Scientists from Harvard, China to unite against coronavirus

With nearly 78,000 cases and more than 2,300 deaths from the novel coronavirus, Harvard University scientists will join forces with colleagues from China to improve diagnostics, develop vaccines to prevent new infections, and antiviral therapies to treat existing ones.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Feb. 24, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alan-m-garber basic-research china china-evergrande-group coronavirus covid-19 george-q-daley harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health larry-bacow

In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell and-bioethics-emily-broad-leib basic-research biotechnology carmel-shachar diabetes harvard-law-school harvard-medical-school-center-for-bioethics obesity petrie-flom-center-for-health-law-policy soda soda-tax steven-gortmaker sugar-sweetened-beverages

Connecting the dots between climate change and health care

Bringing climate change into the examining room by discussing links between a warming environment and the everyday health of patients.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 10, 2020 | harvard
~16 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell asthma climate-change clinical-care emergency-room environments-sustainability harvard-medical-school health heat-stroke heat-wave intravenous-fluids massachusetts-general-hospital pollen renee-salas symposium

Antioxidant reverses most BPA-induced fertility damage in worms

Treatment with a naturally occurring antioxidant, CoQ10, restores many aspects of fertility in C. elegans worms following exposure to BPA. The findings offer a possible path toward undoing BPA-induced reproductive harms in people.

Stephanie Dutchen | Feb. 6, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school bpa c-elegans-worms chemicals coenzyme-q10 coq10 environments-sustainability fertility monica-colaiacovo reproduction

Papers that use positive words in headlines likelier to be cited

Analysis of more than 6 million clinical and life-science papers shows articles with male lead authors are up to 21 percent more likely than those with female lead authors to use language that frames their research positively, which could contribute to persistent gender gaps in pay and career advancement in life sciences and medicine.

Jake Miller | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school gender-differences inequality positive

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 | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center brigham-and-womens-hospital bruce-landon david-levine harvard-medical-school jake-miller primary-care

Nervous system actively stops Salmonella from infecting body

A study in mice shows the nervous system not only detects the presence of Salmonella in the gut but actively stops the organism from infecting the body by shutting the cellular gates that allow bacteria to invade the intestine and spread beyond it.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school salmonella

McLean program blends spirituality with counseling

A McLean psychologist has pioneered a program that aims to bring together two key emotional forces at work in patients’ lives: spirituality and counseling.

Alvin Powell | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine brent-forester counseling david-h-rosmarin harvard-medical-school mclean-hospital religion residential spirit spirituality

Grand Challenge encourages innovation in aging

The National Academy of Medicine is mounting a Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge that seeks to boost innovation on healthier aging.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell harvard-medical-school healthy-longevity-global-grand-challenge hebrew-senior-life national-academy-of-medicine sharon-inouye

Researchers discover what’s behind a sense of direction

Using virtual reality experiments, Harvard neuroscientists have decoded how fruit fly brains integrate visual cues for navigation. Study also sheds light on a form of short-term memory known as unsupervised learning.

Kevin Jiang | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school fruit-flies harvard-medical-school head-direction-neurons sense-of-direction

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