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Patrick J. Skerrett

Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of the Harvard Heart Letter for ten years. He is the co-author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Guide to Healthy Eating, The Fertility Diet, and several other books on health and science. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Popular Science magazine, Science magazine, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He earned a B.A. in biology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Posts by Patrick J. Skerrett

Fourth of July grilling tip: Check for stray bristles after cleaning with a wire brush featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Fourth of July grilling tip: Check for stray bristles after cleaning with a wire brush

Half of heart disease deaths could be prevented featured image

Heart Health

Half of heart disease deaths could be prevented

The long goodbye: FDA ruling will eliminate trans fats from U.S. foods featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

The long goodbye: FDA ruling will eliminate trans fats from U.S. foods

Pets can help their humans create friendships, find social support featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Pets can help their humans create friendships, find social support

Editorial calls for more research on link between football and brain damage featured image

Men's Health

Editorial calls for more research on link between football and brain damage

Edible marijuana — a half-baked idea? featured image

Children's Health

Edible marijuana — a half-baked idea?

Panel suggests that dietary guidelines stop warning about cholesterol in food featured image

Heart Health

Panel suggests that dietary guidelines stop warning about cholesterol in food

Cold hands: Could it be Raynaud’s? featured image

Men's Health

Cold hands: Could it be Raynaud’s?

Heavy drinkers aren’t necessarily alcoholics, but may be “almost alcoholics” featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Heavy drinkers aren’t necessarily alcoholics, but may be “almost alcoholics”

Raising beef creates more pollution than raising pork, poultry, dairy, or eggs featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Raising beef creates more pollution than raising pork, poultry, dairy, or eggs

Selenium, vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk featured image

Cancer

Selenium, vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk

Selenium, vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk featured image

Men's Health

Selenium, vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk

New study adds caution to testosterone therapy for “low T” featured image

Cancer

New study adds caution to testosterone therapy for “low T”

Join the Great American Smokeout featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Join the Great American Smokeout

On Veterans Day, don’t let the “invisible wounds” of PTSD remain hidden featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

On Veterans Day, don’t let the “invisible wounds” of PTSD remain hidden

FDA gets with the evidence, proposes that trans fats are not “safe” featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

FDA gets with the evidence, proposes that trans fats are not “safe”

Prostatitis: inflamed prostate can be a vexing health problem featured image

Men's Health

Prostatitis: inflamed prostate can be a vexing health problem

Wellocracy aims to help trackers choose and use health apps and devices featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Wellocracy aims to help trackers choose and use health apps and devices

Stopping nosebleeds: a pinch will usually do the trick featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Stopping nosebleeds: a pinch will usually do the trick

Overweight and healthy: the concept of metabolically healthy obesity featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Overweight and healthy: the concept of metabolically healthy obesity

Harvard Health blog takes a break featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Harvard Health blog takes a break

Lyme disease 10 times more common than thought featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Lyme disease 10 times more common than thought

Falling TVs injure 17,000 kids a year featured image

Children's Health

Falling TVs injure 17,000 kids a year

Aspirin-like drug may help diabetics control blood sugar featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Aspirin-like drug may help diabetics control blood sugar

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