A connection between ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer

A new study takes the most comprehensive look to date at the connection between the ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-medicine ancestry basic-research broad-institute cancer human-genome-project nci-cancer-genome-analysis-network tumors

Social media used to spread, create COVID-19 falsehoods

Analysts in public health, politics, and technology discuss the “pandemic” of COVID-19 misinformation being shared around the world.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
May 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health-medicine ashish-jha christina-pazzanese christopher-robichaud disinformation harvard-chan-school harvard-kennedy-school joan-donovan media misinformation shorenstein-center tara-setmayer united-nations vish-viswanath world-health-organization

Assessing where vaccine efforts stand and the challenges ahead

Rising nationalism and global inequity will be hurdles to the distribution of COVID vaccines, despite the comparatively “lightning” fast scientific response to the pandemic so far, a Harvard infectious disease expert said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell barry-bloom covid-19 harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health the-forum-at-harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health vaccine yonatan-grad

Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand

Wilderness medicine fellows were among those whose attention has been turned homeward, where they’re pitching in to fight COVID-19 in the ER.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 6, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell ashley-weisman brian-strickland harvard-medical-school himalayan-rescue-association lucas-trout massachusetts-general-hospital stuart-harris wilderness-medicine-fellowship

Why it is critical to distinguish COVID-19 from other infections

A new report by researchers examines the mostly overlooked, yet important, category of patients — those with symptoms concerning enough to seek care, yet not serious enough to need hospital treatment.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
May 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-medicine coronavirus covid-19 outpatient-clinic symptoms

Religious services may lower risk of ‘deaths of despair’

New research from the Harvard Chan School found that people who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from “deaths of despair,” including deaths related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning.

Chris Sweeney • harvard
May 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-medicine covid-19 death-risk deaths-of-despair harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health health-professionals-follow-up-study human-flourishing-program-at-harvards-institute-for-quantitative-social-science nurses-health-study-ii religious-services

Lessons from the center of the state’s pandemic

Researcher Katharine Robb details how housing policies affect social and health crises, like the current pandemic.

Daniel Harsha • harvard
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-medicine chelsea coronavirus covid-19 housing-policy katharine-robb pandemic

How to ease loneliness and feel more connected

Harvard experts suggest using creativity and looking out for others as ways to get over our own loneliness as keeping socially distanced grinds on.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell covid-19 harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health jeremy-nobel karestan-koenen loneliness massachusetts-general-hospital mental-health robert-waldinger social-distancing the-harvard-study-of-adult-development

Brothers deploy COVID-19 screening tool for refugee populations

Brothers Hassaan Ebrahim, a student at Harvard Kennedy School, and Senan, a third-year Harvard Medical School student, founded Hikma Health, a nonprofit that builds software for organizations providing health care to refugee populations.

Alex Parks • harvard
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-medicine coronavirus covid-19 harvard-business-school-new-venture-competition-in-2019 hassaan-ebrahim hikma-health senan-ebrahim

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