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Thinking about COVID booster shots? Here’s what to know
Cancer survivors' sleep is affected long after treatment
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What to do when elective surgery is postponed
What happened to trusting medical experts?
Stuttering in children: How parents can help
Icy fingers and toes: Poor circulation or Raynaud’s phenomenon?
Evoking calm: Practicing mindfulness in daily life helps
Finding balance: 3 simple exercises to steady your steps
Boosting your child’s immune system
Harvard Health Blog
Read the latest posts from experts at Harvard Health Publishing covering a variety of health topics and perspectives on medical news.
Masks save lives: Here’s what you need to know
Updated August 6, 2021
Hypertension, health inequities, and implications for COVID-19
Published November 18, 2020
In the US, racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have hypertension, thus putting them at higher risk for a COVID-19 infection. Controlling blood pressure helps reduce risk, but the underlying health inequities that make these groups more vulnerable also need to be addressed.
Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help?
Published November 17, 2020
Millions of people suffer from migraines, and research has been trying to understand what causes them. A current theory involves branches of the trigeminal nerve. Now the FDA has cleared an over-the-counter device to prevent or treat migraine by stimulating this nerve with mild electrical shocks.
College student coming home? What to know and do
Published November 16, 2020
Due to the pandemic, many college students are coming home at Thanksgiving for an extended winter break. Having anyone reenter your household as COVID-19 cases rise across the US is challenging, and requires thought and planning to keep everyone safe — and sane. Here’s what families need to think about.
Birth control and high blood pressure: Which methods are safe for you?
Published November 13, 2020
Doctors typically recommend that women who have high blood pressure avoid using birth control that contains estrogen to avoid raising risks for a stroke or heart attack. According to a clinical update, this recommendation may be changing for some women with high blood pressure.
Quarantine snacking fixer-upper
Published November 12, 2020
Eating more than you should since the start of the pandemic, especially unhealthy, highly processed snack foods? If you’re looking for advice on how to break your snacking habits and form new, better habits with healthier snacks, try these tips.
A new Alzheimer’s drug: From advisory panel to FDA — what’s at stake here?
Published November 12, 2020
The FDA is in the process of deciding whether to approve a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s. Two large clinical trials produced contradictory results, but other factors will affect the decision, including cost, incidence of side effects, the drug’s effectiveness, and more.
Drugstore skincare: Science-backed anti-aging ingredients that don’t break the bank
Published November 11, 2020
Treating age-related skin changes does not require an investment in expensive products, or a visit to a dermatologist. Products available in drugstores with proven ingredients and without a prescription can help with various skin issues or problems.
How to recognize a ministroke or stroke — and what to do
Published November 10, 2020
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or ministroke, is caused by a temporary lack of blood in part of the brain, usually from a clot. The fleeting symptoms of a TIA can be a warning of risk for an imminent, more serious stroke. In the event of a stroke, getting help immediately is crucial, and knowing the signs will make that more likely.
Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19?
Published November 9, 2020
People with certain chronic conditions are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. These include a compromised immune system, which can happen for a number of reasons. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus take drugs that suppress the immune system, and new research examined the risks associated with such a situation.
Early birds may be more active, but night owls can catch up
Updated December 18, 2020
Type 2 diabetes: Which medication is best for me?
Published November 5, 2020
When diet and exercise are not enough for a person with diabetes to manage their blood sugar, one or more medications may be needed. Adding a second medication can offer additional benefits beyond blood sugar control, but the benefits and risks of these newer classes of drugs must be weighed for each person.
It’s still true: Not all the news about COVID-19 is bad
Published November 4, 2020
We’re more than nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to face new challenges every day. But there are still positive developments in the fight against the virus, which should be recognized.
Coping With IBS
Updated November 12, 2020
Defusing the “Benadryl challenge”: Discussing danger with teens
Published November 2, 2020
Viral challenges encourage risky behavior in teens with potentially serious consequences. The reasons teens do things like this are rooted in the development process of the adolescent brain, and adults need to understand why such challenges appeal to teens in order to talk to them about why they aren’t safe.
Intermittent fasting: Does a new study show downsides — or not?
Published October 30, 2020
Growing evidence shows that intermittent fasting leads to significant weight loss. A recent study contradicted these findings, but the way this study was designed and implemented raises some questions about its conclusions.
Keeping your family safe this Thanksgiving
Published October 29, 2020
This year, the safest choice for celebrating Thanksgiving is to do so at home only with those you live with, yet some people are still going to want to gather. If you are considering celebrating with others, there are some things you can do to help limit COVID-related risks.
Talking to your doctor about an abusive relationship
Published October 29, 2020
Intimate partner violence can occur between people of any gender or sexual orientation. Abuse can leave people feeling isolated, confused, or hopeless, and talking to a health professional is one way to get help in the form of medical treatment or access to appropriate services.
Mind-body medicine in addiction recovery
Published October 28, 2020
Mind-body medicine, the use of behavioral and lifestyle interventions to address medical problems, is becoming a key component of recovery from addiction. There are now several scientifically-based mind-body medicine options for people in recovery, and promising research on their effectiveness.
What your skin should expect when you’re expecting
Published October 27, 2020
During pregnancy many women experience changes in their skin, some of which can linger for some time after giving birth. Most of these changes are not cause for concern and will improve, and in some cases there are treatments available for them.
Making special education work for your child during COVID-19
Published October 26, 2020
The pandemic has forced parents everywhere to face problems that don’t have clear solutions regarding their children’s schooling. For parents of children with disabilities who receive special education, these concerns are even more challenging, and parental choices are even more difficult.
Aspirin and breast cancer risk: How a wonder drug may become more wonderful
Updated October 23, 2020
Promoting equity and community health in the COVID-19 pandemic
Published October 22, 2020
At one Boston health care system a range of initiatives aimed at improving health care equity were launched as the pandemic swept forward last spring, taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color. Building on this could prove key as the virus resurges this winter.