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Naps: Make the most of them and know when to stop them

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As babies become toddlers, when they need to nap and for how long evolves, so parents and caregivers need to know how to handle the changes, as well as how to know when naps are no longer needed.

Preterm birth and heart disease risk for mom

A study found that women who delivered a baby before the 37th week of their pregnancy were more likely to have their blood pressure rise later, but preterm birth or other pregnancy complication does not mean that future cardiovascular disease is a given.

Tired? 4 simple ways to boost energy

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

If you find yourself feeling like you are tired and lack energy, your body may be trying to tell you that you should make some changes to your health habits.

Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t smoke marijuana

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The number of pregnant women who use marijuana has risen in recent years, but the effects of THC on a child’s developing brain make it much safer for women to avoid marijuana use entirely during pregnancy and while nursing.

Healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes (and even reverse it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Twenty years of medical research confirms that it is possible to prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity. For some people diabetes medications can also help, and in fact medication and lifestyle changes work especially well together.

Understanding and improving core strength

Lauren Elson, MD

Contributor

Learning to find your core, and finding the right exercises to increase your core strength, is valuable at any age, but especially as you get older, a strong ore can help prevent injuries and maintain independence.

Barbecue better for Labor Day

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, when many of us enjoy a long weekend with friends and family and toast the season with a backyard barbecue. The traditional meat-heavy barbecue menu can be hazardous to your health, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the most popular barbecue foods are well-known to […]

10 superfoods to boost a healthy diet

Healthy eating patterns have been shown to provide significant health benefits and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Certain “superfoods” are rich in important nutrients and will bolster your efforts to eat a healthier diet.

Travel tips: What you need to know before, during, and after you go abroad

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

Getting ready for a big trip abroad can be a lot of work, especially for people with health concerns. Some simple travel tips can help you plan ahead and take prudent precautions while away and help you avoid unexpected health issues.

Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient in cannabis that is derived directly from the hemp plant, but it does not cause a high and is not addictive. CBD is drawing attention because it has been shown to be effective in helping people treat conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety.