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

U.S. life expectancy goes up as cancer deaths go down

A decline in cancer mortality was a prominent feature of recent good news about U.S. life expectancy. The Gazette spoke with the director of the Chan School’s Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention to understand why.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 21, 2020 | harvard
~14 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell basic-research breast-cancer cancer cervical-cancer disparities harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health life-expectancy melanoma national-center-for-health-statistic prostate-cancer timothy-rebbeck zhu-family-center-for-global-cancer-prevention

AI researchers share data on how we sort options, make decisions

Artificial intelligence researchers and neurobiologists share data on how options are sorted in decision-making.

Clea Simon | Feb. 19, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology ai basic-research brain cellular-and-molecular-biology clara-starkweather deepmind dopamine google harvardmit-health-sciences-technology-program hms matthew-botvinick naoshige-uchida nature neurobiology

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

‘Game Changers’ puts muscle behind its message at Law School

“The Game Changers” brought a panel of athletes and experts to tout the benefits of a plant-based diet to Harvard.

Nate Herpich | Feb. 13, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine the-game-changers animal-law-policy-program derrick-morgan dotsie-bausch james-wilks morgan-mitchell nimai-delgado office-for-sustainability patrik-baboumian plant-based-diet scott-jurek vegan vegetarian

The global economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak

A Harvard Business School expert says effects will strengthen as manufacturers everywhere feel the pinch of slowing one of the world’s largest economies.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 13, 2020 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell business coronavirus factory global-economy harvard-business-school supply-chain willy-shih

Novel drug targets tumor growth in advanced kidney cancer

Harvard researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed a novel targeted drug that shows promise in advanced kidney cancer by interfering with the abnormal blood vessel formation that fuels tumor growth.

Richard Saltus | Feb. 12, 2020 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma dana-farber-cancer-institute hypoxia-inducible-factor kidney-cancer metastatic-disease mk-6482 nobel-prize phase-iii toni-choueiri tumors william-g-kaelin-jr

Harvard expert says coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’

Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch said evidence indicates that the international cordon keeping coronavirus cases bottled up in China is a leaky one, and it’s likely that the relative handful of global cases reported so far are undercounted. If true, that will lead to widespread illness internationally, including in the U.S.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 11, 2020 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell basic-research china coronavirus epidemic flu harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health marc-lipsitch quarantine sars vaccine wuhan

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

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