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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

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

Heart Health

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

Visual and audio guides to radiation risk featured image

Cancer

Visual and audio guides to radiation risk

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

Heart Health

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

Understanding heart failure featured image

Heart Health

Understanding heart failure

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

Heart Health

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

Sudden death in young athletes—can it be prevented? featured image

Children's Health

Sudden death in young athletes—can it be prevented?

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

Cancer

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

Sugary soda and juice can boost blood pressure, weight featured image

Children's Health

Sugary soda and juice can boost blood pressure, weight

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

Exercise & Fitness

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

Cell phone use stimulates brain activity featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Cell phone use stimulates brain activity

Zinc for the common cold? Not for me featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Zinc for the common cold? Not for me

Heart disease forecast: Gloomy, with boom time ahead featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Heart disease forecast: Gloomy, with boom time ahead

New dietary guidelines offer little new guidance featured image

Exercise & Fitness

New dietary guidelines offer little new guidance

FDA approves new treatment for head lice featured image

Children's Health

FDA approves new treatment for head lice

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

Heart Health

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

A Chia Pet for diabetes? featured image

Heart Health

A Chia Pet for diabetes?

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

Exercise & Fitness

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

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

Heart Health

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

Explosion in diabetes isn’t inevitable featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Explosion in diabetes isn’t inevitable

Medical journals: Stop being so passive featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Medical journals: Stop being so passive

Americans lag on exercise featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Americans lag on exercise

Are drugs lurking in your dietary supplements? featured image

Patrick J. Skerrett

Are drugs lurking in your dietary supplements?

Strong warning on diabetes drug Avandia featured image

Heart Health

Strong warning on diabetes drug Avandia

Is fructose bad for you? featured image

Staying Healthy

Is fructose bad for you?

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