An optimistic outlook may be a healthier one

A Harvard Chan School study has found a link between optimism and hypertension, describing the positive force as having a “protective effect” on individuals, including those in combat.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: heart-disease inflammation health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health hypertension happiness laura-kubzansky optimistic-attitude

Study finds promising results using acupuncture to treat inflammation

Acupuncture activates inflammation-regulating pathways, tames cytokine storm in mice.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
Aug. 12, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology inflammation harvard-medical-school hms qiufu-ma acupuncture

Harvard scientists identify gut-brain connection in ALS

The researchers found that in mice with a common ALS genetic mutation, changing the gut microbiome could prevent or improve disease symptoms.

Jessica Lau • harvard
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-technology inflammation als gut-microbiome amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis gut-brain-axis

FDA-approved drug shows promise against ALS in mice

Accumulating evidence suggests that inflammatory processes may play a role in the initiation and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 27, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  inflammation  basic-research  health-medicine  als  amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis  cromolyn-sodium

Harvard researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Every year, more than 18 million people around the world are told, “You have cancer.” In the U.S., nearly half of all men and more than one-third of women will develop some kind of cancer during their lifetimes, and 600,000-plus die from it annually. Despite the billions of dollars and countless new treatments that have […]

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
March 1, 2019 ~24 min

Tags:  inflammation  chemotherapy  health-medicine  artificial-lymph-nodes  cancer-research-uks-grand-challenge  cancer-treatments  cancer-vaccine  david-mooney  dna-origami  donald-ingber  mimicking-nature  nanoparticle-backpacks  organ-chips  samir-mitragotri  william-shih  wyss-institute

Interaction between immune factors triggers cancer-promoting chronic inflammation

Harvard researchers found that interaction between immune factors triggers cancer-promoting chronic inflammation, setting the stage for the development of skin cancer associated with chronic dermatitis and colorectal cancer in patients with colitis.

Sue McGreevey • harvard
Feb. 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  cancer  inflammation  health-medicine  cancer-promoting-inflammation  colon-cancer  cutaneous-biology-research-center  immune-factor-il-33  massachusetts-general-hospital  mgh  mgh-center-for-cancer-immunology  pnas  shawn-demehri  skin-cancer  t-cells

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