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How thyroid hormone affects the heart

The thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate metabolism and energy levels. When it produces too little thyroid hormone, the heart can lose pumping strength, and cholesterol and blood pressure rise. Too much thyroid hormone can cause the heart to race… (Locked) More »

In search of a milk alternative

People who are unable to or don’t want to drink cow’s milk have alternatives. Lactose-free milk has an enzyme added to it that helps break down lactose into more easily digested sugars. Soy milk is the fluid that’s strained from… More »

Stressful job may raise stroke risk

Having a demanding job with little control may slightly increase the risk of a stroke. Job strain may activate factors that predispose a person to developing a blood clot, which can lead to a stroke. (Locked) More »

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Anne Fabiny, MD

Dr. Anne Fabiny is a primary care physician and geriatrician at Cambridge Health Alliance and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is Chief of Geriatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance and Medical Director of its Elder Service Plan. In 2011, Dr. Fabiny was awarded Harvard Medical School’s Charles McCabe, M.D., Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where she did her internship and residency in family medicine, and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Nancy Ferrari

Nancy Ferrari

Nancy Ferrari is a managing editor at Harvard Health Publications and a former editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before joining Harvard Health, Nancy was a writer and editor in the Clinical Publications Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She began her work there as a women's health writer creating patient education materials and then became the manager of the program. Nancy's writing and editing experience includes work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked at the Journal of Science, Technology, and Human Values and served as editor of a conference proceedings on energy and the environment.

Suzanne Olbricht, MD

Suzanne Olbricht, MD

Dr. Suzanne Olbricht is a dermatologist at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Olbricht graduated from Indiana University in 1973, earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and completed her internship in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital in 1977. She received her residency training in dermatology at Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. She did a fellowship in Mohs' micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Olbricht's special interest is Mohs' micrographic surgery for the removal of difficult skin cancers.

Marc Garnick, MD

Marc Garnick, MD

Dr. Marc B. Garnick is an internationally renowned expert in medical oncology and urologic cancer. A clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, he also maintains an active clinical practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has dedicated his career to the development of new therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr. Garnick is the Editor in Chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org and Harvard Medical School's Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, both of which emerged from his keen interest in explaining issues of medical importance to patients and their families to help them make appropriate treatment choices.

Eric Rimm, ScD

Eric Rimm, ScD

Dr. Eric Rimm is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research group focuses on the study of diet and lifestyle characteristics in relation to cardiovascular disease. He also studies the impact of school nutrition policies on the diets of school children, and the impact of food stamps on dietary habits.

Dr. Rimm was a member of the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He is an associate editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Epidemiology. He was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition's General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award.

Dr. Rimm earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his doctor of science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed a nutrition and epidemiology fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. During his 20-plus years on the faculty at Harvard, he has published more than 450 peer reviewed publications.