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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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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Apple cider vinegar diet: Does it really work?

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Cryotherapy: Can it stop your pain cold?

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Celebrities get shingles, too

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Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication?

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Heart Health

Where do you stand on bystander CPR?

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Why it’s so hard to lose excess weight and keep it off: The Biggest Losers’ experience

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Cancer

Knowing when to screen… and when to quit

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Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Vaccinations: More than just kid stuff

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10 things you can do for your pet when it’s cold outside

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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Is "man flu" really a thing?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Can shoveling snow put your heart at risk? featured image

Heart Health

Can shoveling snow put your heart at risk?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Researchers may have discovered a cause of multiple sclerosis

Activity trackers: Can they really help you get fit? featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Activity trackers: Can they really help you get fit?

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Genetic testing to predict medication side effects

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good news about the HPV vaccine

The mysterious rise in knee osteoarthritis featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The mysterious rise in knee osteoarthritis

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why does hair turn gray?

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What’s up with hiccups?

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