Archive for March, 2011

Living with chronic headache: a personal migraine story

Headaches that appear every day can take over your life. An editor at Harvard Health Publications, who prefers to go by the name CJ for this post, tells what it’s like to live with migraine every day and offers tips for coping with the worst.

If pulmonary embolism can strike Serena Williams, it can ace anyone

Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

If someone who stays fit for a living, like tennis star Serena Williams, can develop a blood clot in her lungs, anyone can. Called pulmonary embolism, this potentially deadly condition affects up to 600,000 Americans each year. Knowing the warning signs can help you get treatment right away.

Shingles can strike twice. Will the shingles vaccine help?

Urmila Parlikar
Urmila Parlikar, Senior Content Editor, Harvard Health Publications

Getting the viral infection known as shingles doesn’t give everyone life-long immunity from it. Shingles can strike twice, or rarely, even a third time. A shingles vaccine can reduce the chances of a recurrence.