Harvard Medical School Commentaries

Jan262015

Bath Salts -- A New Drug Risk Among Teens

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

Parents are rightfully asking questions about a relatively new group of drugs called "bath salts." These are potent stimulants that are nothing like the Epsom salts people may put in a hot bath to... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Jan212015

Marriage and Men's Health

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

Marriage is not what it used to be. ... read more

Category: Man to Man

Jan162015

Parents -- Get the "Screens" Out of Your Child's Bedroom

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

These days, screens have become an integral part of childrens' daily lives. They spend as much time in front of screens as their parents spend at work. ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Jan122015

Massaging Away Your Cold

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

Not long ago, a friend had a bad cold. When she called to cancel her appointment for a massage, she heard something unexpected from the receptionist: a massage might help her get better faster. ... read more

Category: Medical Myths

Jan72015

Top Nutrition Trends of 2014

by Matt Stranberg, B.S., M.S.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Each year new dietary trends become popular. Many seem too good to be true. They promise hyped claims using ambitious marketing campaigns. Others seem a bit more credible. ... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Jan22015

Update From the Medical Journals: December 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Breast Cancer Vaccine Tested for Safety ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Dec232014

Is Coffee Good for Your Mood?

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

In the United States, 90% of adults consume caffeine on a regular basis. It is mostly by drinking coffee. A study suggests that coffee not only wakes people up, but also may offer some protection... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Dec222014

Banning Sweet Treats at School Parties

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

It's the holiday season. For many school children, this means parties and sweet treats, such as cupcakes and candy. But many schools across the United States have now banned sugary sweets for ... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Dec192014

Snow Shoveling -- Caution, Men at Risk

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

Give an American man a blizzard and a shovel, and the result is predictable: an immaculate driveway and a worried wife. ... read more

Category: Man to Man

Dec122014

Can You Be Overweight and Healthy?

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

There's little question that the current epidemic of obesity has come with a staggering cost to public health. Current estimates suggest that obesity-related illness accounts for $150 billion and... read more

Category: Medical Myths