Harvard Medical School Commentaries

Sep192014

When To Take Your Child to the ER

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Boston Children's Hospital

Many parents find themselves asking, "Do I need to take my child to the emergency room?" Knowing how to answer that question is very important. ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Sep162014

Step It Up To Stay Well

by Harvey B. Simon, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Exercise is good for health; it reduces the risks of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, osteoporosis and certain cancers. People who exercise regularly live... read more

Category: Man to Man

Sep102014

The Upside of Genetic Mutations

by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Genetic mutations are changes or errors in our genetic code.  They are usually thought of as a bad thing. After all, mutations can lead to disease. Sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy and cystic... read more

Category: Medical Myths

Sep52014

Fresh Isn't Always Best When it Comes to Fruit and Vegetables

by Emily Schilling, Dietetic Intern
Brigham and Women's Hospital

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages us to fill half of our plates with fruits and vegetables. And why not? Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins, minerals and fiber ... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Aug292014

Update From the Medical Journals: August 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

High-Dose Flu  Shot  Works Best for Older Adults ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Aug252014

Therapy for Troubled Relationships

by Michael Craig Miller, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A woman consulted a colleague of mine recently after a painful divorce. The colleague thought she was depressed. The woman's friend had suggested looking for a clinician who had experience doing... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Aug192014

The Mediterranean Diet -- A Model for Men

by Harvey B. Simon, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

"You are what you eat." ... read more

Category: Man to Man

Aug142014

Food Allergies -- What Parents Need To Know

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Boston Children's Hospital

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies are on the rise. This means that parents need to be aware of the signs of food allergy and know what to do. ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Aug82014

Why Doctors Repeat Themselves

by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Does it sometimes seem as though your doctor is repeating himself? ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Saying

Aug52014

Fact or Fiction: Menopause Causes Weight Gain?

by Jillian Smith, B.S., Dietetic Intern
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Have you ever wondered if menopause causes weight gain? If you have, you are not alone. Women typically go through menopause between 50 and 59 years of age. And studies show that the average woman ... read more

Category: Food for Thought