Archive for 2018

5 things that can help you take a pass on kidney stones

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

If you’ve ever passed a kidney stone, you’ll probably do anything to avoid doing having to go through that again. There are some simple things you can do to help you sidestep the misery of a kidney stone altogether, or at least lower the chances of getting another one.

Inducing labor: A way to avoid a cesarean?

Toni Golen, MD


A study comparing the health of babies delivered by induced labor with those delivered when labor occurred spontaneously also found that the chance of cesarean delivery was lower among the women whose labor was induced.

Scary news about childhood obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

With recent data showing that childhood obesity is getting worse, here is some advice for parents on what can be done to help children avoid obesity or get to a healthier weight.

CGRP: A new era for migraine treatment

A new type of medication for migraine headaches is currently being reviewed by the FDA, and if approved may provide safe, long-lasting relief for many by blocking the activation of a molecule involved in the pain process.

6 simple things that can help lower your blood pressure

With the recent updating of blood pressure guidelines, many people have found themselves in a higher-risk category. But making some small lifestyle changes can help get blood pressure down to a healthier level.

Knowing when to screen… and when to quit

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Medical screening tests can help detect problems before they become hard to treat. Many screening tests are recommended for adults or when a person has certain risk factors. But when should screening stop? A new study examines this issue for colonoscopies.

Is adrenal fatigue “real”?

Fatigue and low energy are common reasons patients seek help from a doctor. It is often challenging to come up with a diagnosis, as many medical problems can cause fatigue. One potential theory links stress to adrenal exhaustion as a potential cause of this lack of energy, but is “adrenal fatigue” a real disease?

4 tips for raising well-behaved children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

One of the biggest challenges a parent faces is raising a child who is consistently well behaved. Children have varying temperaments, but these suggestions can help guide parents in their efforts.

Active mind/body, healthy mind/body

Getting regular exercise is one of the best actions you can take to improve or maintain your overall health. Fitting exercise into your life is not as difficult as it might seem, but it does require some planning.

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.