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Will blue light from electronic devices increase my risk of macular degeneration and blindness?

Many people have expressed concern about potential harm to the eyes from blue light emitted by the screens of our electronic devices. Risks to the eyes from exposure to this light are negligible, but blue light may have other effects on our health.

Lead exposure and heart disease

The harm that lead can cause young children has been known for decades, but there is growing evidence that lead in the blood may raise the risk of heart disease in adults.

Discontinuation syndrome and antidepressants

If you feel ready to stop taking an antidepressant, tapering off slowly with advice from your doctor may help you avoid uncomfortable symptoms called discontinuation syndrome.

Addressing weight bias in medicine

While there is growing awareness of the complex nature of obesity, many people still experience implicit or overt bias from their doctors and other health care providers. Understanding how this affects the health of people with obesity is a step toward eliminating it.

Infertility: Other people’s pregnancies

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

One challenge for people with fertility issues is navigating other people’s pregnancies. Support and coping strategies can help maintain relationships.

Vulvar health: Navigating the nether regions

Huma Farid, MD

Contributor

Many women feel uncomfortable talking about health issues or concerns relating to the vulva or vagina. This brief primer on vulvar health can help.

Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Though only a small percentage of the population has gout, that number is on the rise. While dietary choices have long been believed to be a major cause of gout, a new study found that genetic factors matter much more.

Safer surgery: Steps you can take

Millions of Americans have elective surgeries like knee or hip replacements. When choosing a surgeon or procedure, follow these steps to make surgery safer.

A silver lining for migraine sufferers?

Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor

A recent study suggests that having migraine headaches may be connected to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, though the specific reason for this connection remains unknown.

African American men respond better to treatments for advanced prostate cancer in clinical trials

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Racial differences have long been evident in prostate cancer statistics. In particular, African American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer more often than white men, and they’re also nearly twice as likely to die of the disease. But new research also shows that African American men who receive the most advanced treatments for late-stage prostate […]