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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

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

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is aspirin a wonder drug?

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Men's Health

The health advantages of marriage

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Heart Health

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

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Water, water everywhere

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Staying Healthy

The latest on glucosamine/chondroitin supplements

Just what is pneumonia, anyway? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Just what is pneumonia, anyway?

Staying active at “that time of the month” featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Staying active at “that time of the month”

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What exactly is cupping?

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Exercise & Fitness

The truth behind standing desks

The most important health problems (and why they matter) featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The most important health problems (and why they matter)

Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment?

Tossing flossing? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Tossing flossing?

“Double dipping” your chip: Dangerous or just…icky? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

“Double dipping” your chip: Dangerous or just…icky?

The U.S. longevity gap featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The U.S. longevity gap

What Michelangelo’s hands (can and can’t) tell us about arthritis featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What Michelangelo’s hands (can and can’t) tell us about arthritis

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The times, they are a-changin’ (and bringing new syndromes)

Taking advantage of incidental findings featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Taking advantage of incidental findings

Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Here’s something unexpected: Sunbathers live longer

The truth about tequila and your bones featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The truth about tequila and your bones

Physical therapy after hip replacement: Can rehab happen at home? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Physical therapy after hip replacement: Can rehab happen at home?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Taking your medications as prescribed: Smartphones can help

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Medical news: A case for skepticism

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