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

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Harvard medical community steps up to fight pandemic

An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID’s challenge.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Harvard technology provides early boost to Mass. COVID testing

Aldatu Biosciences, a company born in Harvard’s labs and nurtured in its entrepreneurial ecosystem, helps the region ramp up COVID-19 testing.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 31, 2020 ~9 min

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Collaboration ‘call to duty’ to battle a deadly global threat

Boston-area researchers are collaborating as part of an international partnership working on a response to the new coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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Professor explores marijuana’s safe use and addiction

With legal marijuana easier to find, a Harvard professor addresses myths and progress finding answers about pot’s health impacts.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 24, 2020 ~17 min

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Fewer Americans getting primary care is raising concerns

A national analysis revealed an alarming decline in primary care use, which is associated with better health outcomes than episodic, inconsistent care. The decline was most pronounced among younger Americans and those without complex medical conditions.

Jake Miller • harvard
Dec. 16, 2019 ~3 min

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Harvard researchers show how several diets can improve heart health

Researchers applied new techniques to old samples from a 2005 dietary study to show that a focus on eating healthy rather than obsessing over a single nutrient can improve heart health.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 18, 2019 ~6 min

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Beth Israel researchers uncover anti-cancer drug mechanism — in broccoli

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables have long been thought to be good for you, new research finds a mechanism for its cancer-fighting abilities and points the way to a new anti-cancer drug.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 16, 2019 ~5 min

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Dietary link found to drug-resistant breast cancer

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have linked a common dietary element to breast cancer drug resistance, raising the prospect of a new way to attack a major cause of breast cancer death.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 7, 2019 ~5 min

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