New drug prolongs ALS patient survival in trial

An experimental medication that was recently shown to slow the progression of ALS has now demonstrated the potential to also prolong patient survival.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine als massachusetts-general-hospital mgh lou-gehrigs-disease sean-m-healey-amg-center-for-als

COVID survivors may have four months of protection

A new study shows that people who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine massachusetts-general-hospital antibodies long-lasting-immune-responses

MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe

MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe, modulates brain repair, and may benefit patients with moderate traumatic brain injury.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine hms massachusetts-general-hospital mgh benjamin-vakoc light-therapy rajiv-gupta

Looking at children as the silent spreaders of SARS-CoV-2

A new study has found that children infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 were shown to have a significantly higher level of virus in their airways than hospitalized adults in ICUs for COVID-19 treatment.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children covid-19 basic-research health-medicine massachusetts-general-hospital sars-cov-2

App reveals loss of taste, smell coronavirus indicators

Researchers deploying a smartphone app to 2.6 million users have determined that the loss of smell and taste are most predictive symptoms of COVID-19.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell massachusetts-general-hospital smartphone-app andrew-chan symptom

Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand

Wilderness medicine fellows were among those whose attention has been turned homeward, where they’re pitching in to fight COVID-19 in the ER.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 6, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell massachusetts-general-hospital ashley-weisman brian-strickland himalayan-rescue-association lucas-trout stuart-harris wilderness-medicine-fellowship

How to ease loneliness and feel more connected

Harvard experts suggest using creativity and looking out for others as ways to get over our own loneliness as keeping socially distanced grinds on.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital social-distancing karestan-koenen jeremy-nobel loneliness robert-waldinger the-harvard-study-of-adult-development

Third-year resident describes a day in the life of an ER doctor

Urgent-care physician Anita Chary has turned her attention to treating those suffering from COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital massachusetts-general-hospital anita-chary

Social-distancing measures may be flattening the curve

A top emergency-preparedness official with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital says recent modeling shows social distancing is working to flatten the curve.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital emergency-room paul-biddinger ventilators

Online course to train medical pros on use of mechanical ventilators

Harvard and EdX, the virtual learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT, announced the launch of a free online course designed to train frontline medical professionals to operate the mechanical ventilators needed to treat COVID-19 patients.

Nate Herpich • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine massachusetts-general-hospital frontline-medical-professionals mechanical-ventilators susan-wilcox thomas-piraino training

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