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This report focuses primarily on osteoarthritis — the most common type of arthritis — which affects 27 million Americans. Many people believe it’s a crippling and inevitable part of growing old. But things are changing. Treatments are better, and plenty of people age well without much arthritis. If you have osteoarthritis, you can take steps to protect your joints, reduce discomfort, and improve mobility — all of which…

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  • Is green tea the cancer-fighter it’s cracked up to be?
  • How should I prepare for a colonoscopy?
  • Do I get the same benefit from fish oil capsules as from eating fish?
  • At my age, should strength-training be a part of my exercise routine?

Each month, the doctors at Harvard Medical School answer questions like these in the pages of the Harvard Health Letter. Easy-to-read, clear and concise, Harvard Health Letter is like a monthly conversation with your favorite doctor.

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I appreciate your letters in two ways: one when they refer to a specific problem, like when you address back aches or heartburn (though they can be a little boring when they refer to some problem that I don't have), and second when they refer to healthy habits, like exercise or nutrition, specially when you help to demystified some common misinformation. I enjoy a lot both. Keep them coming!—LH, Greenville, SC
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The Harvard Health Letter has helped me to understand several health issues of concern to myself an to others and has been a useful tool to having better communications with my Doctor (s) with respect to health issues that develop over time as well as the Letter has been useful in helping to guide others toward relevant information related to their needs. I would like to see more information published regarding a more nutritional approach to wellness, although you do publish some. My acquaintances and I are mostly looking for old non-medicinal remedies that have been proven to work over the years. I have known several individuals who have live to be over 100 and used non-traditional remedies in spite of and/or traditional medicines (i.e. a woman who was born with an enlarged heart, expected to live to age 35, lived to 106, and died peacefully in her sleep). Many remedies she shared with me over the years really worked well - wish I had taken better notes, as well as Yoga benefits and how, if done, really do "cure" certain medical issues. Is there anyone on your staff who could address these issues? (I realize the controversy that would be involved, but there are also controversies in traditional medical approaches, but judging from what I have seen over the years, if it works for the individual either way (traditional or Non-traditional) it is certainly worth a try. Thank you for considering my request. I subscribe to Harvard Health, Mental Health, Women's Health and Health and find each one very useful on the particular issues addressed. C.S. Stratford, CT
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I am so very impressed with the four Harvard Health newsletters that I receive. I receive a couple of others from other institutions, and they're OK, but yours are superior -- perfect language usage (well, except for the couple of times you slipped, using "healthy" instead of "healthful), no typos, clear layout, quiet humor. Thank you! L.A., Binghamton, NY
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