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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

Panel says “no” to routine prostate cancer testing featured image

Cancer

Panel says “no” to routine prostate cancer testing

CDC wants all Baby Boomers to be tested for hepatitis C featured image

Cancer

CDC wants all Baby Boomers to be tested for hepatitis C

Antibiotics instead of surgery safe for some with appendicitis featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Antibiotics instead of surgery safe for some with appendicitis

Doctor groups list top overused, misused tests, treatments, and procedures featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Doctor groups list top overused, misused tests, treatments, and procedures

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Exercise & Fitness

Join in on National Walking Day

FDA won’t ban BPA—yet featured image

Children's Health

FDA won’t ban BPA—yet

Personalized medicine experiment details diabetes development featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Personalized medicine experiment details diabetes development

Study urges moderation in red meat intake featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Study urges moderation in red meat intake

Spring forward, fall asleep featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Spring forward, fall asleep

Snoring in kids linked to behavioral problems featured image

Children's Health

Snoring in kids linked to behavioral problems

Virtual reality, exergames may improve mental and physical health featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Virtual reality, exergames may improve mental and physical health

The science behind “broken heart syndrome” featured image

Heart Health

The science behind “broken heart syndrome”

New anti-lice lotion is good news for nitpickers featured image

Children's Health

New anti-lice lotion is good news for nitpickers

The 11 most expensive medications featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

The 11 most expensive medications

Everyday foods are top 10 sources of sodium featured image

Heart Health

Everyday foods are top 10 sources of sodium

Overnight treatment for chronic insomnia featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Overnight treatment for chronic insomnia

Resveratrol—the hype continues featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Resveratrol—the hype continues

FDA needs stronger rules to ensure the safety of dietary supplements featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

FDA needs stronger rules to ensure the safety of dietary supplements

Different blood pressure in right and left arms could signal trouble featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Different blood pressure in right and left arms could signal trouble

Doctors debate use of email for communicating with their patients featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Doctors debate use of email for communicating with their patients

Health care largely ignored in State of the Union address featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Health care largely ignored in State of the Union address

Smokers with cancer benefit from quitting, but need extra help featured image

Cancer

Smokers with cancer benefit from quitting, but need extra help

National plan aims to bolster fight against Alzheimer’s featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

National plan aims to bolster fight against Alzheimer’s

Chefs, nutrition experts give the low-fat muffin a makeover featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Chefs, nutrition experts give the low-fat muffin a makeover

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