Archive for October, 2018

Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

News reports that Coca-Cola is considering offering a beverage containing cannabis or one of its derivatives were definitely exaggerated, but the “functional wellness” portion of the beverage market is growing, and other companies are considering products containing cannabidiol.

How to feel better about yourself if you are depressed

Srini Pillay, MD

Contributor

Low self-esteem often accompany depression. The reasons for this appear to be rooted in a lack of coordination between different parts of the brain, creating a distortion in a person’s self-perception.

Navigating back pain treatments: Can a physiatrist help?

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point, but if the pain does not subside within a few weeks of standard treatment, or if chronic pain is an ongoing issue, a physiatrist may be able to provide relief or advise what next steps to take.

Concussion care for children and adolescents: New recommendations

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The ongoing concern about the effects of concussions has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate research and issue concussion recommendations intended to guide parents, coaches, and doctors in concussion care.

Does addiction last a lifetime?

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

In the study of addiction and recovery, the question of whether a person who has an addiction to any substance must avoid all other potentially addictive substances has yet to be definitively answered. Alongside it, some argue that those in recovery may simply substitute one addiction for another.

Healthy, wholesome easy lunches

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It can be hard to get motivated to pack your own lunch (or one for your children), but knowing that a meal brought from home is more likely to contain healthier choices is enough of a push for some people, and knowing it doesn’t have to involve a lot of effort helps too.

Brain science to improve your relationships

Srini Pillay, MD

Contributor

Being aware of the brain’s reactions to other people can help improve all our relationships.

Could household disinfectants be making our children fat?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Not all bacteria are harmful; our digestive tracts contain bacteria that help keep us healthy. Researchers from Canada found that in homes where disinfectant household products were used, children were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 3.

A soaring maternal mortality rate: What does it mean for you?

Since 1990, the maternal mortality rate in the United States, while still relatively low, has risen by 50%. Meanwhile, many other women experience pregnancy-related conditions that cause serious injury, and thousands more struggle with illnesses and a lack of support.

Conflict of interest in medicine

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Disclosing potential concerns regrading conflict of interest is considered essential for the integrity of medical research, but practicing physicians also face ethical issues. Some people think these concerns are not noteworthy or significant, while others expect maximum transparency from those who treat them.