On Nov. 13, 2014, Harvard Medical School officially launched The World Is Waiting: The Campaign for Harvard Medicine, a fundraising campaign that will empower its mission to alleviate human suffering caused by disease through education, discovery, service, and leadership. To learn more about the campaign, go to http://hms.harvard.edu/giving
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A large group of researchers from China recently characterized microbial co-infections in the respiratory tract of hospitalized coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients and demonstrated a high prevalence of both viral and bacterial co-infections – particularly in individuals presenting with severe disease. Their findings are currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server and may serve to improve
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The average age of new coronavirus patients has dropped by roughly 15 years compared with only a few months ago as the coronavirus reignites in America’s Sun Belt, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a Q&A discussion with Dr. Francis
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An international research collaboration, including Professor IIJIMA Kazumoto et al. (of the Department of Pediatrics, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine) has revealed that NPHS1 is a disease-susceptibility gene for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome in children. The NPHS1 gene encodes nephrin, a component protein for the renal glomerulus slit diaphragm, which prevents protein from being passed
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Scientists across the globe are racing to develop an effective and safe vaccine against severe acute respiratory distress syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The coronavirus pandemic has marked its 11th million cases, and without a vaccine, cases are expected to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the University of
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jul 3 2020 Toxic metallic air pollution nanoparticles are getting inside the crucial, energy-producing structures within the hearts of people living in polluted cities, causing cardiac stress – a new study confirms. Using state-of-the-art electron microscopy, scientists are now able to show for the first time that tiny metal nanoparticles are
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jul 3 2020 Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have isolated human monoclonal antibodies that potentially can prevent a rare but devastating polio-like illness in children linked to a respiratory viral infection. The illness, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), causes sudden weakness in the
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jul 2 2020 A new study published recently in “BMC Pediatrics” shows a connection between the time of the month when low-income families receive their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and the number of emergency room visits due to injuries to children from those families. Childhood injuries are the leading
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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020. Kevin Dietsch | Reuters World leaders cannot ”balance lives against the economy” in weighing decisions to reopen businesses that have been shuttered
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White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday the U.S. coronavirus outbreak is “going to be very disturbing” if it continues on its current trajectory. States with surging outbreaks continue to pause and rollback efforts to reopen the economy while others that have found some success in fighting virus, particularly in the Northeast, roll out
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jul 1 2020 A team led by Case Western Reserve University medical researchers has developed a potential treatment method for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a fatal neurological disorder that produces severe movement, motor and cognitive dysfunction in children. It results from genetic mutations that prevent the body from properly making myelin, the
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British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The study from researchers Victoria Sampson, from the dental practice 38 Devonshire Street, London, Nawar Kamona from the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM), London and Ariane Sampson
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Top federal health officials told lawmakers Tuesday the U.S. needs a more unified national response and funding for public health if the country faces another pandemic.  The U.S. is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states across
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