Eating more during the holidays? Don’t mistake Oreo calories for olive calories.

As America grows fatter, scientists continue to debate the causes of the obesity crisis, while the founder of Children’s Hospital’s weight clinic says the predominant “cut calories” approach may have the problem backward.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~10 min

N.Y. plan to involuntarily treat mentally ill homeless? Not entirely outrageous

Katherine Koh, a street psychiatrist at Mass. General Hospital, explains the complicating factors behind New York City’s proposal to involuntarily treat mentally ill homeless people.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Dec. 8, 2022 ~12 min

Looking to retain most potent regenerative stem cells

Humans lose them after embryonic development, unlike some animals. New Harvard research offers potential insights into why.

Alice McCarthy • harvard
Dec. 8, 2022 ~4 min

Severe COVID-19 linked with brain aging, says study

Researchers have linked the molecular signatures underlying brain aging with the cognitive decline observed in patients with severe COVID-19.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 6, 2022 ~4 min

Excerpt from ‘Minding the Climate’ by Ann-Christine Duhaime

You believe in climate change but drive a gas-guzzler, don’t recycle. Why? Neuroscientist explores in new book.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 6, 2022 ~18 min

‘Croco-salamander’ bones offer clues to how early animals emerged from water

A study overturns the long-held belief that ancient species grew at slow, steady pace, and offers insights into human maturation.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 5, 2022 ~7 min

Why elephants have bigger bones and other mysteries of biophysics

During a virtual Harvard Science Book Talk, Raghuveer Parthasarathy examines the mysteries covered in his new book, “So Simple a Beginning: How Four Physical Principles Shape Our Living World.”

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 2, 2022 ~6 min

DASH diet offers even more benefits for Black adults and women

A new study shows that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially for women and Black adults.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 30, 2022 ~5 min

Excerpt from Barrett Rollins’ ‘In Sickness’

Barrett Rollins, wife Jane Weeks were Dana-Farber stars who kept her cancer secret nearly to end.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 30, 2022 ~12 min

Physicians discuss COP27, need to keep focus on toll suffered by real people

The health impacts of climate change are gaining greater recognition, but the most important thing, one expert said, is to keep telling people’s stories.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Nov. 28, 2022 ~6 min