Harvard researchers find ways to improve on soap and water

Harvard researchers have devised what they hope is a better way to disinfect hands, using tiny aerosolized nanodroplets of water and nontoxic disinfectants that not only leave hands sterile, but use so little water the hands stay dry.

Alvin Powell | Jan. 23, 2020 | harvard
~11 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aerosol alvin-powell basic-research center-for-nanotechnology-and-nanotoxicology hand-hygiene hand-washing harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health philip-demokritou runze-huang water

Special ice solution injected under skin is shown to reduce fat

The lab that invented cryolipolisis or “Coolsculpting,” a popular nonsurgical method for reducing fat under the skin, is developing a promising new form of the technology that can selectively reduce fat almost anywhere in the body using an injectable ice solution or “slurry.”

Harvard Gazette | Jan. 15, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research coolsculpting cryolipolisis fat-cells fat-deposits lilit-garibyan mgh wellman-center-for-photomedicine

Solid vaccine eliminates acute myeloid leukemia in mice

A new study presents an alternative treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has the potential to eliminate AML cells completely.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 14, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml aml basic-research biomaterial-based-vaccine harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences

Plastic additive linked to excessive reproductive abnormalities

New findings shed light as to how DEHP, a common chemical in plastic, may impact human reproductive health.

Stephanie Dutchen | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research birth-defects caenorhabditis-elegans dehp di2-ethylhexyl-phthalate male-infertility plasticizer reproductive-abnormalities

5 healthy habits may offer years free of chronic diseases

A Harvard study has found that people who practice healthy habits at age 50 lived more years free of chronic diseases compared to those who did not practice any of these habits.

Amy Roeder | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research chronic-disease frank-hu harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health health-lifestyle-habits middle-age nurses-health-study-and-the-health-professionals-follow-up-study walter-c-willett

Close to half of U.S. population projected to have obesity by 2030

Researchers predict a marked rise in American adults with obesity or severe obesity in 10 years, leaving several states with obesity prevalence close to 60 percent.

Nicole Rura | Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research bmi harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health obesity

Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible through algorithm

Researchers have developed a software-based method of scanning electronic health records to estimate the risk that a healthy person will receive a dementia diagnosis in the future.

Harvard Gazette | Dec. 17, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alzheimers-disease basic-research cognitive-symptoms dementia-diagnosis electronic-health-records natural-language-processing

Psychologist explains how to improve the holiday blues

Natalie Dattilo discusses how the holiday season can trigger the blues — and how to help avoid them.

Colleen Walsh | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research brigham-and-womens-hospital holidays mental-health natalie-dattilo

Home hospital model reduces costs by 38%, improves care, study says

The first randomized controlled trial of the home hospital model in the U.S. reports improvements in health care outcomes while reducing costs by 38 percent.

Haley Bridger | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research brigham-and-womens-hospital health-care-costs home-hospital-model

High rate of antibiotic use in low-income countries ‘alarming’

A new study has found that between 2007 and 2017, children in eight low- and middle-income countries received, on average, 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age 5 — up to five times higher than the already high levels observed in high-income settings.

Harvard Gazette | Dec. 16, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine antibiotic-abuse antibiotic-prescriptions basic-research harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health lancet-infectious-diseases low-income-countries management-of-fevers-group

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