Health

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.

Rethinking the screening mammogram

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

An analysis of women receiving a routine screening mammogram suggests that the benefits of this testing are not as significant as previously believed. However, a woman’s decision to get tested or not depends on many factors and it is worth a conversation with her doctor about the risks and benefits of screening.

Losing weight: Mindfulness may help

Losing weight is inevitably a challenging experience, but using mindfulness techniques can help people understand the emotional motivations behind food cravings and learn how to cope with them.

Teens are getting less sleep, which raises heart disease risk

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Teens are getting less sleep than ever. This leaves them prone to conditions like high blood pressure and insulin resistance which increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes later on.

Probiotics for bipolar disorder mania

There is growing evidence that mood disorders may be linked to inflammation and the bacteria in our digestive tracts, so researchers wanted to see if a probiotic compound could help patients with bipolar disorder who had been hospitalized for mania avoid relapse and rehospitalization.

Physician burnout can affect your health

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

The problem of physician burnout is growing and more than half of US doctors are experiencing (experience?) some symptom of burnout. Aside from the personal toll on their own lives, burned-out doctors may be compromising patient care in a variety of ways.