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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Robert H. Shmerling, MD, is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He served for more than two decades as the Robinson Firm Chief in the teaching program of the BIDMC internal medicine residency. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His practice included challenging patients, both in the clinic and the inpatient consultation service. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, rheumatic, and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis and how well diagnostic tests perform in patients with suspected rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a Senior Faculty Editor for Harvard Health Publishing.

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Posts by Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The flu is here — and so is a new advisory from the CDC

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is "man flu" really a thing?

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Are you getting the most out of your high-deductible health plan?

Heart Health

Can shoveling snow put your heart at risk?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can an online game really improve blood sugar control for people with diabetes?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The Couric-Jolie effect: When celebrities share their medical experiences

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Researchers may have discovered a cause of multiple sclerosis

Exercise & Fitness

Activity trackers: Can they really help you get fit?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Genetic testing to predict medication side effects

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good news about the HPV vaccine

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The mysterious rise in knee osteoarthritis

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why does hair turn gray?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s up with hiccups?

Exercise & Fitness

For people with MS, can exercise change the brain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Fish consumption and rheumatoid arthritis: Natural remedy or just another fish tale?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Right brain/left brain, right?

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Your brain on chocolate

Exercise & Fitness

Is it safe to take ibuprofen for the aches and pains of exercise?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Keeping your smartphone nearby may not be so smart

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Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear

Cancer

This just in: Exercise is good for you

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How to get people to eat more vegetables: Change how you describe them

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Here’s something completely different for low back pain