Health

Discontinuation syndrome and antidepressants

If you feel ready to stop taking an antidepressant, tapering off slowly with advice from your doctor may help you avoid uncomfortable symptoms called discontinuation syndrome.

Addressing weight bias in medicine

While there is growing awareness of the complex nature of obesity, many people still experience implicit or overt bias from their doctors and other health care providers. Understanding how this affects the health of people with obesity is a step toward eliminating it.

Vulvar health: Navigating the nether regions

Huma Farid, MD

Contributor

Many women feel uncomfortable talking about health issues or concerns relating to the vulva or vagina. This brief primer on vulvar health can help.

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.