Wellness & Lifestyle
- Consumer Health: The benefits, challenges and skill of breastfeedingby Laurel Kelly on August 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm
World Breastfeeding Week will be observed Aug. 1–7, which makes this a good time to learn more about the benefits, challenges and skill of breastfeeding. In its Breastfeeding Overview, the American Academy of Pediatrics states its continued support of “the unequivocal evidence that breastfeeding protects against a variety of diseases and conditions,” as well as
- Consumer Health: Lung cancer, smoking and why it’s always a good time to quitby Laurel Kelly on July 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm
World Lung Cancer Day will be observed on Sunday, Aug. 1, which makes this a good time to learn more about the connection between lung cancer and smoking, and why it’s always a good time to quit. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Lung
- Mayo Clinic Minute: How to start a running routineby Jason Howland on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Running is one of the easiest ways to work out and stay fit. But for beginners, how do you get started? Here’s Jason Howland with your Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0:59) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: “Mayo Clinic News Network.” Read
- Consumer Health: Balance training — easy, fun and importantby Laurel Kelly on July 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm
A well-rounded fitness routine contains several elements, including aerobic fitness, strength training, core exercises, and flexibility and stretching. The fifth element is balance training. Balance refers to the ability to stay upright and steady, whether you’re standing, kneeling, sitting or squatting. Several sensory systems in your body contribute to good balance. Your vision, inner ear and
- Consumer Health: What do you know about hepatitis?by Laurel Kelly on July 28, 2021 at 12:32 pm
World Hepatitis Day will be observed on Wednesday, July 28, which makes this a good time to learn more about hepatitis. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, usually caused by specific viruses. The five main strains of the hepatitis virus are referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. While they all cause
- Morphle manufactures its 101st slide scanner for NIH’s NCIon August 3, 2021 at 8:16 am
Morphle Labs makes its ceremonial 101st scanner for NIH’s National Cancer Institute. It customized the scanner to fit the research needs of NCI.
- Unvaccinated and vaccinated have similar viral load in communities high in SARS-CoV-2 deltaon August 3, 2021 at 4:01 am
The findings reveal that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals exhibit similar viral loads following delta infection and that vaccine breakthrough cases have the potential to transmit infection to others. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
- National Qatari study shows vaccination reduces risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 infectionon August 3, 2021 at 3:31 am
A team of scientists from Qatar and the United States has recently studied the viral transmission potential of individuals with primary severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, reinfection, or vaccine breakthrough infection.
- Democracies more likely than autocracies to maintain universal health coverageon August 3, 2021 at 1:47 am
Despite widespread recognition that universal health coverage is a political choice, the roles that a country’s political system plays in ensuring essential health services and minimizing financial risk remain poorly understood.
- CDC scientists model the most efficient physical barrier against SARS-CoV-2 for worker protectionon August 3, 2021 at 1:46 am
Size doesn’t matter — when it comes to physical barriers in the workplace. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found larger barriers were not statistically better than smaller physical barriers in protecting against severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
- Teachers unions could play a key role in helping to prevent COVID-19 spread, study suggestson August 3, 2021 at 1:44 am
School districts in Iowa were more likely to adopt COVID-19 mask mandates if they had a strong teachers union, according to a study in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs.
- Study: Pictures contain layers of mindon August 3, 2021 at 1:37 am
When an image of a person appears within a photo, that individual is perceived as being less real and having “less mind,” according to new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Sanctions prevent cheating and lead to better, more mutually beneficial fig-wasp relationshipson August 3, 2021 at 1:26 am
Removal of an offender’s hand, tongue or ear: punishments described in Babylon’s Hammurabi Code, depended on the nature of the crime.
- What Are “Mental Disorders,” and Are They Increasing in Youth?by Ralph Lewis M.D. on August 2, 2021 at 10:29 pm
Defining mental disorders is slippery, contributing to rising rates of diagnosis and self-diagnosis. Young people are especially prone to psychiatric self-labeling.
- How the Pandemic Changed Family Dynamicsby Jutta Joormann Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 9:09 pm
How COVID-19 impacted social-emotional development for children and adolescents.
- 5 Decision-Making Tips That Can Simplify Your Lifeby Alice Boyes Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 8:26 pm
Decision-making can be exhausting and anxiety-provoking. Here are a few solutions.
- Why Adolescence Can Be a More Assertive Ageby Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 5:56 pm
The growing assertive powers of insistence and resistance in adolescence culminate in the young adult’s capacity for agency to run their own life at the end.
- The Secret to a Successful Marriage Proposalby Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 2:45 pm
Proposing marriage requires a leap of faith. To increase the chances of success, it’s important to follow research-based “rules of engagement.”
- Purpose and the Life Reviewby William Damon Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 2:23 pm
Purposeful people look ahead to goals they seek to accomplish over the long haul.
- The Darkest Side of Social Mediaby Mitzi Perdue MPA on August 2, 2021 at 2:02 pm
July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Good news in the fight against this scourge: A phone app can help parents or guardians protect the teens in their lives.
- There Appears to be Truth to the Newest Theory of Lyingby Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Some say that everyone lies, but according to a new theory, some lies take more effort than others. Understanding the four ways liars think can make you a pro at getting to the truth.
- Two Societal Conversations Spurred by Simone Bilesby Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 2, 2021 at 1:38 pm
Mental health resides in our willingness to acknowledge without shame both mental and physical injuries; it manifests, too, in our ability to acknowledge and learn from failure.
- How Pessimism Can Hijack the Brain and Subvert Motivationby Christopher Bergland on August 2, 2021 at 1:33 pm
Pessimism can decrease motivation by making the brain less likely to pursue goals that involve some short-term discomfort but also result in feel-good rewards, a new study reports.
- A Harvard psychologist’s perspective on Biles at the Olympicson July 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm
The Gazette spoke with Harvard psychologist Michael Hollander about the toll anxiety can take on performance and what must change to ensure athletes get the help they need.
- Intervention in first 1,000 days of life may halt childhood obesityon July 29, 2021 at 8:19 pm
A new study demonstrates how changing parents’ health behavior and how clinicians deliver care to mothers and infants decreases excess weight gain in infants.
- How to persuade the unvaccinatedon July 29, 2021 at 7:39 pm
Robert Blendon examined the divide among Americans over vaccine mandates.
- MGH researchers studying early onset celiac diseaseon July 19, 2021 at 10:38 pm
Changes in gut microbiome in longitudinal study of infants precede onset of celiac disease.
- Signaling molecule may prevent Alzheimer’son July 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
New research in humans and mice identifies a particular signaling molecule that can help modify inflammation and the immune system to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Harvard Chan School professor discusses Delta varianton July 9, 2021 at 8:51 pm
Coronavirus ultimately not over, says Harvard Chan School’s William Hanage.
- EPA omega-3 fatty acid reduces cardiovascular eventson July 8, 2021 at 9:00 am
A high dose of a purified ethyl ester of eicosapentaenoic acid in patients at elevated cardiac risk significantly reduces cardiovascular events.
- Altering skin pigmentation can prevent UV canceron July 6, 2021 at 8:14 pm
An enzyme called nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase plays a key role in the production of melanin.
- Mental health professionals push slow return post-COVIDon July 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm
A Harvard Chan School psychologist counseled awareness and flexibility as people return to work, school, or other pre-pandemic activities.
- Researchers create atlas of developing mouse brainon June 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm
Researchers at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have created a detailed atlas of a critical region of the developing mouse brain, applying multiple advanced genomic technologies to the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for processing sensation from the body.