Archive for February, 2018

Spinning: Good for the heart and muscles, gentle on joints

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Spinning is a great aerobic exercise that is good for the heart and builds leg muscle while offering a low-impact workout that is easy on the joints, so it can be done by people of all ages.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Hope for stubborn depression

For some people suffering from depression, medications and therapy don’t bring adequate relief. A newer treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) applies powerful magnetic fields to areas of the brain known to be involved in depression. It is well-tolerated and shows promise in helping patients with hard-to-treat depression.

Diet and depression

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Research has shown that what we eat matters for every aspect of our health, including our mental health, and found that a healthy diet was associated with a significantly lower risk of developing symptoms of depression.

Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Do you ever wonder what health questions people research online? We look at the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017 and offer some answers to these questions from hiccups to kidney stones.

Guns are killing our children. It’s time we did something

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The Parkland shooting is a painful reminder that too many lives, including those of children, are taken by gun violence and firearm injuries. We all – parents, policymakers, gun owners — can take action to help prevent these tragedies. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some specific suggestions.

Is red wine actually good for your heart?

The belief that drinking red wine offers some degree of protection from heart disease has persisted for decades, but any evidence in support of this is just observational, without any scientific proof to back it up.

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Scleroderma is a painful, potentially debilitating autoimmune disease without good treatments. A novel approach to treating severe scleroderma using stem-cell transplantation to “reboot” the immune system shows great promise but not without potentially serious side effects.

How to welcome back a colleague who is in recovery

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

If a colleague has been absent from work for treatment of a substance use disorder, that person’s return to work may be awkward or uncomfortable, and coworkers may feel similarly. Empathy, understanding, and a willingness to listen will help returning workers feel welcomed back.

February and the heart: More than Valentine’s Day

February is Heart Month, which is a great time to make a commitment to getting heart healthy. Getting to, and staying at, a healthy weight is important for heart health. These three simple steps can help you eat more healthfully, shed some pounds, and enjoy your food mindfully.

This Valentine’s Day, 14 ways parents can show love for their children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

When children feel loved, it builds confidence and resilience. This Valentine’s day, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests 14 ways to show your kids you love them, including the simple acts like family game night or making a meal together.