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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

Here’s something completely different for low back pain

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why coffee might ease your pain (especially if you’re a sleepy mouse)

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Could artificial sweeteners be bad for your brain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Safe summer grilling tips

Staying Healthy

3 reasons to leave earwax alone

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Diet not working? Maybe it’s not your type

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Diet not working? Maybe its not your type

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Have kids, live longer?

Cancer

The problem with tanning (and the myth of the base tan)

Heart Health

Eat better, live longer

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Can you virtually improve your knee pain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Some medications don’t help back pain as much as we thought

Exercise & Fitness

The underappreciated health benefits of being a weekend warrior

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Confessions of a breakfast skipper

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Does your doctor’s gender matter?

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The data are in: Eat right, reduce your risk of diabetes

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Is aspirin a wonder drug?

Men's Health

The health advantages of marriage

Heart Health

Anti-inflammatory medications and the risk for cardiovascular disease: A new study, a new perspective

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Water, water everywhere

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The latest on glucosamine/chondroitin supplements

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Just what is pneumonia, anyway?

Exercise & Fitness

Staying active at “that time of the month”

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What exactly is cupping?