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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

Patrick J. Skerrett

Multitasking—a medical and mental hazard

Heart Health

Studies hint at limits when reducing salt

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Heart Health

Consumers could save as generic Lipitor hits the market

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

Avastin loses FDA approval for breast cancer

Patrick J. Skerrett

Diabetic neuropathy—the agony of da feet

Patrick J. Skerrett

Honor a veteran; understand PTSD

Children's Health

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

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

Patrick J. Skerrett

CDC panel says boys should get HPV vaccine, too

Children's Health

Do chronic diseases have their origins in the womb?

Children's Health

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

Cancer

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

Exercise & Fitness

Change: One man’s steady struggle to become healthier

Men's Health

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

Cancer

FDA hopes to apply new sunscreen rules

Patrick J. Skerrett

Taking part in a clinical trial advances knowledge, medical care

Patrick J. Skerrett

Crumbling, confusing Food Pyramid replaced by a Plate

Cancer

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

Cancer

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

Heart Health

Study renews caution on painkiller use after heart attack

Patrick J. Skerrett

Gaining awareness about arthritis and its prevention

Heart Health

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