The science behind those afternoon naps

Researchers have identified three distinct mechanisms that promote napping and found that many napping-related genes also regulate other aspects of sleep.

Timothy Gower • harvard
Feb. 10, 2021 ~5 min

Novel software tool includes diverse ancestry in genetics studies

More than one-third of the U.S. population is made up of individuals with recent ancestors from multiple continents. A new genetics tool helps uncover disease-associated gene variants in these individuals.

Anita Slomski • harvard
Feb. 2, 2021 ~5 min

Survey finds doctors have negative perception of patients with disability

A national survey finds that four-fifths of physicians believe that significant disabilities are associated with worse quality of life, which may have dangerous implications for the quality of health care patients with disability receive.

Anita Slomski • harvard
Feb. 1, 2021 ~5 min

Does aspirin lower colorectal cancer risk? Not after age 70

A new study finds that while regular aspirin use has clear benefits in reducing colorectal cancer incidence among middle-aged adults, the benefits stop after age 70.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 21, 2021 ~4 min

Math model suggests optimal coronavirus treatment strategies

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.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Study finds guidelines to reduce heartburn symptoms

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.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~3 min

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

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

Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Mass. General tests new therapy for pregnant coronavirus patients

Mass General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min