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New studies help researchers evaluate, improve genome engineering in bacteria

Researchers in the lab of geneticist George Church at Harvard Medical School have made two new advances in their ongoing efforts to safely and precisely expand the genetic code of life.

City Honors Pro-Life Leader Dr. Mildred Jefferson, First Black Woman to Graduate From Harvard Medical School

As Black History Month ends, a Texas community prepares to honor Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, an African-American woman who fought tenaciously for the unborn. Jefferson served as the president of the National Right to Life Committee, one of the largest pro-life groups in the United States, and was the first black woman to graduate from […]

Scientists identify immune cascade that fuels complications, tissue damage in chlamydia infections

Closing a critical gap in knowledge, Harvard Medical School scientists have unraveled the immune cascade that fuels tissue damage and disease development in chlamydia infection--the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United...Show More Summary

Scientists identify immune cascade that fuels complications, tissue damage in chlamydia infections

(Harvard Medical School) Research in mice pinpoints immune mechanism behind tissue damage and complications of chlamydia infection, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States.Separate immune mechanisms drive bacterial...Show More Summary

No llamas required

(Harvard Medical School) Antibodies made by camels, llamas and alpacas allow scientists to study the structure and function of proteins in disease and health.While valuable, the approach is time-consuming, costly and often unsuccessful.Overcoming...Show More Summary

Nature, meet nurture

(Harvard Medical School) Is it nature or nurture that ultimately shapes an organism? A new study reveals a dramatic landscape of gene expression changes across all cell types in the mouse visual cortex after a sensory experience, many linked to neural connectivity and the brain's ability to rewire itself to learn and adapt.

For world's poorest, vaccines prevent deaths, medical impoverishment

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) Vaccines have enormous impact not just on health, but on keeping people out of poverty, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They estimated...Show More Summary

How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

By J. Wesley Boyd, Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and Emily Nagisa Keehn, Associate Director, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University. The U.S. incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world. There’s little doubt among researchers that mass [...]Show More Summary

Zeroing in on dopamine

(Harvard Medical School) Harvard Medical School scientists have identified the molecular machinery responsible for secretion of the neurotransmitter dopamine, opening the door for strategies to precision target dopamine release to treat disorders such as Parkinson's and addiction.

Quackademic medicine triumphant (yet again): A defense of acupuncture on the Harvard Health Blog that misses the point

If you want yet another piece of evidence that quackademic medicine, where once science-based medical schools embrace quackery, is triumphant, is needed, look no further than a fallacy-filled blog post on the Harvard Health Blog in defense...Show More Summary

New robot can help treat rare birth defect

(University of Sheffield) Researchers at the University of Sheffield and Boston's Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School have created a robot that can be implanted into the body to aid the treatment of oesophageal atresia, a rare birth defect that affects a baby's oesophagus.

Man accused of impersonating Harvard-trained doctor at San Diego hospital

A man who claimed he was an anesthesiologist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and a graduate of Harvard Medical School was arrested Thursday on an impersonation charge after he was found in the hospital’s doctors lounge, according to police and hospital officials. When hospital security approached Zaid...

An Underactive Thyroid May Affect Women's Ability to Conceive, Says a Harvard Study

For women who struggle to conceive, the journey is often long, hard, and emotionally draining. But a recent study from Harvard Medical School may shed light on why some women can't get pregnant. The potential culprit? A slightly underactive...Show More Summary

Making waves

(Harvard Medical School) New approach enables measurements of changes in thousands of proteins in the minutes after frog eggs are fertilized, revealing previously opaque mechanisms such as how the destruction of a small number of proteins releases the 'brakes' on an egg's cell cycle. Method has applications in a wide range of biological systems.

Education Beyond Borders

Harvard Medical School will offer online education to doctors-in-the-making and practicing clinicians affiliated with a pediatric cancer hospital in Egypt, the 57357 Children's Cancer Hospital in Cairo.

UofL, Harvard, USF provide model for medical schools to teach signs of human trafficking

As many as 88 percent of human trafficking victims in the United States interact with a health care professional while they are being exploited. These professionals' ability to recognize the signs of human trafficking and intervene appropriately,...Show More Summary

UofL, Harvard, USF provide model for medical schools to teach signs of human trafficking

(University of Louisville) A new curriculum for third-year medical students teaches them to recognize patients who are being exploited in human trafficking.

'Bet hedging' explains the efficacy of many combination cancer therapies

(Harvard Medical School) Survival benefits of many cancer drug combinations are not due to drug synergy, but to a form of "bet hedging." Combination treatment gives each patient multiple chances of responding to at least one drug, increasing measures of survival within patient populations. Show More Summary

Researchers reveal fail-safe structure of enzyme linked to Alzheimer's, cancer

Like millions of Americans, Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellow Tom Seegar struggled as he watched several family members decline from Alzheimer's disease.

How a seahorse-shaped brain structure may help us recognize others

(Harvard Medical School) Study in mice reveals an oxytocin-sensitive brain circuit that regulates social memory formation, recognitionResults shed light on brain's ability to sort out confusion by reconciling conflicting social stimuliScientists...Show More Summary

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