Study reveals gut’s role in causing death by sleep deprivation

Fruit fly study finds death by sleep deprivation is preceded by the accumulation of unstable molecules known as reactive oxidative species in the gut.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-medical-school sleep-deprivation flies alexandra-vaccaro dragana-rogulja yosef-kaplan-dor

Harvard bee experts discuss the murder hornet threat

Bee health experts Benjamin de Bivort and James Crall discuss the murder hornet threat and other dangers facing bees.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology bees faculty-of-arts-and-sciences benjamin-de-bivort james-crall juan-siliezar department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology honeybees wild-bees asian-giant-hornet murder-hornet

New studies are estimating spending on COVID-19

A new report published by the Brookings Institution estimates national health care spending for COVID-19 care and discusses its policy implications.

Lauren Jett • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic harvard-medical-school health-medicine health-care matthew-fiedler zirui-song

New research explores horizontal gene transfer

Cassandra Extavour and Leo Blondel provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of a specific gene came from bacterial genomes.

Peter Reuell • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology bacteria genes faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard peter-reuell cassandra-extavour horizontal-gene-transfer gene blondel extavour gene-transfer germ-cells leo-blondel osk-domain oskar

App reveals loss of taste, smell coronavirus indicators

Researchers deploying a smartphone app to 2.6 million users have determined that the loss of smell and taste are most predictive symptoms of COVID-19.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell massachusetts-general-hospital smartphone-app andrew-chan symptom

Pod-based e-cigarettes may foster greater nicotine dependence

A new Harvard Chan School study has found that pod-based e-cigarettes’ efficient delivery of nicotine may foster greater dependence than other types of e-cigarettes.

Amy Roeder • harvard
June 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health youth nicotine juul pod-based-e-cigarettes


Dramatic drops in ER visits likely led to uncounted deaths

A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study showed dramatic drops in hospital visits for heart attacks and stroke, which likely led to uncounted deaths at home during the COVID crisis. Perhaps more troubling is the potential for long-term damage to decades’ work to catch conditions in their earliest, most treatable stages.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: stroke cancer covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell heart-attack beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center emergency-room dhruv-kazi

How to keep love alive in the midst of a pandemic

An expert in romantic relationships talks about the ways couples can keep relationships healthy in the time of COVID-19.

Liz Mineo • harvard
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic health-medicine joanne-davila love-in-the-time-of-covid-19 romantic-relationship

Vaccines can protect against COVID-19 in animal models, study says

Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has developed vaccines — currently being tested in animal models — that are designed to train the body’s immune system to recognize the virus swiftly upon exposure and respond quickly to disable it.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine ragon-institute vaccine sars-cov-2 dan-h-barouch re-infection

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