Health

A more precise approach to fighting cancer

Matthew Solan
Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Precision medicine is an approach to fighting certain types of cancer that considers a person’s family history, environment, and health habits, along with genetic testing, to predict which medication will provide the most effective treatment.

Navigating the holidays in recovery

Peter Grinspoon, MD
Peter Grinspoon, MD, Contributing Editor

While the holiday season is a time of festivities and reconnecting with family, for people in recovery from substance use disorders, these specific situations and events can be especially stressful. For them it’s crucial to plan ahead and to make sure recovery remains the priority at all times.

Are you getting the most out of your high-deductible health plan?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

One way to manage healthcare costs is to choose a health plan with a higher deductible, but it’s important to understand that such plans don’t make sense for everyone, and that sometimes the cost of a service or procedure can be negotiated.

Keeping children safe this holiday season

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The best holiday is one that’s free of any unexpected injuries or illnesses. Taking some simple precautions can help you and your family have a safe and fun holiday season.

Avoiding holiday excess (and what to do if you overdo it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

During the holiday season it’s easy to indulge in too much rich food or alcohol (or both), but some strategic planning ahead of your temptation-filled events can keep you feeling good. And if you’ve already had too much, there are things you can do to feel better quickly.

Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer?

Emily S. Ruiz, MD, MPH
Emily S. Ruiz, MD, MPH, Contributor

An analysis of studies found an association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of certain skin cancers, but there is no solid evidence of a direct connection.

What to do for stubborn low back pain

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

How does a doctor treat her own back pain? By following the same advice she gives her patients: alternating ice and heat, doing core exercises, applying topical remedies, and taking over-the-counter medication only if other therapies are not effective.

Can shoveling snow put your heart at risk?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Based on data from over three decades of Canadian hospital admissions, there is evidence to suggest that men who are at high risk of heart disease, or who already have it, should avoid shoveling snow.

More than half of today’s children will be obese adults

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As new research shows that children who are obese are likely to remain so throughout their lives, emphasizing healthy eating and regular physical activity becomes even more important.

Can an online game really improve blood sugar control for people with diabetes?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Participation in an online game could lead to better control of blood sugar in people with poorly controlled diabetes, according to newly published research.