CBD risks and the chance to rein in supplements

A marijuana derivative called cannabidiol, or CBD, has begun making its way into supplements and even into foods, a use that runs afoul of an FDA designation of the compound as a prescription drug. A Harvard Medical School associate professor says CBD’s tangled legal status may provide an opportunity not only to clear up its status, but to bring clarity to the entire supplements industry.

Alvin Powell | Aug. 2, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell cambridge-health-alliance cannabidiol cannabis cbd food-and-drug-administration harvard-medical-school pieter-cohen supplements

Doctor burnout costs health care system $4.6 billion a year, Harvard study says

Physician burnout is costing the U.S. health care system an estimated $4.6 billion annually, according to new research from an international team led by a Harvard Business School researcher.

Alvin Powell | July 12, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell burnout harvard-business-school health-care-costs health-care-policy joel-goh physician-burnout

Harvard Chan School to tackle distracted driving

Crashes caused by distracted drivers are believed to have been the biggest cause of a 14 percent rise in traffic fatalities since 2014. The Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Communication is mounting an anti-distracted driving campaign this fall to make headway against a problem that has proven resistant to change despite efforts by government, insurance companies, carmakers and others. The Gazette spoke to the center’s director, Jay Winsten.

Alvin Powell | July 2, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell cellphone distracted-driving driver-safety harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health jay-winsten social-norms traffic-accidents

Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley voices concerns about new Trump administration restrictions on use of fetal tissue in research

With the Trump administration halting fetal tissue research at two prominent scientific institutions and new plans to review such research elsewhere, Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley discussed the importance of research using these tissues, which would otherwise be discarded, in creating vaccines and treatments and enhancing our understanding of human biology.

Alvin Powell | June 26, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: health-medicine abortion alvin-powell cell-lines fetal-tissue-research george-daley harvard-medical-school national-institutes-of-health us-department-of-health-and-human-services university-of-california-at-san-francisco vaccine

Harvard’s Barry Bloom and Juliette Kayyem discuss measles outbreak

Harvard public health and public safety experts recommended public education, elimination of nonmedical vaccination exemptions for schoolkids, and potentially more severe penalties as a way to get parents to comply with measles vaccination guidelines.

Alvin Powell | June 11, 2019 | harvard
~24 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell anti-vaccination barry-bloom epidemic harvard-kennedy-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health herd-immunity juliette-kayyem measles medical-exemption outbreak public-health public-safety vaccination

Harvard research shows energy use climbs with age and temperature

Two global trends — the aging of the world’s population and the warming of its atmosphere — are set to collide in the decades to come, new work by an MGH and HMS researcher shows.

Alvin Powell | June 6, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell climate-change energy-use harvard-medical-school hossein-estiri massachusetts-general-hospital

Beth Israel researchers uncover anti-cancer drug mechanism — in broccoli

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables have long been thought to be good for you, new research finds a mechanism for its cancer-fighting abilities and points the way to a new anti-cancer drug.

Alvin Powell | May 16, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center broccoli brussels-sprouts cruciferous-vegetables harvard-medical-school i3c pier-paolo-pandolfi pten tumor-suppressor wwp1

Harvard-Michigan opioid summit explores addiction, policy

A University of Michigan-Harvard University summit brought experts from the two universities as well as outside organizations to consider ways to address the opioid epidemic.

Alvin Powell | May 13, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine addiction alvin-powell barbara-mcquade craig-summers david-clayton harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health marketing meredith-rosenthal opioid opioid-epidemic pharmaceutical-companies university-of-michigan

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