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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How to keep love alive in the midst of a pandemic

An expert in romantic relationships talks about the ways couples can keep relationships healthy in the time of COVID-19.

Liz Mineo • harvard
May 21, 2020 ~6 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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Newly identified ‘metabolic signature’ can help predict CVD risk

A newly identified “metabolic signature” can evaluate an individual’s adherence and metabolic response to the Mediterranean diet and help predict future risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Chris Sweeney • harvard
May 14, 2020 ~6 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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Alumni fight COVID-19 battle on many fronts

The Gazette asked alumni who are engaged in the battle against the novel coronavirus to share their experiences and how their work has radically changed.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
May 12, 2020 ~17 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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A connection between ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer

A new study takes the most comprehensive look to date at the connection between the ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-medicine ancestry basic-research broad-institute cancer human-genome-project nci-cancer-genome-analysis-network tumors

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