Archive for March, 2019

Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Though only a small percentage of the population has gout, that number is on the rise. While dietary choices have long been believed to be a major cause of gout, a new study found that genetic factors matter much more.

Safer surgery: Steps you can take

Millions of Americans have elective surgeries like knee or hip replacements. When choosing a surgeon or procedure, follow these steps to make surgery safer.

A silver lining for migraine sufferers?

Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor

A recent study suggests that having migraine headaches may be connected to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, though the specific reason for this connection remains unknown.

African American men respond better to treatments for advanced prostate cancer in clinical trials

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Racial differences have long been evident in prostate cancer statistics. In particular, African American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer more often than white men, and they’re also nearly twice as likely to die of the disease. But new research also shows that African American men who receive the most advanced treatments for late-stage prostate […]

Preventing depression in pregnancy: New guidelines

First-ever recommendations from US Preventive Services Task Force aim to help women who experience depression during pregnancy or after childbirth.

Cleaner living: Plant-friendly is planet-friendly

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

Food production has an enormous impact on the global ecosystem and contributes to climate change. Making the choice to replace meat with plant-based foods, even in one or two meals a week, is better for you and for the environment.

Cancer treatment: Is a clinical trial right for you?

Some people undergoing cancer treatment may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial of a new drug or therapy. These trials help determine whether a new approach is more effective than standard treatment.

A practical guide to the Mediterranean diet

Making small, gradual changes to your eating habits and patterns is an easy way to incorporate the Mediterranean diet approach into your life.

Over-the-counter cold and flu medicines can affect your heart

Some common over-the-counter medications typically taken for colds and the flu may increase the risk of a cardiovascular event. This increased risk is more likely to occur in people with existing heart disease, and in people who take the medications for an extended period of time.

How to prevent poisonings in children — and what to do if they happen

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Safety precautions can prevent a child from accidentally ingesting or being exposed to poisonous or harmful items in your home, but knowing what to do if something happens can save a life.