Assessing the latest U.S. dietary guidelines

Harvard Chan School professor Eric Rimm looks at the updated U.S. dietary guidelines — what’s changed and what should change.

Amy Roeder • harvard
today ~6 min

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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
today ~4 min

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Laser-steering microrobot offers surgeons high-speed precision

Robotic engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science have developed a laser-steering microrobot in a miniaturized 6 by 16 millimeter package that can be integrated with existing endoscopic tools.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Coronavirus variant dampens prospects for return to normal

Will the British variant’s transmissibility upset summer plans?

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 6, 2021 ~7 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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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

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Astrochemist brings search for extraterrestrial life to Harvard

Clara Sousa-Silva, whose expertise in phosphine as a biosignature gas was key to a recent analysis that may have detected life in the clouds of Venus, has moved to the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for the final two years of her fellowship. She discusses the finding and the broader topic of the search for life on other planets.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 4, 2021 ~25 min

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Daniel Lieberman busts exercising myths

In his new book, “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding,” Daniel Lieberman explores exercising myths.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 4, 2021 ~11 min

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Ancient DNA shines light on Caribbean history, prehistory

New answers have emerged from the largest genome-wide study to date of ancient human DNA in the Americas.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Dec. 23, 2020 ~12 min

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