Archive for December, 2019

Infertility: Grandparents in waiting

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Parents of adult children who are struggling with infertility experience complicated feelings, both for what their child is going through and for themselves. Knowing how to deal with these feelings can make the situation easier for everyone involved.

DOACs now recommended over warfarin to prevent blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation

For decades, people with atrial fibrillation were prescribed warfarin to prevent blood clots. But a new type of anticoagulant medication (known as DOACs) that came on the market in 2010 has proven to be at least as effective as warfarin, with fewer side effects and without the need for blood test monitoring.

Weight loss surgery for children and teens struggling with obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If a child is obese by age 12, it’s nearly a certainty that child will be obese as an adult, with all the complications that brings. While some may be uncomfortable with a child or adolescent having bariatric surgery to facilitate weight loss, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it in certain situations.

Lasmiditan: New first-in-class drug treatment approved for migraine

Paul Rizzoli, MD


The first of a new class of medications for the treatment of migraine has been approved by the FDA. Lasmiditan works differently than existing medications, and does not cause blood vessels to narrow (a side effect that makes them unsuitable for those with vascular conditions).

Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise: Should you worry?

The number of sexually transmitted infections reported in the US reached an all-time high last year. Having an STI can raise a person’s risk of getting HIV or having infertility or pregnancy complications, but STIs are preventable and treatable. Knowing the facts about STIs and testing is the first step.

Trouble with crossword puzzles? Improve your semantic memory

Semantic memory is your store of factual knowledge and the meanings of words. It also helps you recall nonverbal concepts and relationships between words and concepts. And while some aspects of memory may decline with age, semantic memory does not.

Medications as effective as stents for most with coronary artery disease

A recent study found that for most people with stable coronary artery disease, a conservative treatment strategy was just as effective as a more invasive approach involving cardiac catheterization and stent placement.

Got children? How to get out the door on time

Having trouble getting younger kids ready to leave home on time in the morning? Try these strategies to motivate them to accomplish morning-routine tasks.

Psoriasis and cancer: What’s the link?

Dominic Wu, MD

Contributing Editor

An analysis of studies found an association between people with psoriasis and an increased risk of developing several types of cancer. While this does not establish a definitive link, psoriasis is a relatively common condition and those who have it should be aware of its implications.

The complicated relationship between fish oil and heart health

The American Heart Association recommends that people with heart disease should take omega-3 fatty acids to prevent another heart attack, but research on taking them to prevent a first heart attack or stroke has been mixed. Will fish oil supplements reduce your risk of heart disease?