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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

Fluids, cool air key to avoiding heat stroke featured image

Heart Health

Fluids, cool air key to avoiding heat stroke

Infection, autoimmune disease linked to depression featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Infection, autoimmune disease linked to depression

Ask questions to get the most out of a health care visit featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Ask questions to get the most out of a health care visit

What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye

Matchless strategy for tick removal; 6 steps to avoid tick bites featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Matchless strategy for tick removal; 6 steps to avoid tick bites

Celebrating cancer survivors featured image

Cancer

Celebrating cancer survivors

5 tips for healthy grilling featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

5 tips for healthy grilling

New public database shows hospital billing charges all over the map featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

New public database shows hospital billing charges all over the map

Exercise is good, not bad, for arthritis featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Exercise is good, not bad, for arthritis

A good day to check your medications featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

A good day to check your medications

Survival skills for all-you-can-eat buffets featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Survival skills for all-you-can-eat buffets

Physical therapy works as well as surgery for some with torn knee cartilage featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Physical therapy works as well as surgery for some with torn knee cartilage

New concussion guidelines say “When in doubt, sit it out” featured image

Exercise & Fitness

New concussion guidelines say “When in doubt, sit it out”

Distracted driving: We’re Number 1 featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Distracted driving: We’re Number 1

Take a nap to adjust to Daylight Saving Time featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Take a nap to adjust to Daylight Saving Time

Panel cites top 10 strategies for improving patient safety featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Panel cites top 10 strategies for improving patient safety

Deep-brain stimulation can be started earlier to ease Parkinson’s symptoms featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Deep-brain stimulation can be started earlier to ease Parkinson’s symptoms

Adult immunization schedule updated as vaccination rates lag featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Adult immunization schedule updated as vaccination rates lag

Shoveling snow can be hard on the heart featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Shoveling snow can be hard on the heart

High-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones in men featured image

Men's Health

High-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones in men

The trick to recognizing a good whole grain: Use carb-to-fiber ratio of 10-to-1 featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

The trick to recognizing a good whole grain: Use carb-to-fiber ratio of 10-to-1

As flu cases spike, it isn’t too late to get the vaccine featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

As flu cases spike, it isn’t too late to get the vaccine

Generic drugs: don’t ask, just tell featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Generic drugs: don’t ask, just tell

Many drivers asleep at the wheel featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Many drivers asleep at the wheel

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