Does aspirin lower colorectal cancer risk? Not after age 70

A new study finds that while regular aspirin use has clear benefits in reducing colorectal cancer incidence among middle-aged adults, the benefits stop after age 70.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 21, 2021 ~4 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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New drug prolongs ALS patient survival in trial

An experimental medication that was recently shown to slow the progression of ALS has now demonstrated the potential to also prolong patient survival.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~4 min

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MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe

MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe, modulates brain repair, and may benefit patients with moderate traumatic brain injury.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Mass. General tests new therapy for pregnant coronavirus patients

Mass General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Removing the constraining requirements at gene editing site

Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital have modified the gene editing system, making it possible to potentially target any location across the entire human genome.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
March 26, 2020 ~3 min

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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 • harvard
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Trial shows antihypertension drug may improve pancreatic cancer outcomes

Adding the blood-pressure drug losartan to the intensive chemo and radiation protocol for treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer allowed complete removal of the tumor in 61 percent of trial participants and significantly improved survival rates.

Sue McGreevey • harvard
May 30, 2019 ~5 min

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