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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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

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Harvard Medical School uses telemedicine as a way forward

COVID-19 pandemic spurs the creation of new, remote teaching methods at Harvard Medical School.

M.R.F. Buckley • harvard
May 15, 2020 ~12 min

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Harvard researcher says dreams indicative of virus fears

Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Psychology Deirdre Barrett created an online survey to collect dreams of people during the pandemic.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
May 14, 2020 ~13 min

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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

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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

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Social-distancing measures may be flattening the curve

A top emergency-preparedness official with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital says recent modeling shows social distancing is working to flatten the curve.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~5 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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To stem coronavirus crisis, scientists forge ahead on 6 key fronts

The newly formed Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness aims to address both the immediate and long-term implications of the coronavirus crisis. The effort, led by Harvard Medical School, will work to stem the tide of COVID-19 but, more importantly, to lay the groundwork for dealing with future pandemics.

Ekaterina Pesheva and Kevin Jiang • harvard
April 1, 2020 ~11 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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