 min
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A biology-based mathematical model indicates why COVID-19 outcomes vary widely and how therapy can be tailored to match the needs of specific patient groups.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~6 min
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A study of diet has found that by adhering to specific guidelines, women can reduce more than one-third of incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~3 min
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In his new book, “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding,” Daniel Lieberman explores exercising myths.
Jan. 4, 2021 • ~11 min
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A new study has found that pregnant women with COVID-19 do not pass the virus to newborns, however, they may pass fewer-than-expected antibodies to newborns.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~3 min
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Anthony Fauci predicted herd immunity by next fall and “normality” by 2021’s end, as long as enough people get vaccinated to bring the pandemic to an end.
Dec. 10, 2020 • ~8 min
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COVID-19 has not only sickened and killed millions around the globe, it has wreaked havoc on existing programs to fight health ills that affect millions more. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams discusses with the Gazette an “action agenda” on global health for the incoming Biden administration.
Dec. 10, 2020 • ~16 min
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Researchers find that obesity allows cancer cells to outcompete tumor-killing immune cells in a battle for fuel in mice.
Dec. 9, 2020 • ~10 min
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