COVID carries triple risks for college students of color

College students of color not only face a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19, they are particularly vulnerable to its psychological damage — especially when the longtime struggle against inequality and the current financial crisis are factored in, said speakers at a virtual Harvard forum.

John Laidler • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health racism financial-crisis harvard-graduate-school-of-education josephine-kim marvin-krislov meeta-kumar phillip-martin tabbye-chavous

Calculating possible fallout of Trump’s face mask remarks

Looking at the public health effects, and perhaps mortality rate, from President Trump’s running dismissal of wearing face masks to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Christina Pazzanesse • harvard
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine donald-trump christina-pazzanese harvard-chan-school vish-viswanath masks centers-for-disease-control president robert-hahn

LabXchange’s free platform built for STEM students, educators

LabXchange, a free digital-learning platform for science education, allows students, educators, scientists, and researchers to collaborate globally in an online community.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology stem online-learning in-the-community digital-learning ilab labxchange robert-lue the-amgen-foundation

Couples share heart disease risk factors and behaviors

Risk factors for heart health, such as smoking, unhealthy diets and minimal physical activity, may seem personal, but for people who are married or in a domestic partnership, the behavior patterns of one person may be strongly linked to the patterns of the other.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: heart-disease health-medicine healthy-diets heart-health

Aging chimps show social selectivity

Understanding why older chimps tend to favor small circles of meaningful, established friendships rather than seek new ones may help scientists gain a better picture of what healthy human aging should look like and what triggers this social change.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas science juan-siliezar aging chimpanzees department-of-human-evolutionary-biology alexandra-rosati kibale-chimpanzee-project lindsey-hagberg martin-n-muller melissa-emery-thompson richard-w-wrangham zarin-machanda

Anti-inflammatory drug improves survival in COVID-19 patients

Researchers have found that a targeted therapy with tocilizumab reduced mortality by 30 percent for critically ill COVID-19 patients when administered within the first two days of ICU admission.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 inflammation health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital miguel-hernan pro-inflammatory-cytokine tocilizumab

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour

Enzymatic DNA synthesis sees the light

Controlling a DNA-synthesizing enzyme with photolithographic methods from the computer chip industry facilitates multiplexed writing and storage of digital data in DNA.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology dna harvard-medical-school george-church wyss-institute

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

Experts consider the ethical implications of new technology

Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: science-technology computer-science ethics harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-college barbara-grosz radhika-nagpal alison-simmons embedded-ethics philosophy christina-pazzanese faculty-of-arts-and-science david-grant jeffrey-behrends

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