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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

Multitasking—a medical and mental hazard featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Multitasking—a medical and mental hazard

Studies hint at limits when reducing salt featured image

Heart Health

Studies hint at limits when reducing salt

Long-term survivors are helping unlock the mysteries of type 1 diabetes featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Long-term survivors are helping unlock the mysteries of type 1 diabetes

Consumers could save as generic Lipitor hits the market featured image

Heart Health

Consumers could save as generic Lipitor hits the market

Implants, tattoos, and tears could measure blood sugar without pain featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Implants, tattoos, and tears could measure blood sugar without pain

Avastin loses FDA approval for breast cancer featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Avastin loses FDA approval for breast cancer

Honor a veteran; understand PTSD featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Honor a veteran; understand PTSD

Pediatricians should ask teens about drug, alcohol use at every visit featured image

Children's Health

Pediatricians should ask teens about drug, alcohol use at every visit

A conversation with Dr. Jerry Avorn about drugs and the drug industry featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

A conversation with Dr. Jerry Avorn about drugs and the drug industry

CDC panel says boys should get HPV vaccine, too featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

CDC panel says boys should get HPV vaccine, too

Do chronic diseases have their origins in the womb? featured image

Children's Health

Do chronic diseases have their origins in the womb?

A new view of the teenage brain: adaptation is job 1 featured image

Children's Health

A new view of the teenage brain: adaptation is job 1

Cancer can be tough on the heart in more ways than one featured image

Cancer

Cancer can be tough on the heart in more ways than one

Change: One man’s steady struggle to become healthier featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Change: One man’s steady struggle to become healthier

Gaining weight? Beware potatoes—baked, fried, or in chips featured image

Men's Health

Gaining weight? Beware potatoes—baked, fried, or in chips

FDA hopes to apply new sunscreen rules featured image

Cancer

FDA hopes to apply new sunscreen rules

Taking part in a clinical trial advances knowledge, medical care featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Taking part in a clinical trial advances knowledge, medical care

Crumbling, confusing Food Pyramid replaced by a Plate featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Crumbling, confusing Food Pyramid replaced by a Plate

Cell phones and brain cancer—tips for reducing even the possibility of risk featured image

Cancer

Cell phones and brain cancer—tips for reducing even the possibility of risk

Cell phones and brain cancer—the evidence doesn’t ring any bells featured image

Cancer

Cell phones and brain cancer—the evidence doesn’t ring any bells

Study renews caution on painkiller use after heart attack featured image

Heart Health

Study renews caution on painkiller use after heart attack

Gaining awareness about arthritis and its prevention featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Gaining awareness about arthritis and its prevention

Does eating less salt lead to heart disease? New JAMA study is more wishful thinking than a diet changer featured image

Heart Health

Does eating less salt lead to heart disease? New JAMA study is more wishful thinking than a diet changer

Get rid of your old drugs this Saturday featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Get rid of your old drugs this Saturday

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