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5 tips for the farmers market

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Shopping at a local farmers market can be a great way to add high-quality produce to your meals. But it’s easy to overspend at a farmers market, and some people don’t know what they should buy; following these tips will help you plan your visit.

Aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?

While taking aspirin daily to prevent a second heart attack or stroke is well established, the results of a new study showed that taking a daily aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, in people without any known disease already, did not provide a significant benefit.

Alcohol and your health: Is none better than a little?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As researchers continue attempting to determine whether there is an amount of alcohol consumption that offers some health benefits, or whether that amount is none, the results of recent studies indicate that the answers are complicated, and subject to different interpretations.

School refusal: When a child won’t go to school

The adjustment from summer vacation back to the structure and demands of the school year affects many students, but some experience so much anxiety that they avoid going to school. Understanding the reasons for school refusal can help parents identify problems and act quickly.

Is tight blood sugar control right for older adults with diabetes?

Medha Munshi, MD


Diabetes is a condition in which both high and low glucose levels are harmful to the body. In older individuals with multiple risk factors for hypoglycemia, the goal should be the best blood sugar control that can be achieved without putting the individual at risk for dangerously low blood sugar.

Writing as an antidote to loneliness

Because social connections are vital to human development and health, and writing is a way to form or strengthen a sense of connection to others, the creative expression of writing has been found to improve health and boost healthy emotions.

What’s a healthy breakfast?

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s more than okay to skip the early-morning breakfast, but no matter what time of day you break your overnight fast, make your first meal a healthy one that won’t cause your blood sugar to spike.

Orthorexia: The extreme quest for a healthy diet

The goal of eating the healthiest possible diet is wise and admirable, but this pursuit can sometimes become an unhealthy fixation on healthy eating called orthorexia, which can lead to anxiety and social isolation.

Naps: Make the most of them and know when to stop them

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As babies become toddlers, when they need to nap and for how long evolves, so parents and caregivers need to know how to handle the changes, as well as how to know when naps are no longer needed.

Preterm birth and heart disease risk for mom

A study found that women who delivered a baby before the 37th week of their pregnancy were more likely to have their blood pressure rise later, but preterm birth or other pregnancy complication does not mean that future cardiovascular disease is a given.