In an aging society, Harvard researchers are plumbing the depths of what it means to have a larger proportion of the population elderly — and figuring out how to keep them healthy.
Jocelyn Spragg, faculty director of diversity programs and special academic resources in the division of medical sciences at Harvard Medical School (HMS), as well as a research scientist, educator, mentor, and tireless promoter of educational opportunities for underrepresented students, died Nov. 2.
People who start smoking marijuana before they turn 16 may damage their brains more than people who start later, according to a small study from McLean Hospital...
Partnerships, training of local medical personnel, and practice in delivering services are all key if the effort to improve global health is to be successful, say speakers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health’s inaugural symposium.
Forty-six faculty members have elected to take advantage of Harvard’s faculty retirement program, with longer phased retirement options the most popular choice.
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have shown that those who start using marijuana at a young age are more impaired on tests of cognitive function than those who start smoking at a later age.
A noninvasive electric stimulation technique administered to both sides of the brain can help stroke patients who have lost motor skills in their hands and arms, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Using a real-time imaging system, scientists have tracked a group of near-infrared fluorescent nanoparticles from the airspaces of the lungs into the body and out again, providing a description of the characteristics and behavior of the particles that could be used in developing therapeutic agents to treat pulmonary disease.
Authorities on global health and surgery gathered Nov. 5 to discuss how to address the lack of trained surgeons and adequate operating rooms in developing nations.
Bertarelli Foundation brings together Harvard Medical School and Swiss University EPFL to create joint neuroengineering program.
Backed by a $30 million gift, Harvard Medical School's unit will serve as a docking point for students, residents, fellows, and faculty from across HMS and its affiliated teaching hospitals.
An initial study of a new treatment for a form of lung cancer seems so promising it has been jumped from Phase 1 to Phase 3 clinical trials.
Harvard researchers have found a molecular switch that may someday make it possible to get a tan without exposure to harmful UV rays.
Joshua Sharfstein, the Food and Drug Administration’s principal deputy commissioner, talked about tobacco control and the agency’s role in keeping Americans healthy.
Unlike previous investigations, which examined fat cells at a single static time point, this new study mapped several histone modifications throughout the course of fat cell development. With these new findings researchers now have a better understanding of normal fat cell development, and going forward, they can compare normal fat cells with fat cells in disease states.
Harvard Medical School and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation are accepting applications for the Nancy Lurie Marks Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism. Two fellowships will be awarded, effective January 2011.
Researchers have identified 18 gene sites associated with obesity and 13 associated with body fat distribution, helping to unravel the riddle of obesity.
In a new finding from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), researchers identify a link between Parkinson's disease onset and dysfunctional activity of energy genes in the brain and identify a potential therapeutic target to reverse this energy gene failure.
S. Allen Counter has successfully nominated Denzel Washington to host the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and Ceremonies on Dec. 10.
With 8 million orphans living in institutions worldwide, an ongoing Harvard study highlights the devastating effect institutionalization has on children, providing support for a switch to foster care.
Conference on “Sex Work in Asia,” hosted by the Harvard University Asia Center and Harvard Medical School, discusses issue involving more than 8 million people.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are launching a study of 100,000 patients to determine the link among genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors in causing disease.
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston and UMass studied energy expenditure and enjoyment in schoolyard play, finding a menu of games to address childhood obesity.
Why aren’t you listening? Scientists discuss the difficulty of transferring scientific consensus to the public.
Faculty members at Harvard and its affiliated hospitals have been awarded the National Institutes of Health New Innovators awards for promising research by young researchers, and Transformative grants, for groundbreaking work by established researchers.
A large, multidisciplinary panel has recently selected 12 pioneering ideas for attacking type 1 diabetes, ideas selected through a crowdsourcing experiment called the "Challenge,” in which all members of the Harvard community, as well as members of the general public, were invited to answer the question: What do we not know to cure type 1 diabetes?
If slavery and totalitarianism were the great moral issues of the 19th and 20th centuries, then the worldwide oppression of women and girls will be the defining issue of the 21st, said Nicholas D. Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, in a talk at Harvard Medical School’s Carl Walter Amphitheater.
A discovery by scientists at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute may lead to an effective way of operating the immune system’s internal “control panel,” improving therapies for a variety of diseases.
This valuable handbook for new parents, written by McEvoy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, offers evidence-based solutions and covers everything from spit-up to vaccinations.
Harvard Medical School Instructor in Anesthesia Wasim Malik has been awarded the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology’s Miles and Eleanor Shore Fellowship for 2011.
Pakistan’s long-term water security requires institutional renewal and new infrastructure, including new dams, on the Indus River.
Medical malpractice and guarding against suits cost the U.S. about $55.6 billion annually, or 2.4 percent of the total health-care bill, according to Harvard University’s Atul Gawande and co-authors.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry Marc J. Kaufman and Associate Professor of Psychology Dara Manoach, both of Harvard Medical School, are among 42 innovative researchers awarded NARSAD 2010 Independent Investigator grants for schizophrenia research.
Ron Spalletta, whose first poem has just been published, is a clerkship manager at Harvard Medical School.
John Case Nemiah, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at both Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School, died on May, 11 2009, at the age of 90, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Widely beloved as a teacher, editor, academic leader and friend, he served as the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Beth Israel Hospital from 1968 to 1985.
On November 25, 2009, Dr. Robert Moors Smith died two weeks before he would have been 97. A pioneer of modern anesthesia practice, he was considered the “Father of Pediatric Anesthesiology” in the United States.
Harvard goes into overdrive in the summer months with a new crop of students ready to learn, and a variety of outreach programs developed for the local community.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and Harvard Medical School link chronic fatigue syndrome to a retrovirus
Once thought to be a problem primarily in the developed world, cancer is now a leading cause of death and disability in poorer countries. Almost two-thirds of the 7.6 million cancer deaths in the world occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have determined that hearing loss in adolescents has increased over the past 15 years.
According to a paper to be published online in the Lancet on Aug. 16, the international community must discard the notion that cancer is a “disease of the rich” and approach it as a global priority.
“Love stinks!” the J. Geils band told the world in 1980, and while you can certainly argue whether or not this tender and ineffable spirit of affection has ...
Emre Basar seeks to understand how small interfering RNA (siRNA) can be harnessed and integrated into cells with the goal of silencing the expression of certain proteins that allow diseases like breast cancer and HIV to proliferate inside the body.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) find that people's brain rhythms during sleep may hold the answer to sleeping through loud noise.
A new Harvard study shows that ratios between males and females affect human longevity.
Expectant mothers who gain large amounts of weight tend to give birth to heavier infants who are at higher risk for obesity later in life. But it's never been proven that this tendency results from the weight gain itself, rather than genetic or other factors that mother and baby share.
Business neophytes at Harvard and MIT wrap up the annual case competition, stepping out of their everyday fields to learn about being business consultants.
Two new computerized tests, developed at Harvard, show promise in predicting patients’ risk of attempting suicide.
Two Harvard faculty members and members of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, David Scadden and Leonard Zon, have won awards from the American Society of Hematology for contributions to understanding and treating blood diseases.
The Harvard Corporation has adopted a University-wide conflict of interest policy, the first time such a policy has been crafted to cover faculty members across the entire campus.