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Calm for the holidays

Francesca Coltrera

Senior Content Writer, Harvard Health Publishing

If the frenzied holiday season is stressing you out, try these tips to ease stress and boost calm. Even if you’re pressed for time, you’ll feel better.

Gut feelings: How food affects your mood

Uma Naidoo, MD

Contributor

Besides causing inflammation and disease, more heavily processed foods can contribute to depression and anxiety through the connection between the gut and the brain. A healthier diet that favors whole foods over processed foods may offer protection against depression.

Creating recovery-friendly workplaces

Nearly three-quarters of employers say they have been affected by prescription drug misuse among their employees, resulting in lost productivity. Ideas like bringing treatment, counseling, and peer support groups to worksites can help employees feel more valued and invested in their own recovery efforts.

Coping with infertility during the holidays: Darkness and light

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Coping with infertility during the holidays can be hard. Here are some ideas that may help ease the emotional challenges of the season.

Safe and effective use of insulin requires proper storage

Elena Toschi, MD

Contributor

If you have been prescribed insulin for diabetes, it’s important to properly store and care for the medication and associated supplies to ensure it remains safe and effective. These guidelines will help you do that.

Navigating tricky relationships during the holidays

Do you have a challenging relationship with certain family or friends you see during the holidays? Here’s how to navigate tricky situations and conversations thoughtfully and calmly.

Giving babies and toddlers antibiotics can increase the risk of obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Antibiotics are crucial tools in fighting illnesses, but over-reliance on them can have serious consequences. A new study found that babies who were given antibiotics in their first two years were significantly more likely to become obese.

Eat more plants, fewer animals

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Research has made it clear that eating a lot of red meat and processed meats increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes. A diet that is mainly plant-based is better for overall health, and it does not mean you have to give up meat entirely.

Picking your skin? Learn four tips to break the habit

Millions of Americans are affected by a condition called skin picking disorder that is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help, and there are also certain medications that may help some people; understanding what triggers the urge can help individuals address the issue.

Can a low-carbohydrate diet help keep weight off?

Researchers found that a low-carbohydrate diet helped people who had lost weight to avoid regaining it, but the length of time the participants were studied may not have been sufficient to affirm the results. Still, reducing carbohydrate intake may be a good idea if you are trying to keep off lost weight.