FDA panel member offers closer look at Pfizer vaccine for kids

Ofer Levy, who directs Boston Children’s Hospital’s Precision Vaccines Program, discussed the news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been shown to be safe in school-age children, a potentially key development in the fight to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Harvard biologist discusses testosterone’s role in society

The hormone testosterone provides a backdrop for male aggression and violence, both in nature and in society, argues a Harvard human evolutionary biologist.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 17, 2021 ~6 min

Diet could affect coronavirus risk according to MGH study

Massachusetts General Hospital study links healthy plant-based foods with lower risks of getting of COVID-19 and of having severe disease after infection.

Tracy Hampton • harvard
Sept. 10, 2021 ~5 min

Delta shouldn’t stop kids from returning to class, expert says

Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist and director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, says COVID vaccines for children should not be rushed and a return to in-person learning can still be navigated.

Clea Simon • harvard
Sept. 2, 2021 ~4 min

Statisticians put odds of Bennu hitting Earth into perspective

Recently NASA updated its forecast of the chances that the asteroid Bennu will hit Earth in the next 300 years. Harvard statisticians put it into perspective.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Aug. 31, 2021 ~2 min

Radcliffe fellow’s project demystifies health care system

James Sturm used his skills as a comic book artist, and the help of several Harvard undergrads, to create a comic book that breaks down the health care industry.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Aug. 31, 2021 ~7 min

Analysis of 231-million-year-old fossil sheds light on reptile evolution

With just a look Tiago R. Simões was sure a fossil was sui generis — and it turned out to belong to a previously unknown species of a lizard-like reptile, representing the earliest evolving member of a lineage that today includes all lizards, snakes, and their closest relatives.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Aug. 30, 2021 ~7 min

Study: Reducing sugar in packaged foods could reduce disease

A new health and economic model clearly shows why it’s imperative that food manufacturers reduce the amount of added sugar in their products.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 27, 2021 ~6 min

Michael Pollan discusses new book, ‘This Is Your Mind on Plants’

In his new book, Michael Pollan provides a contextual backdrop to how we think about and use drugs.

Casey Campbell • harvard
Aug. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Experts say lessons from abroad can rein in COVID variant

Despite its ability to transmit more easily and puncture vaccine defenses, the delta variant is no superbug. It is vulnerable to masking, distancing, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions, lessons from delta outbreaks overseas show.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 24, 2021 ~10 min