Harvard Medical School Commentaries

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

Dec82014

Ancient Grains Are New Again

by Elizabeth Richard, B.S.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Grains such as amaranth, teff and freekeh were staples in the diets of the early societies of South and Central America, Asia and Africa. These grains and seeds have survived thousands of years of ... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Dec22014

Update From the Medical Journals: November 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Cox-2 NSAIDs Raise the Risk of Death After Stroke ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading

Nov242014

Exercise and Brain Health

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

For most of us, the brain — and its health — is a top priority. It is the key to a good quality of life. And the brain's good functioning is enormously important for a sense of well-being. ... read more

Category: Minding Your Mind

Nov192014

Protecting Your Child From Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

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

It can be scary when your child has not only a high fever but also a mouthful of sores. It's called hand, foot and mouth disease. Even the name sounds scary. But it's actually a incredibly common... read more

Category: A Parent's Life

Nov142014

A Sunny Outlook Is Good for Your Health

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

Look for the silver lining . . . ... read more

Category: Man to Man

Nov72014

How Useful Are Consumer Drug Ads?

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

Since the 1990s, drug companies in the United States have been advertising directly to consumers. One of the justifications for this — besides selling more drugs — is that such advertising could ... read more

Category: Medical Myths

Nov42014

Do Sugar Substitutes Help You Lose Weight?

by Emma Gregory, B.S.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

With all the health messages on the Internet and in magazines, it's hard to know the truth about sugar substitutes, particularly artificial sweeteners. Maybe you've read that diet soda is bad for... read more

Category: Food for Thought

Oct312014

Update From the Medical Journals: October 2014

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Ebola Outbreak Grows in Africa and First Travel-Related Cases Reach the United States ... read more

Category: What Your Doctor Is Reading