Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Coronavirus variant dampens prospects for return to normal

Will the British variant’s transmissibility upset summer plans?

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 6, 2021 ~7 min

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Math model suggests optimal coronavirus treatment strategies

A biology-based mathematical model indicates why COVID-19 outcomes vary widely and how therapy can be tailored to match the needs of specific patient groups.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

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Study finds guidelines to reduce heartburn symptoms

A study of diet has found that by adhering to specific guidelines, women can reduce more than one-third of incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~3 min

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Daniel Lieberman busts exercising myths

In his new book, “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding,” Daniel Lieberman explores exercising myths.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 4, 2021 ~11 min

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Pregnant women with COVID-19 don’t pass virus to newborns, study finds

A new study has found that pregnant women with COVID-19 do not pass the virus to newborns, however, they may pass fewer-than-expected antibodies to newborns.

Tracy Hampton • harvard
Dec. 22, 2020 ~3 min

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Paul Farmer receives prize for work in public health and human rights

Paul Farmer awarded Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Anthony Fauci offers a timeline for ending COVID-19 pandemic

Anthony Fauci predicted herd immunity by next fall and “normality” by 2021’s end, as long as enough people get vaccinated to bring the pandemic to an end.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Chan School dean outlines ‘action agenda’ for global health

COVID-19 has not only sickened and killed millions around the globe, it has wreaked havoc on existing programs to fight health ills that affect millions more. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams discusses with the Gazette an “action agenda” on global health for the incoming Biden administration.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 10, 2020 ~16 min

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Researchers study relationship between obesity and cancer

Researchers find that obesity allows cancer cells to outcompete tumor-killing immune cells in a battle for fuel in mice.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
Dec. 9, 2020 ~10 min

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