Archive for January, 2019

Why keep a food diary?

For those looking to improve their diet or lose weight, keeping a food diary is a useful tool. Recording information for at least a week will help people identify habits and patterns that will help them set realistic goals.

What to do if you think your child has the flu

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

We are in the midst of an active flu season, so if you think your child may have the flu, following this advice will help you and your family get through it a little more easily.

When a pelvic exam is traumatic

Huma Farid, MD


Women who have experienced sexual violence or trauma are more likely to have anxiety about medical visits, particularly seeing a gynecologist and receiving a pelvic exam. Open communication in both directions is crucial for women to feel safe during these visits.

Hormonal therapy for aggressive prostate cancer: How long is enough?

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Men weighing treatment options for intermediate- or high-risk cancer that is still localized to the prostate can face a tricky question. A standard approach in these cases is to give radiation to the prostate along with drugs that block testosterone, a hormone that makes the cancer cells grow faster. For how long should this hormone […]

Your genes and addiction

As researchers seek new ways to treat addiction as well as ways to prevent it, they are also trying to determine why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. One such avenue of research involves the interactions of genetic and environmental factors in the brain’s reward system.

Dairy: Health food or health risk?

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Are dairy products good for us, or not? There’s a lot of conflicting information. Dairy products are good sources of calcium, protein, and vitamin D, but choosing lower-fat versions is still probably better for overall health.

Couch potatoes start early: How to get kids moving

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A European study found that children became less active starting as early as 6, and activity declined sharply after age 8. More scheduled lives and more time spent using phones and devices are key reasons for this decline, but there are ways parents can encourage activity.

Post-hospital syndrome: Tips to keep yourself or a loved one healthy after hospitalization

Post-hospital syndrome is a period of vulnerability after a patient is discharged from the hospital that leaves a person at increased risk for rehospitalization. Patients and their loved ones can take steps to minimize or prevent effects of post-hospital syndrome.

Immunotherapy: What you need to know

Immunotherapy has emerged as a viable treatment option for some advanced cancers. People considering it — and even people who have had it — have many questions.

Bad breath: What causes it and what to do about it

Occasional bad breath is common, but persistent and noticeable bad breath (which a person may not be aware of) is likely to be caused by a dental problem such as a gum disease.