Newly discovered airway cells may shed light on SIDS

Research reveals distinct types of cells that may be involved in breathing-related diseases in infants.

Tracy Hampton • harvard
yesterday ~2 min

New tool developed to study ‘undruggable’ proteins

Researchers at Harvard have designed new, highly selective tools that can add or remove sugars from a protein with no off-target effects, to examine exactly what the sugars are doing and engineer them into new treatments for “undruggable” proteins.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 16, 2021 ~7 min

MGH’s Complex Care Service untangles autoimmune mystery

The Complex Care Service was created for patients like Emily Hedspeth who are, as Thompson described, “the sickest 1 percent of the sickest 1 percent.”

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 15, 2021 ~10 min

Harvard Medical School expert explains ‘long COVID’

As the pandemic reaches what experts hope will be its latter stages, the health care system is seeing more “long COVID” patients, those whose often mild initial illness has been followed up by months of severe, sometimes debilitating symptoms. The Gazette spoke with an expert to find out more.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 13, 2021 ~16 min

THC and CBD content on labels of medicinal products may be inaccurate

A study of metabolites in the urine of patients taking medical cannabis products shows that the actual THC or CBD content is often different from what they expect.

Malorye Branca • harvard
April 12, 2021 ~3 min

Spanking children may impair their brain development

Spanking may affect a child’s brain development in ways similar to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
April 12, 2021 ~6 min

Telehealth works, but upgrade is still needed, say experts

Telehealth is experiencing a pandemic-induced boom that experts say has helped patients maintain contact with their doctors and lowered barriers to access for many. It’s important, should the change become permanent, to ensure equal access to all communities.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 8, 2021 ~7 min

Why ice cream hurts your teeth and how to stop it

Odontoblasts have a newly discovered function: sensing cold, which can trigger pain in teeth. But scientists have also found a way to block the pathway to cold-sensitive teeth.

Anita Slomski • harvard
April 6, 2021 ~6 min

How we handle stress at 45 linked to prenatal exposure

Men and women whose mothers experienced stressful events during pregnancy regulate stress differently in the brain 45 years later, results of a long-term study demonstrate.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
April 5, 2021 ~5 min

Approval of at-home tests releases a pandemic-fighting weapon

FDA approval of two over-the-counter rapid antigen tests promises to transform the testing landscape around COVID-19, lowering cost and giving the certainty of knowing when you’re infected to the individual, a Harvard epidemiologist said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 2, 2021 ~5 min