Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

As University facilities close, faculty and staff gather gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

Clea Simon
March 25, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins   

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Finding ways to forge through the COVID-19 pandemic

Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch outlined several scenarios — most of them bad — for getting America back to work

Alvin Powell
March 20, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell center-for-communicable-disease-dynamics coronavirus covid-19 epidemiology harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health marc-lipsitch serological-testing social-distancing

Public urged to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests

Harvard epidemiologist says U.S. needs to dramatically increase testing and social distancing, adding to the closings, cancellations, and shifts online.

Alvin Powell
March 11, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine containment alvin-powell center-for-communicable-disease-dynamics coronavirus covid-19 epidemic harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health marc-lipsitch

Hundreds of U.S. coronavirus cases may have slipped through screenings

Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch says two-thirds of travelers with coronavirus who are entering U.S. may have been missed by screening efforts.

Alvin Powell
March 4, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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Moderate egg consumption gets the green light … again

A new study that includes up to 1.7 million participants, found eating up to one egg per day is not associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Amy Roeder
March 4, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins   

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Key coronavirus question: How are children affected?

A key unanswered question in the coronavirus epidemic concerns why children seem to be getting fewer or less-serious infections from the new contagion.

Alvin Powell
Feb. 27, 2020 | harvard

~13 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell center-for-communicable-disease-dynamics children china coronavirus covid-19 epidemic harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health marc-lipsitch pandemic social-distancing

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Feb. 14, 2020 | harvard

~7 mins   

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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   

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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   

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