Special ice solution injected under skin is shown to reduce fat

The lab that invented cryolipolisis or “Coolsculpting,” a popular nonsurgical method for reducing fat under the skin, is developing a promising new form of the technology that can selectively reduce fat almost anywhere in the body using an injectable ice solution or “slurry.”

Harvard Gazette | Jan. 15, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research coolsculpting cryolipolisis fat-cells fat-deposits lilit-garibyan mgh wellman-center-for-photomedicine

Solid vaccine eliminates acute myeloid leukemia in mice

A new study presents an alternative treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has the potential to eliminate AML cells completely.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 14, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml aml basic-research biomaterial-based-vaccine harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences

Plastic additive linked to excessive reproductive abnormalities

New findings shed light as to how DEHP, a common chemical in plastic, may impact human reproductive health.

Stephanie Dutchen | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research birth-defects caenorhabditis-elegans dehp di2-ethylhexyl-phthalate male-infertility plasticizer reproductive-abnormalities

5 healthy habits may offer years free of chronic diseases

A Harvard study has found that people who practice healthy habits at age 50 lived more years free of chronic diseases compared to those who did not practice any of these habits.

Amy Roeder | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research chronic-disease frank-hu harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health health-lifestyle-habits middle-age nurses-health-study-and-the-health-professionals-follow-up-study walter-c-willett

Treatments for touch hypersensitivity explored in new research

Harvard professors David Ginty and Lauren Orefice describe how their innovations present a novel approach to treating tactile hypersensitivity in patients with autism-spectrum disorders.

Caroline Perry | Jan. 8, 2020 | harvard
~15 mins   

Tags: science-technology autism basic-research david-ginty lauren-orefice office-of-technology-development tactile-hypersensitivity

Architect designs a playground for social development

With “High Sees,” architect Megan Panzano reasserts how play can impact mental and social development.

Travis Dagenais | Dec. 20, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: science-technology architecture basic-research children harvard-graduate-school-of-design high-sees megan-panzano mental-development social-development

Close to half of U.S. population projected to have obesity by 2030

Researchers predict a marked rise in American adults with obesity or severe obesity in 10 years, leaving several states with obesity prevalence close to 60 percent.

Nicole Rura | Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research bmi harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health obesity

Uncovering the switch that controls brain state

A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni uncover a switch that controls brain states.

Juan Siliezar | Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research drew-robson faculty-of-arts-and-sciences harvard-fas jennifer-li max-planck-institute-for-biological-cybernetics neuroscience rowland-institute science zebrafish

Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible through algorithm

Researchers have developed a software-based method of scanning electronic health records to estimate the risk that a healthy person will receive a dementia diagnosis in the future.

Harvard Gazette | Dec. 17, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alzheimers-disease basic-research cognitive-symptoms dementia-diagnosis electronic-health-records natural-language-processing

Psychologist explains how to improve the holiday blues

Natalie Dattilo discusses how the holiday season can trigger the blues — and how to help avoid them.

Colleen Walsh | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research brigham-and-womens-hospital holidays mental-health natalie-dattilo

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