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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

Get rid of your old drugs this Saturday

Heart Health

Is fructose bad for you?

Heart Health

From the wrist to the heart: new angioplasty method is safe, effective

Cancer

Visual and audio guides to radiation risk

Heart Health

At Harvard Forum, experts debate how much vitamin D is enough

Heart Health

Understanding heart failure

Heart Health

Oh please, not the “sex causes heart attack” story again

Children's Health

Sudden death in young athletes—can it be prevented?

Cancer

Thyroid cancer a hazard from radioactive iodine emitted by Japan’s failing nuclear power plants

Children's Health

Sugary soda and juice can boost blood pressure, weight

Exercise & Fitness

If pulmonary embolism can strike Serena Williams, it can ace anyone

Patrick J. Skerrett

Cell phone use stimulates brain activity

Patrick J. Skerrett

Zinc for the common cold? Not for me

Exercise & Fitness

Heart disease forecast: Gloomy, with boom time ahead

Exercise & Fitness

New dietary guidelines offer little new guidance

Children's Health

FDA approves new treatment for head lice

Heart Health

“Just in case” heart tests can do more harm than good

Heart Health

A Chia Pet for diabetes?

Exercise & Fitness

Decline in stroke deaths reinforces importance of preventing “brain attack”

Heart Health

Laugh and be thankful—it’s good for the heart

Patrick J. Skerrett

Explosion in diabetes isn’t inevitable

Patrick J. Skerrett

Medical journals: Stop being so passive

Exercise & Fitness

Americans lag on exercise

Patrick J. Skerrett

Are drugs lurking in your dietary supplements?