Harvard Chan School, Apple, and NIH launch Women’s Health Study

Harvard Chan School, Apple, and NIH have officially launched a groundbreaking study that has potential to become the largest-ever study of women’s health.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 14, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine apple apple-womens-health-study harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health national-institutes-of-health shruthi-mahalingaiah smartphone-app

New drug-detecting tool could help save lives

The landscape of the illegal drug trade changes constantly, particularly amid the current opioid crisis. Law-enforcement officers regularly find or confiscate pills, powders, and other substances and need to know their composition as quickly as possible to determine legal charges and sometimes to issue lifesaving warnings. Carfentanil is a case in point. This cousin to […]

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine basic-research caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cambridge carfentanil chemistry christoffer-abrahamsson dea drug-analysis drug-enforcement-administration engineering-technology fas fentanyl forensic-science george-whitesides law-enforcement opioid-epidemic


Exercise found to block chronic inflammation in mice

A new study identifies a molecular connection between exercise and inflammation that takes place in the bone marrow and highlights a previously unappreciated role of leptin in exercise-mediated cardiovascular protection.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 7, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine artery-clogging-blockages basic-research chronic-inflammation heart-disease hematopoietic-stem hspc leptin leukocytes

Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 5, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine depression exercise genetic-risk harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital partners-healthcare-biobank


Gene variant may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease

A new study provides insights on why some people may be more resistant to Alzheimer’s disease than others.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 4, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine alzheimers-disease dementia gene-variants tau-pathology

Study finds racial disparities in culturally competent cancer care

A new study from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute finds that non-white minority survivors are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be seen by cancer specialists who share or understand their culture.

Richard Saltus | Nov. 1, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine brandon-a-mahal cancer-specialists dana-farber-cancer-institute hispanic minorities non-white santino-s-butler

Study suggests how measles wipes out body’s immune memory

A new Harvard study shows measles wipes out 11 percent to 73 percent of antibodies against an array of viruses and bacteria, depleting a child’s previous immunity, which underscores the importance of measles vaccination.

Stephanie Dutchen | Oct. 31, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine immune-amnesia antibodies blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school brigham-and-womens-hospital harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health immune-system measles measles-vaccination

After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Arthur Kleinman shares what he learned

Harvard Professor Arthur Kleinman’s wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer’s disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, he chronicles their journey in “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.”

Jill Radsken | Oct. 31, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine the-soul-of-care alzheimers arthur-kleinman caregiving fas health-care hms jill-radsken medical-anthropology psychiatry

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