Harvard Medical School Commentaries

Jul222014

Polymyalgia Rheumatica -- Fierce Name, Treatable Illness

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

A disease with the name polymyalgia rheumatic sounds rare and serious. But it affects over 700,000 Americans and is very treatable. ... read more

Category: Man to Man

Jul162014

Parents -- What You Need To Know About Hookahs

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

Parents, do you know what a hookah is? If not, you should. Then take the time to talk to your teens about the health risks associated with it. 

What Is Hookah? ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Jul112014

Diseases Named After Geographical Locations

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

Not long ago, I was traveling through upstate New York and saw signs for Coxsackie. The name sounded familiar, but I didn’t expect to see it on a freeway sign. ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Saying

Jul72014

How Our Environment Affects Our Food Choices

by Ben Andrew, B.S.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Each and every day we make over 200 choices related to food. These decisions can affect our health and well-being. We make most of these decisions without even realizing it. Some examples include:

Category: Food for Thought

Jun302014

Update From the Medical Journals: June 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Sleep Apnea Treatments Improve Heart Health and Metabolism

Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine June 12 looked at two treatments for sleep apnea — weight loss and the CPAP... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Jun252014

How To Keep Health Risks in Perspective

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

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors had to recognize risks in their environment and react to them quickly. It helped them survive. In modern times, humans are still wired to pay close attention to ... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Jun202014

How Exercise Helps You Relax

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

"Rest and relaxation" -- it's such a common expression that it has become a cliché. And although rest really can be relaxing, the pat phrase causes many men to overlook the fact that exercise can... read more

Category: Man to Man

Jun172014

What Parents Need To Know about E-Cigarettes

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

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that look just like cigarettes. Instead of inhaling smoke from them, you inhale a vapor. (This is sometimes called "vaping.") The vapor often contains... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Jun112014

Health Statistics -- View Them with Caution

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

Surely, you've heard statistics like these before: 

"A crime takes place on the streets of our city every 8 minutes."             

"Every 10 minutes a new name appears on the organ transplant... read more

Category: Medical Myths

Jun62014

Eating Frequency and Weight Loss

by Sarah Churchill, M.S., Dietetic Intern
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Many Americans struggle with losing weight. They feel frustrated by repeated attempts at weight loss. ... read more

Category: Food for Thought