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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

Heart Health

Fluids, cool air key to avoiding heat stroke

Patrick J. Skerrett

Infection, autoimmune disease linked to depression

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Cancer

Celebrating cancer survivors

Patrick J. Skerrett

5 tips for healthy grilling

Patrick J. Skerrett

New public database shows hospital billing charges all over the map

Exercise & Fitness

Exercise is good, not bad, for arthritis

Patrick J. Skerrett

A good day to check your medications

Patrick J. Skerrett

Survival skills for all-you-can-eat buffets

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Exercise & Fitness

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

Distracted driving: We’re Number 1

Patrick J. Skerrett

Take a nap to adjust to Daylight Saving Time

Patrick J. Skerrett

Panel cites top 10 strategies for improving patient safety

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

Adult immunization schedule updated as vaccination rates lag

Exercise & Fitness

Shoveling snow can be hard on the heart

Men's Health

High-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones in men

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

Generic drugs: don’t ask, just tell

Patrick J. Skerrett

Many drivers asleep at the wheel