Health

T-ball: The ups and downs, and why it can be worthwhile

Steve Calechman

Contributor

Parents may question whether T-ball is worth their child’s time, but there is definite value in spending time outside, being active, and learning about teamwork. However, this activity, or any other, will only be meaningful if the child wants to do it.

Art therapy: Another way to help manage pain

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Art therapy can be an effective tool in the treatment and management of pain when used as an adjunct to medication. Taking the brain’s focus away from pain improves mood and helps people regain control of their lives.

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

An observational study found that people diagnosed with stress-related disorders were more likely to develop an autoimmune disease, but was unable to provide proof of a directly causal relationship.

5 habits for moms that help prevent childhood obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It might be surprising to learn that parents can help fight childhood obesity by taking good care of themselves. A new study found that when mothers follow five healthy lifestyle habits, their kids are much less likely to become obese.

Multigenerational fitness parks

That playground you like to visit with your kids or grandkids may be morphing into a space that is “fun for the whole family” — fitness parks with exercise equipment suitable for people of all ages alongside the more typical child-focused play structures.

Alcohol and heart health

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Moderate alcohol consumption can have a beneficial effect on heart health, but the “moderate” part is the key. One drink a day is recommended as the safest amount that offers a heart-health benefit.

Healthy lifestyle: 5 keys to a longer life

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

You’ve probably heard it over and over, but research continues to show that following five simple healthy lifestyle habits makes a significant difference in life expectancy for both women and men, and the more of them you have, the longer you are likely to live.

How to treat a child’s sunburn

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

No matter how diligent you are about protecting your children from some exposure, sunburns do happen. When it does, follow these instructions to ease the discomfort and treat your child’s sunburn.

4th of July: Holiday or hazard?

As you’re getting ready to celebrate on the 4th of July, be aware that many of the day’s activities (not just fireworks) carry with them a certain amount of risk and require caution.

Intermittent fasting: Surprising update

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

There is good evidence that intermittent fasting can be as effective for weight loss as simply eating less. But many people find it too hard to get through the fasting interval. New research suggests that eating only during a limited part of the day is more manageable and provides significant metabolic benefits.