Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor says

Shifting the U.S.'s COVID-19 testing strategy to emphasize inexpensive, daily tests would break national transmission chains within weeks, an infectious disease testing expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Among older adults, statin use tied to decreased risk of death

In a retrospective analysis of U.S. veterans 75 years or older, Harvard researchers found those who were prescribed statins had a 25 percent lower risk of death than their counterparts.

Haley Bridger • harvard
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Third-year resident describes a day in the life of an ER doctor

Urgent-care physician Anita Chary has turned her attention to treating those suffering from COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~14 min

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A way to manage surge in nursing home COVID-19 cases

Efforts to protect nursing home patients should include moving residents from facilities and increased testing, said Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina.

Al Powell • harvard
April 6, 2020 ~8 min

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Harvard scientists work to find coronavirus treatment

As the pandemic intensifies, Harvard scientists work to find a treatment.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
March 30, 2020 ~14 min

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The why’s behind COVID-19 survival and immunity investigated

Using the tool VirScan, researchers are able to detect antibodies in people’s blood that indicate active and past infections by viruses and bacteria. The goal is to learn how the virus affects the immune system.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
March 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  science-technology  covid-19  coronavirus  brigham-and-womens-hospital  antibody-detection-tool  blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical  stephen-elledge  virscan

Harvard experts say Massachusetts may need 1.4 million COVID tests

Massachusetts may need 1.4 million COVID-19 tests and ramp up to tens of thousands given a day, Harvard experts said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 13, 2020 ~6 min

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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 • harvard
Dec. 16, 2019 ~8 min

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

Home hospital model reduces costs by 38%, improves care, study says

The first randomized controlled trial of the home hospital model in the U.S. reports improvements in health care outcomes while reducing costs by 38 percent.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Dec. 16, 2019 ~5 min

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