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

Carrot-and-stick system appears to slow growth of health costs

Study led by Harvard researchers finds that a long-term trial of a capped-payment system encouraged preventative care and discouraged unnecessary spending

Jake Miller | July 15, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine blavatnik-institute department-of-health-care-policy harvard-medical-school insurance jake-miller the-new-england-journal-of-medicine

Harvard symposium examines the science of longevity

A two-day symposium organized by Professor of Medicine Steven Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School examined the scientific, nutritional, and health-related aspects of aging.

Brett Milano | July 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine albert-einstein-college-of-medicine brett-milano genes harvard-medical-school jan-vijg longevity longwood-medical-center nir-barzilai nutrition-and-obesity-symposium-on-longevity-and-aging s-jay-olshansky steven-greenspoon university-of-chicago

Study: Capping medical residents’ hours doesn’t hurt quality of care

Hours of medical residents were capped at 80 per week in 2003 after a string of patient injuries and deaths, spurring fears that doctors-in-training would be less prepared for independent practice than before. A new study suggests their warnings were largely unjustified.

Jake Miller | July 11, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

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Gene-editing tool prevents hearing loss in mice with hereditary deafness

Scientists have used an optimized version of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to prevent hearing loss in so-called Beethoven mice, which carry a genetic mutation that causes profound hearing loss in humans and mice alike.

Ekaterina Pesheva | July 3, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: science-technology beethoven-mice blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school deafness gene-editing-tool hearing-loss

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

Performance-enhancing bacteria found in the human microbiome

A single microbe accumulating in the microbiome of elite athletes can enhance exercise performance in mice, paving the way to highly validated performance-enhancing probiotics.

Benjamin Boettner | June 24, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

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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

Harvard scientists uncover key allowing deadly viruses to replicate

Scientists uncover a key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to replicate, and it resides in the tail end of the viruses. The findings identify new targets to inhibit viral replication and may inform the development of a new class of antiviral drugs.

Ekaterina Pesheva | May 17, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine blavatnik-institute bunyaviruses harvard-medical-school hms jess-pyle la-crosse-virus lassa-fever-virus machupo-virus rift-valley-fever rna-virus sean-pj-whelan

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   

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