Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise: Should you worry?

The number of sexually transmitted infections reported in the US reached an all-time high last year. Having an STI can raise a person’s risk of getting HIV or having infertility or pregnancy complications, but STIs are preventable and treatable. Knowing the facts about STIs and testing is the first step.

Got children? How to get out the door on time

Having trouble getting younger kids ready to leave home on time in the morning? Try these strategies to motivate them to accomplish morning-routine tasks.

How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Talking to a child about a loved one’s illness is not easy, but it’s important to be truthful and not shield a child from the facts. While the specifics will depend on the child, thinking through what to say and how to say it will help parents deal with the situation.

Will a purpose-driven life help you live longer?

A study found that people who felt they had purpose in life were more likely to live longer than those who did not. Having a life purpose might lessen stress and inspire people to invest in their health. Wishing for purpose? A few strategies may help.

How to foster independence in children

If you’re a parent, part of your role is to prepare your children for adult life by teaching and otherwise encouraging independence. But how does one start to do this?

Which is better for reading to your toddler: Print or ebooks?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

When reading to a young child, does it matter whether the book is a physical book or in some electronic form? One small study did detect a difference.

Bisexuality and health: The cost of invisibility

People who identify as bisexual represent a substantial part of the population, yet research focusing on their health lags. Which health problems are more likely to occur in people who are bisexual and what might help to counter them?

Hope and caution during infertility treatment

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Managing hope is a major challenge during fertility treatment. Sometimes people wonder whether being positive or hopeful affects outcomes. Yet balancing optimism and caution isn’t simple and is for each individual to decide.

What donor offspring seek when they do DNA testing

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Readily available DNA testing unexpectedly changed some family trees. But people who grew up knowing –– or recently learned –– they were donor-conceived may have differing reasons for wanting to better understand their personal stories.

A new drug for low sexual desire in women: Bremelanotide

Toni Golen, MD


The FDA approved a new medication that may help some women experiencing low sexual desire, but there are restrictions on who can take it, and side effects to consider.