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A doctor’s recipe for a healthy breakfast

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

Find out a Harvard Medical School doctor’s secret to a quick, budget friendly, and simple healthy breakfast.

The secret to happiness? Here’s some advice from the longest-running study on happiness

Matthew Solan
Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

While it’s true that one’s inclination to happiness is partially inherited, an individual’s choices and behaviors also contribute significantly, and research has found that the happiest people all have certain traits in common.

Why you can’t get a song out of your head and what to do about it

Srini Pillay, MD
Srini Pillay, MD, Contributor

The experience of having an “earworm”—a song that’s stuck in your head—is extremely common. But why do they happen? And how do you get rid of one?

Why parents should use responsive feeding with their babies

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents approach feeding their babies based on signs of hunger and fullness, with the intent of preventing obesity.

The mysterious rise in knee osteoarthritis

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

It’s tempting to attribute the increasing prevalence of osteoarthritis of the knee to more people being obese or overweight, but researchers found that it’s not quite that simple.

Time to rethink the debate on PSA testing

Steven J. Atlas, MD, MPH

The debate about PSA screening for prostate cancer has been going on for decades, and research has been similarly divided. For most men, the best advice is to talk with your doctor so the benefits and risks of the test are clear.

Diabetes: Adding lifestyle changes to medication can deliver a knockout punch

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

Plenty of research supports the common-sense notion that a healthy lifestyle can prevent or treat many diseases. A diet high in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and plant protein and low in processed carbs, added sugars, saturated fats; regular physical activity; and emotional well-being are the potent treatments that can prevent the need for or even […]

Flu shots during pregnancy

Andrea Chisholm, MD
Andrea Chisholm, MD, Contributor

A recent small study linked the flu shot during pregnancy with an increased risk for miscarriage. However it did not establish that the flu shot causes miscarriage. Despite these results, pregnant women should be reassured that the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh any potential risk.

4 ways to help your child get enough sleep

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

Because sleep is so crucial to children’s development, parents need to be firm about bedtimes. Making sure your child gets enough sleep means establishing a routine and sticking to it, and setting limits on certain behavior and activity.

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee

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

Coffee used to be criticized for contributing to a number of health problems, but time and research have disproved most of those beliefs. Now coffee is considered healthy, but as with so many things, moderation is important.