Archive for November, 2017

Naloxone: An important tool, but not the solution to the opioid crisis

Scott Weiner, MD


A person who receives naloxone for an overdose is typically observed for several hours in a hospital’s emergency department and then discharged, but what happens to them after that? ED staff at a Boston hospital studied the survival rate for these patients.

Real-life healthy dinners (for real people with real busy lives)

What’s for dinner? Answering that question can be a daily challenge, and even more so if you are trying to follow healthy eating guidelines. But a little planning and shopping can get you set up to put together meals that are healthful and quick.

7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While the holiday season brings excitement and activity, it also creates stress for many people, and that can affect children too. With some thought and planning, parents can make the holidays more enjoyable for their kids and themselves.

Healthcare freebies that can make you, and your wallet, feel a little better

From prescription drugs to prepared meals, there are many health-enhancing services that may be available at no cost, depending on where you live and whether you meet certain requirements.

Fish oil capsules: Net benefits for the heart are limited

At one time there was hope that omega-3 supplements in the form of fish oil capsules might prevent heart disease, but 15 years of research has found this belief to be untrue, and taking fish oil could even be harmful to some people.

Heart rate variability: A new way to track well-being

Measuring heart rate variability provides a way to see the impact of stress, which can be a motivator to make healthier lifestyle choices that can help counteract it.

10 signs that a child’s stomachache could be something serious

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Stomachaches are common in children, and most are not serious, but there are certain signs parents should watch for — especially when other symptoms accompany a stomachache.

Insurance plan networks: 5 things you need to know

Understanding all the details of your health insurance plan’s coverage can help prevent unexpected charges for out-of-network visits, particularly when away from your local coverage area.

New high blood pressure guidelines: Think your blood pressure is fine? Think again…

There’s been plenty of talk about the new blood pressure guidelines, but most people just want to know what the new categories mean, and what they should be doing to improve their blood pressure so they don’t find themselves needing to take medication.

Self-care: 4 ways to nourish body and soul

It’s crucial to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, especially when others depend on us. Here are four ways you can incorporate taking better care of yourself into your everyday routine.