A probiotic therapy for patients with inflammatory bowel disease

A genetically programmed living hydrogel material that facilitates intestinal wound healing is being considered for development as a probiotic therapy for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Benjamin Boettner | Dec. 6, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research crohns-disease e-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard e-coli-nissle-strain ibd inflammatory-bowel-disease mucosal-healing probiotic probiotic-therapy ulcerative-colitis

Gender equality can shape men’s ability to recognize famous females

New research suggests a country’s degree of gender equality can shape men’s ability to recognize famous female faces.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research bias facial-recognition gender own-gender-bias

Nervous system actively stops Salmonella from infecting body

A study in mice shows the nervous system not only detects the presence of Salmonella in the gut but actively stops the organism from infecting the body by shutting the cellular gates that allow bacteria to invade the intestine and spread beyond it.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school salmonella

McLean program blends spirituality with counseling

A McLean psychologist has pioneered a program that aims to bring together two key emotional forces at work in patients’ lives: spirituality and counseling.

Alvin Powell | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine brent-forester counseling david-h-rosmarin harvard-medical-school mclean-hospital religion residential spirit spirituality

Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology condensed-matter-physics department-of-physics exotic-physics harris-pirie jenny-hoffman nature-physics physics quantum-computing samarium-hexaboride topological-insulators

FDA-approved drug shows promise against ALS in mice

Accumulating evidence suggests that inflammatory processes may play a role in the initiation and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 27, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine als amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis basic-research cromolyn-sodium inflammation

Liquid salt can reduce fat absorption and weight in rats

Harvard researchers have found an orally administered liquid salt — choline and geranate — that can reduce the absorption of fats from food with no discernable side effects in rats, lowering total body weight by about 12 percent.

Lindsay Brownell | Nov. 25, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research cage choline fat fat-absorption geranate obesity weight-loss

Partnership aims to accelerate cell and gene therapy

Innovative public-private partnership led by Harvard and MIT aims to bolster state’s role as a leading region globally for life sciences.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 25, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology alan-garber alvin-powell arlene-sharpe cell-manufacturing center-for-advanced-cell-innovation-and-manufacturing checkpoint-inhibitor massachusetts-life-sciences-strategies-group terry-mcguire

Diet pills linked with eating disorder diagnosis

Young women’s use of diet pills, laxatives for weight control linked with later eating disorder diagnosis.

Amy Roeder | Nov. 21, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research eating-disorder gateway harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health strategic-training-initiative-for-the-prevention-of-eating-disorder striped

Grand Challenge encourages innovation in aging

The National Academy of Medicine is mounting a Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge that seeks to boost innovation on healthier aging.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell harvard-medical-school healthy-longevity-global-grand-challenge hebrew-senior-life national-academy-of-medicine sharon-inouye

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