Harvard Medical School Commentaries

Oct142014

What To Tell Your Kids About Ebola

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

The inevitable has happened: we have three cases of Ebola that began in the United States. In our global society, we simply can't prevent people and germs from moving around the world. It's all... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Oct32014

Protein Powders 101

by Marlee Hagan, Dietetic Intern
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Protein is an important part of your diet. It is necessary for the body's muscle, bone, skin and hair cells to grow and repair. Meat, poultry, seafood, beans, eggs, cheese, tofu, nuts and seeds... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Sep302014

Update From the Medical Journals: September 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

New Heart Failure Drug Gets High Praise ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Sep262014

A Simpler Approach to Two Mental Health Conditions

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

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as DSM-5. This newest edition considers panic ... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

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