Archive for October, 2018

Q&A with Dr. Daniel Rukstalis on prostatic urethral lift for enlarged prostates

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

A new procedure that relieves symptoms without causing sexual side effects As men get older, their prostates often get bigger and block the flow of urine out of the bladder. This condition, which is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, causes bothersome symptoms. Since men can’t fully empty their bladders, they experience sudden and frequent urges to […]

What is keto flu?

People who switch to a ketogenic diet in order to lose weight sometimes experience symptoms including fatigue, nausea, and irritability–keto flu–that appear to be connected to the change in diet, though the exact reason why is unknown.

Self-care for the caregiver

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Contributing Editor

The challenges of caregiving can easily lead to burnout. If you are a caregiver it’s extremely important to pay attention to your needs and make sure you care for yourself physically and emotionally.

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.

The real link between breastfeeding and preventing obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Research into the connection between breastfeeding and obesity in children found that babies who got milk directly from the mother’s breast for the first three months of life had the lowest risk of becoming obese, because they are less likely to overfeed.

Trauma-informed care: What it is, and why it’s important

Because medical exams are invasive, and because many people have experienced some form of trauma and may be uncomfortable with aspects of the exam, healthcare providers should approach care with consideration for what patients may have experienced.

More water, fewer UTIs?

Huma Farid, MD


Many women have urinary tract infections (UTIs), but researchers found that when women with recurring UTIs drank significantly more water each day, their frequency of infection was cut in half.

Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior 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


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.