New treatment for multidrug-resistant TB shows 85% effectiveness

A new drug regimen for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis shows early effectiveness in 85 percent of patients in a cohort including many with serious comorbidities

Jake Miller • harvard
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine partners-in-health mdr-tb bedaquiline delamanid endtb epicentre institute-of-tropical-medicine-in-antwerp interactive-research-development medecins-sans-frontieres multidrug-resistant-tb

Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates

A single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by scientists led by a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center immunologist.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school mit health-medicine beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center sars-cov-2 and-harvard adenovirus-serotype-26 johnson-johnson ragon-institute-of-massachusetts-general-hospital

Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster

Vaccines that might protect against COVID-19 have entered phase 3 trials — the last step before regular approval in humans — in record time, but the virus has moved faster, experts say.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell george-daley vaccine dan-barouch moderna bisola-ojikutu lindsey-baden massachusetts-consortium-for-pathogen-readiness masscpr nicole-frahm

Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South

Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school alvin-powell tb tuberculosis massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness air-conditioning ultraviolet-light airborne-transmission edward-nardell

Study reveals gut’s role in causing death by sleep deprivation

Fruit fly study finds death by sleep deprivation is preceded by the accumulation of unstable molecules known as reactive oxidative species in the gut.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-medical-school sleep-deprivation flies alexandra-vaccaro dragana-rogulja yosef-kaplan-dor

New studies are estimating spending on COVID-19

A new report published by the Brookings Institution estimates national health care spending for COVID-19 care and discusses its policy implications.

Lauren Jett • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic harvard-medical-school health-medicine health-care matthew-fiedler zirui-song

App reveals loss of taste, smell coronavirus indicators

Researchers deploying a smartphone app to 2.6 million users have determined that the loss of smell and taste are most predictive symptoms of COVID-19.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell massachusetts-general-hospital smartphone-app andrew-chan symptom

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

Tags: stroke cancer covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell heart-attack beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center emergency-room dhruv-kazi

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