Harvard researchers find ways to improve on soap and water

Harvard researchers have devised what they hope is a better way to disinfect hands, using tiny aerosolized nanodroplets of water and nontoxic disinfectants that not only leave hands sterile, but use so little water the hands stay dry.

Alvin Powell | Jan. 23, 2020 | harvard
~11 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aerosol alvin-powell basic-research center-for-nanotechnology-and-nanotoxicology hand-hygiene hand-washing harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health philip-demokritou runze-huang water

New findings suggest how stress may trigger gray hair

Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress turns hair gray.

Jessica Lau | Jan. 22, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology bing-zhang fas gray-hair hair isaac-chiu jessica-lau nature scrb stem-cells stress ya-chieh-hsu

Historical view reshapes beliefs about colonization

A new study overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the landscape pre- and post- European colonization.

Clarisse Hart | Jan. 20, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology biodiversity david-foster environments-sustainability fas forests harvard-forest land-management nature-sustainability new-england

Special ice solution injected under skin is shown to reduce fat

The lab that invented cryolipolisis or “Coolsculpting,” a popular nonsurgical method for reducing fat under the skin, is developing a promising new form of the technology that can selectively reduce fat almost anywhere in the body using an injectable ice solution or “slurry.”

Harvard Gazette | Jan. 15, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research coolsculpting cryolipolisis fat-cells fat-deposits lilit-garibyan mgh wellman-center-for-photomedicine

Solid vaccine eliminates acute myeloid leukemia in mice

A new study presents an alternative treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has the potential to eliminate AML cells completely.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 14, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml aml basic-research biomaterial-based-vaccine harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences

Wyss researchers predict biggest scientific advances of 2020s

The Wyss Institute asked its faculty members to predict the biggest scientific advancements in their fields in the next 10 years.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 13, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: science-technology 2030 predictions scientific-advances wyss-institute

Major study on Duchenne muscular dystrophy gains support

Harvard stem-cell research receives support from Sarepta Therapeutics for work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Caroline Perry | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology amy-wagers caroline-perry duchenne-muscular-dystrophy office-of-technology-development sarepta-therapeutics stem-cells

Plastic additive linked to excessive reproductive abnormalities

New findings shed light as to how DEHP, a common chemical in plastic, may impact human reproductive health.

Stephanie Dutchen | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research birth-defects caenorhabditis-elegans dehp di2-ethylhexyl-phthalate male-infertility plasticizer reproductive-abnormalities

5 healthy habits may offer years free of chronic diseases

A Harvard study has found that people who practice healthy habits at age 50 lived more years free of chronic diseases compared to those who did not practice any of these habits.

Amy Roeder | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research chronic-disease frank-hu harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health health-lifestyle-habits middle-age nurses-health-study-and-the-health-professionals-follow-up-study walter-c-willett

Researchers unveil stem cell models of human spine development

Harvard researchers have unveiled the first stem cell models of human spine development, setting the stage for better understanding of musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including congenital scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, and Type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie Dutchen | Jan. 8, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology congenital-scoliosis muscular-dystrophy musculoskeletal-disorders olivier-pourquie segmentation-clock stem-cells type-2-diabetes

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