Cancer patients have new weapons on their side, provided by targeted drug therapy and, more recently, immune therapy. Now, the recent discovery of large numbers of noncoding RNA that are active in disease provides a new opportunity to both understand and fight cancer, according to Pier Paolo Pandolfi, professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
A new Harvard center on health and happiness had its academic coming-out party Friday, hosting a daylong symposium that highlighted what science does and doesn’t say about the interaction of health and happiness, and identifying pathways where investigators should probe next.
A panel sponsored by the Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Union of Concerned Scientists brought food luminaries to talk about the need for a national food policy.
Harvard researchers have developed a hydrogel that can be easily injected into blood vessels, helping to stop uncontrolled bleeding even in patients on blood-thinners or with bleeding disorders.
Scientists and ethicists gathered at Harvard Law School to discuss the ethics of human embryo experimentation and whether a two-week developmental time limit on their use is appropriate any longer.
Despite decades of research aimed at understanding suicide, scientists are no better at predicting self-harm than they were a half-century ago.
New research highlights the skill and poise of doctors who tended to stranded crewmen in the famed Shackleton saga.
A new Harvard report addresses legal and ethical factors affecting the health of players in the National Football League, and makes recommendations to improve it.
A new study examines whether lifestyle changes can offset genetic risk of heart disease.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed an instrument that smokes cigarettes like a human, and delivers whole smoke to the air space of microfluidic human airway chips. The machine may enable new insights into how nonsmokers and COPD patients respond to smoke.
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Restoring the cancer-killing zeal of T cells is being seen as one of the most successful new approaches to cancer treatment in nearly a decade, although researchers note it has shown effectiveness in only about a quarter of cases.
A new approach to manufacturing organs-on-chips developed by Harvard researchers could cut the length and cost of clinical trials significantly.
A Harvard Chan School study suggests that relaxing current U.S. guidelines could provide greater health benefits with less harm and for less money in women who are vaccinated against human papillomavirus.
Leaders from the scientific and business world gathered at Harvard Business School on Oct. 6 to examine regenerative medicine’s scientific and commercial promise.
According to Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson’s theory of “ecology of toxic inequality,” higher lead levels in the blood are often directly tied to racial and ethnic segregation.
By studying women ages 45 to 55, investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that reproductive stage, not simply chronological age, may contribute to changes in memory and brain function.
Programs to combat obesity may be aggravating eating disorders and undermining their severity, said experts during a panel discussion hosted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a slowly progressing type of blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow. Researchers discovered that CML stem cells die in response to inhibition of a protein called Ezh2. Drugs that target the protein are currently being tested in clinical trials for other cancers.
A gene therapy trial points to a healthier future for a young patient suffering from a rare immune disease.
Researchers examined a group of older adults with extraordinary memory performance and found that certain key areas of their brains resembled those of young people.
Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a giant petri dish to visually demonstrate how bacteria move as they become immune to drugs.
A precision-engineered gene therapy virus, inserted into blood stem cells that are then transplanted, markedly reduced sickle-induced red-cell damage in mice with sickle cell disease, researchers from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Harvard researchers have riddled the role of a molecule key to eruption of the torturous blisters as well as an antibody that interrupts the inflammatory response, opening the way to potential relief for careless hikers.
Campus food experts say the first year in college is a time for change at the dining table as well as in the classroom.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School (HMS) have identified a key instigator of nerve cell damage in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive and incurable neurodegenerative disorder.
A Harvard Chan School study has found that drinking-water samples near industrial sites, military fire-training areas, and wastewater-treatment plants have the highest levels of fluorinated compounds, which have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Harvard researchers have found evidence that bone marrow transplantation may one day be beneficial to a subset of patients suffering from ALS.
The identification of a molecular compound that combats Huntington’s disease by means of two separate mechanisms may be the watershed moment in the battle against neurodegenerative diseases.
Harvard Professor Charles Lieber and other scientists conducted a study that describes the construction of nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be seeded with cardiac cells to produce a bionic cardiac patch.
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital are looking at new potential avenues for controlling both sepsis and the runaway bacterial infections that provoke it.
A three-decade study conducted by Harvard Chan School lends further support to recent findings on fat intake and long-term health.
Matthew Nock, a psychology professor, talked to the Gazette about a recent federal report showing a sharp rise in suicide in the United States.
Barbara McNeil, health policy expert and longtime faculty member, to serve as interim dean at Harvard Medical School.
An expansive effort by several Harvard-affiliated units and hospitals has created the first cell transplantation center in the Boston area.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have taken the first steps toward developing a treatment that would make bone marrow-blood stem cell transplantation safer.
A new meta-lens works in the visible spectrum, seeing smaller than a wavelength of light. Because of this development, high-efficiency, ultra-flat, or planar, lenses could replace heavy, bulky ones in smart phones, cameras, and telescopes.
Using pre-clinical models for multiple sclerosis and samples from MS patients, a Harvard-affiliated team found evidence that changes in diet and gut flora may influence astrocytes in the brain, and, consequently, neurodegeneration, pointing to potential therapeutic targets.
Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard have developed a workflow that could diagnose a patient with Zika within two to three hours. The goal of developing the low-cost, rapid paper-based diagnostic system for strain-specific detection of the Zika virus is its use in the field to screen blood, urine, or saliva samples.
Author and journalist Michael Pollan has spent a fellowship year at Radcliffe changing directions and focusing on a fresh project, exploring a budding rebirth of psychedelic drugs for medicinal uses.
The Affordable Care Act has narrowed health disparities along class and race lines, but not nearly as much as needed.
A gift from the Lee Kum Kee family in Hong Kong will fund a new Harvard center to study how to increase happiness and, by extension, health.
A Harvard Launch Lab startup headed by a Harvard Business School grad is focusing on the “battle between the ears” to transform people’s bodies, opening another front in the battle against obesity.
Shifts in the medical care field can allow health care providers both to prosper and to serve patients better, speaker tells Harvard Medical School conference.
The amount of vegetation surrounding the homes of women in the United States plays an important role in their mortality rate, according to a new Harvard study.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that income is closely correlated with life expectancy, with the richest Americans living as much as 15 years longer than the poorest — and even the poor living longer in wealthy areas.
Low-income parents face an extra challenge when trying to get their kids to eat healthy: the cost of food wasted if children refuse to eat it.
Levels of a molecular marker in healthy breast tissue can predict a woman’s risk of getting cancer, according to new research from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Flaminia Catteruccia, an associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, speaks to the Gazette about using genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the Zika virus and other diseases.
Husband and wife Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh have found a home at the Broad Institute to work toward a treatment for her fatal disease.
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator will collaborate with Merck to develop small-molecule therapy for the most common form of acute leukemia.