Harvard University today launched its own content on iTunes U, a dedicated area within iTunes that allows students, faculty, alumni, and visitors to tap into the University’s wealth of public lectures and educational materials on video and audio.
In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health find that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated ones is likely to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Although for nearly 60 years people have been urged to decrease their consumption of saturated fats to prevent heart disease, there has been surprisingly little scientific evidence that doing so actually decreases the risk of coronary heart disease events
Harvard will start gardens for growing food in April, with students taking a lead role.
Scientists affiliated with Harvard Medical School say they've developed a laboratory technique that improves on traditional methods of screening potential anti-cancer drugs.
Assistant clinical professor of psychology Deirdre Barrett says that many of today’s ills come from intentional overstimulation of natural human impulses, giving people hard-to-resist appetites for everything from fighting to sex to unhealthy foods.
Erez Lieberman-Aiden and Mamta Tahiliani were named the 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award winners for their graduate work in biological sciences.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and a team of collaborators have observed for the first ...
The trauma experienced during war may increase the risk of developing asthma, according to the results of a new study by Harvard researchers at ...
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We hear this mantra time and again. When it comes to carbon—the "Most Wanted" element in terms of climate change—nature has got reuse and recycle covered. However, it's up to us to reduce.
Comparing medical treatments to find the best and the cheapest may be a pillar of U.S. healthcare reform efforts, but very little such research is being done, according to a report from Harvard Medical School published on Tuesday
Amyloid-beta protein – the primary constituent of the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients – may be part of the body's first-line ...
Haitians face a long road for post-earthquake recovery. Some Harvard faculty members will walk it with them.
Assistant Professor of Medicine Louise Ivers shares her story of being caught in the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Risk factors for childhood obesity may be evident before birth and are more likely to occur in African-American and Hispanic children than in Caucasian children. Researchers studied 1,826 mother-child pairs from pregnancy through the child’s first five years of life.
Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should begin far earlier than currently thought — perhaps even before birth — especially for minority ...
When people think of knowledge, they generally think of two sorts of facts: facts that don’t change, like the height of Mount Everest or the capital of the United States, and facts that fluctuate constantly, like the temperature or the stock market close.
Last week, Cambridge resident Dr. S. Allen Counter, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Foundation, delivered over 150 tents to homeless families in earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince area.
Weeks after the earthquake, as populations of Haiti's tent camps grow, so too does the threat of disease.
Climate change, population growth present fresh challenges to a global food supply system already showing cracks.
Volunteers assist with a variety of medical skills, from nursing to orthopedics to medical equipment repair, playing a critical role in the response to the Haitian earthquake.
Tiyatien Health, a social justice organization co-founded by Paul Farmer, the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, was named the grand prize winner in the Ashoka Foundation’s “Rethinking Mental Health: Improving Community Wellbeing” competition, which seeks “the best solutions to improve mental health in communities around the world.”
William W. Chin has been named the executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School. In the newly created senior position he will have the overarching responsibility of overseeing biomedical research at HMS
Regular use of ibuprofen, a common anti-inflammatory drug, significantly lowers the risk for developing Parkinson's disease, Harvard researchers report.
Speakers, including Paul Farmer, discuss how Harvard offshoots can collaborate with Haitians to try to build some stability in the earthquake-battered nation.
In a lecture, neuroscientist Eric Kandel '52 said that researchers have learned that short-term memory, the ability to recall things for minutes or hours, is fundamentally different from long-term memory, which holds information for weeks, months, even a lifetime.
Nearly a month after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, paramedic Anthony Croese looked into the crowd outside a destroyed orphanage near Port-au-Prince and spotted an emaciated baby cradled in his father’s arms.
In the mountains east of the Haitian capital, a field hospital established by two Harvard Medical School doctors is treating hundreds of victims of the Haitian earthquake. The field hospital in Fond Parisien, near the border with the Dominican Republic, is part of a broader emergency effort in Haiti by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, building on experience responding to disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami. HHI is helping to coordinate the entire Harvard humanitarian response to the quake, and has deployed more than 70 surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses…
Farmer, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, operates a clinic in rural Haiti...
Sandwiched between mountains and a large lake, a field hospital has sprung up amid the thorny trees and dried grass at Fond Parisien, near the border with the Dominican Republic. The site has become an oasis of medical care and hope in this still-reeling nation, where many thousands died and many more have been injured.
Harvard Medical School professor Nicholas Christakis, whose work focuses on social networks, and economics professor David Laibson, who examines how and ...
Alvin F. Poussaint will be honored with the Camille O. Cosby World of Children Award on March 13 at the 2010 World of Children Award Celebration.
JoAnn Manson leads a nationwide study to assess whether vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids can boost immunity and protect against ailments from heart disease to cancer.
The best scientific insights, which ultimately may lead to the solution of the world’s great puzzles, do not always come from the experts in the fields ...
Marcel Moran ’11, a biology concentrator, plans on a career in medicine. But last semester he stepped aside from problem sets and laboratory experiments to venture into a course called “Reinventing Boston: The Changing American City.”
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center (JDC) have taken a major step toward eventually understanding — and perhaps ...
But surgeon Atul Gawande, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, says medicine today is so complex that even the sharpest doctors can no longer keep everything they need to know in their heads.
Harvard researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have discovered a “gene activity signature” that predicts a high risk of cancer recurrence in ...
Birth weights in the United States are on the decline, a study has found. The report, released Thursday, found a small but significant decrease in average birth weights from 1990 to 2005, for reasons that scientists say are unclear…
A study that analyzed data from 36,827,828 U.S. babies born at full-term between 1990 and 2005 has found that birth weights decreased by up to 2.78 ounces during that time frame.
Thirteen-pound babies may make headlines, but they aren’t the norm. In fact, U.S. infants are getting smaller, according to Harvard researchers at ...
Scientists at MIT and Harvard Medical School yesterday announced that they teamed up to create what they're calling "nanoburrs," nanotechology that sticks to arteries the way that pesky burrs in the woods stick to your clothes.
Harvard-affiliated doctors report on carnage, rescue operations in quake-ravaged Haiti, as medical teams gain traction.
Assistance mobilizes to aid earthquake-shaken Haiti, including groups of experts and medical personnel affiliated with Harvard.
A robust new technique for screening drugs' effects on zebrafish behavior is pointing Harvard scientists toward unexpected compounds and pathways that may ...
People who are chronically sleep-deprived may think they're caught up after a 10-hour night of sleep, but new research shows that although they're near-normal when they awake, their ability to function deteriorates markedly as night falls…
A catastrophic earthquake in Haiti Tuesday (Jan. 12) has prompted a rapid-fire response of broad-based medical and humanitarian assistance from Harvard and its affiliates.
Although the exact function of sleep remains unknown, sleep is clearly necessary for optimal cognitive performance, learning, and memory.
A group of Harvard scholars and visiting health care experts offers a pessimistic view of health care reform at a Harvard Medical School symposium.
Cadmium is particularly dangerous for children because growing bodies readily absorb substances, and cadmium accumulates in the kidneys for decades.