Harvard Medical School Commentaries

May182015

Is Your Child Ready for Sleep-Away Camp?

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

Sleep-away camp can be a wonderful way for children to have fun, build memories and friendships, and learn independence. But leaving home is a big step. Before you pack up the duffle bag, here are a... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

May132015

Try "Active Commuting" for Your Health

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

A man's workday does not necessarily begin at the office; instead, it often begins with a stressful trip to work. Commuting is a fact of modern life — a necessary evil. In terms of health, some... read more

Category: Man to Man

May82015

The Myth of the Hippocratic Oath

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

Soon after a shootout with police, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. A reporter covering the story described how, despite the heinous... read more

Category: Medical Myths

May42015

Fermented Foods -- Should They Be Part of Your Diet?

by Alyssa Roscoe, BA, MS
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Humans have been fermenting foods for thousands of years. Fermentation protects foods from spoiling and produces foods with a pleasing taste and texture. Asian and African cultures use fermentation... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Apr292015

Update From the Medical Journals: April 2015

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Removing Ovaries Greatly Reduces Breast Cancer Deaths  Among Women With the BRCA1 Gene

A  study published April 23 by JAMA Oncology shows that surgery to remove the ovaries can dramatically lower... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Apr242015

Preventing Vascular Dementia

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

A few years ago, a neurologist friend shared the following perspective with me. ... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Apr202015

Men: Eating Well at Home and Away

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

Jonathan Swift wasn't too far off when he said that one of the best doctors in the world is "Doctor Diet." Medicine has come a long way since 1738, but Swift's insight remains true: Good nutrition... read more

Category: Man to Man

Apr152015

Is Your Teen Ready To Drive?

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

Learning to drive is a big rite of passage for youth. Most can't wait for the day they can get a learner's permit and, even better, that crucial license. ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Apr102015

Ditch the Gluten, Improve Your Health?

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

This just in: A new health myth has been taking the country by storm. ... read more

Category: Medical Myths

Apr62015

Getting Enough Vitamin B12

by Linda Antinoro, R.D., L.D.N., J.D., C.D.E.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Vitamin B12 is vital for the body to produce healthy red blood cells. It also is needed for proper nerve function and DNA synthesis. ... read more

Category: Food for Thought