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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, and rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis, medical ethics, and diagnostic test performance in rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing.

Twitter: @RobShmerling

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Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

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Men's Health

COVID-19: If you’re older and have chronic health problems, read this

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Men's Health

OK, boomer: You’re not the only one who needs testing for hepatitis C

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Men's Health

Harvard Health Ad Watch: What’s being cleansed in a detox cleanse?

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Are nutritional drinks actually good for you? featured image

Nutrition

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Are nutritional drinks actually good for you?

Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic?

Time to redefine normal body temperature? featured image

Staying Healthy

Time to redefine normal body temperature?

Can stress really make hair (or fur?) turn gray? featured image

Men's Health

Can stress really make hair (or fur?) turn gray?

Hands or feet asleep? What to do featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Hands or feet asleep? What to do

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones?

Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus

Is your cell phone dangerous to your health? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is your cell phone dangerous to your health?

Are polypills and population-based treatment the next big things? featured image

Medications

Are polypills and population-based treatment the next big things?

Harvard Health Ad Watch: When marketing puts your health at risk featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: When marketing puts your health at risk

Why medical research keeps changing its mind featured image

Medical Research

Why medical research keeps changing its mind

A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis

Curcumin for arthritis: Does it really work? featured image

Pain

Curcumin for arthritis: Does it really work?

HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection featured image

Infectious diseases

HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection

Plant-based diets are best… or are they? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Plant-based diets are best… or are they?

If you have migraines, put down your coffee and read this featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

If you have migraines, put down your coffee and read this

Harvard Health Ad Watch: How direct-to-consumer ads hook us featured image

Staying Healthy

Harvard Health Ad Watch: How direct-to-consumer ads hook us

Can vaping damage your lungs? What we do (and don’t) know featured image

Diseases & Conditions

Can vaping damage your lungs? What we do (and don’t) know

Do employee wellness programs actually work? featured image

Staying Healthy

Do employee wellness programs actually work?

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance? featured image

Staying Healthy

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance?

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