Dramatic drops in ER visits likely led to uncounted deaths

A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study showed dramatic drops in hospital visits for heart attacks and stroke, which likely led to uncounted deaths at home during the COVID crisis. Perhaps more troubling is the potential for long-term damage to decades’ work to catch conditions in their earliest, most treatable stages.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center cancer coronavirus covid-19 dhruv-kazi emergency-room harvard-medical-school heart-attack stroke

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 • harvard
Feb. 10, 2020 ~16 min

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

Harvard research shows new link between sleep and clogged arteries

New research from Massachusetts General Hospital traces a previously unknown pathway from poor sleep to an increase in the fatty plaques that line blood vessels in atherosclerosis, a key feature of cardiovascular disease.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  alvin-powell  atherosclerosis  cameron-mcalpine  cardiovascular-disease  csf1  filip-swirski  harvard-medical-school  heart-attack  heart-disease  hypocretin  massachusetts-general-hospital  sleep  stroke  white-blood-cell

Health care spending on Medicare elderly dips, study finds

Health care spending among the Medicare population age 65 and older has slowed dramatically since 2005, and as much as half of that reduction can be attributed to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease, a new Harvard study has found.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 4, 2019 ~8 min

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