Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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What Janet Yellen can do about climate change as US Treasury secretary

The former Federal Reserve chair has the experience and broad respect to get businesses to move on climate change and to lay the foundation for real and lasting progress.

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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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

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Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.

Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Pregnant women with COVID-19 don’t pass virus to newborns, study finds

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.

Tracy Hampton • harvard
Dec. 22, 2020 ~3 min

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Can mammogram screening be more effective?

Study: Healthier women are more likely to follow age-based guidelines, leaving room for better-targeted testing.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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Closing the mortality gap between Black and white patients

Mortality rate after cancer surgery drops during 10-year period, but gap persists between Black and white patients.

Rob Levy • harvard
Dec. 3, 2020 ~3 min

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Malaysia Group Teaches Refugee Women to Read and Write

VOA Learning English • voa
Dec. 1, 2020 ~5 min

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Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry

Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.

Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Did prehistoric women hunt? New research suggests so

New research is challenging the hypothesis that men did the hunting in prehistoric societies.

Annemieke Milks, Honorary Research Fellow, UCL • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~5 min

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