Harvard Health Blog
Even with all the attention given to the opioid epidemic, it may still be a surprise to some people that prescription pain medication is not always necessary after a surgical procedure. Talking with your doctor about post-surgical pain management will help you understand what to expect.
Researchers found that frequent consumers of French fries don’t live as long as those who eat them less often, but as is often the case, the conclusion only tells part of the story. Are French fries really a “death food”? Not necessarily, and probably not.
The number of measles cases in the US in 2018 more than tripled over those in 2017, and early numbers for this year suggest a continued surge. It’s important for everyone, but especially parents, to know about the virus, its potential complications, and the facts about the vaccine.
Cancer treatments –– and some cancers –– can affect fertility in both women and men. Variables include age at diagnosis, type of cancer, and type of treatment. If you’re wondering about options for preserving fertility, discuss this with your treatment team.
A study of two million people receiving cancer treatment found that those who chose a complementary treatment along with conventional treatment had less successful outcomes (did not live as long).
For those looking to improve their diet or lose weight, keeping a food diary is a useful tool. Recording information for at least a week will help people identify habits and patterns that will help them set realistic goals.
We are in the midst of an active flu season, so if you think your child may have the flu, following this advice will help you and your family get through it a little more easily.
Women who have experienced sexual violence or trauma are more likely to have anxiety about medical visits, particularly seeing a gynecologist and receiving a pelvic exam. Open communication in both directions is crucial for women to feel safe during these visits.
Men weighing treatment options for intermediate- or high-risk cancer that is still localized to the prostate can face a tricky question. A standard approach in these cases is to give radiation to the prostate along with drugs that block testosterone, a hormone that makes the cancer cells grow faster. For how long should this hormone […]
As researchers seek new ways to treat addiction as well as ways to prevent it, they are also trying to determine why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. One such avenue of research involves the interactions of genetic and environmental factors in the brain’s reward system.