Working through workplace stigma: Coming back after an addiction

Peter Grinspoon, MD
Peter Grinspoon, MD, Contributing Editor

For many people, the most significant challenge when returning to the workplace after treatment for a substance use disorder is overcoming the doubts that coworkers may have about working with an addict. But doubt may weigh just as heavily on the person returning to work.

Is “man flu” really a thing?

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

The concept of “man flu” sounds like a joke or a ploy for sympathy, but men and women do experience other diseases and conditions differently, and there is some evidence that this is also true of the influenza virus.

Comparing medications to treat opioid use disorder

Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative

While there are two medications used to treat opioid use disorder that can be prescribed on an outpatient basis, a study comparing them found interesting differences in treatment results.

Frozen (the cold will bother you…)

Wynne Armand, MD
Wynne Armand, MD, Contributing Editor

When it’s really cold and windy, frostbite can set in more quickly than you might think. But it’s also easy to take the right precautions to protect yourself and your family during outdoor activities this winter.

3 New Year’s resolutions all families can (and should) make

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

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for grownups. Taking small steps toward a healthier, more connected life as a family can be fun and help lay the foundation for a lifetime of wellness.

Returning to an old exercise routine? Here’s what you need to know

Heidi Godman
Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

If you are interested in returning to a workout routine after being away from it for an extended period of time, it’s very easy to injure yourself. In order to avoid this, get your doctor’s approval and gear your activity to your current level of fitness.

Should you ever not listen to your doctor?

Steve Calechman
Steve Calechman, Contributor

When you visit your primary care doctor, you should feel that the advice and recommendations you receive are specific to your personal circumstances. If you think your doctor is not paying enough attention to you as an individual, your doctor-patient relationship may need a checkup.

Preventing overdose deaths is not one-size-fits-all

Scott Weiner, MD
Scott Weiner, MD, Contributor

An analysis of overdose deaths in the United States from 2000 to 2015 showed differences in death rates between racial and ethnic groups, and serves as a reminder that different parts of the population have been affected by the opioid epidemic in different ways, and treatment initiatives should reflect these variables.

To exercise more, get your game on

Julie Corliss
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Adding elements of competition and team involvement to fitness activities can make them more enjoyable, and can make people more likely to meet their exercise goals.

Answer these 5 questions to help make your New Year’s resolutions stick

Marcelo Campos, MD
Marcelo Campos, MD, Contributor

If you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you need to approach them as a process of behavior change, make your goals realistic, and have a specific plan for how you will reach them.