Recent Blog Articles
Can physical or cognitive activity prevent dementia?
Wondering how much your medical care will cost? New rules could help
Long-lasting healthy changes: Doable and worthwhile
The sore throat checklist: What parents need to know
A new treatment for obesity
Remember the flu? Yep, it's that time again
3 ways to build brain-boosting social connections
Grandparenting: Ready to move for family?
Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you’re breastfeeding?
Ban on harmful pesticide: What parents need to know
Harvard Health Blog
Read the latest posts from experts at Harvard Health Publishing covering a variety of health topics and perspectives on medical news.
Be vigilant about bug spray
Published August 7, 2020
It’s likely people are trying to spend more time outside this summer, whether to avoid indoor situations where COVID-19 may spread or just for enjoyment. But the threat from illnesses spread by ticks and mosquitoes hasn’t changed, so knowing basic information about insect repellent, and using it the right way, will help people protect themselves.
Children, teens, and the safety of psychotropic medicines
Published August 6, 2020
While many children and teens are prescribed psychotropic medicines to treat conditions like depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a comprehensive look at safety data has been lacking. A recent review of multiple studies synthesizes evidence on the side effect profiles of many widely used medicines.
Rising temperatures: How to avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths
Updated August 5, 2020
School, camp, daycare, and sports physicals: What to do in the time of COVID-19
Published August 4, 2020
Summer activities are underway and some schools will be reopening come September. Does your child need a physical exam, or a form from the pediatrician? Here’s how to think through the options for fulfilling these requirements.
Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are
Updated October 2, 2020
Lifestyle changes are important for managing atrial fibrillation
Published July 31, 2020
Many lifestyle factors can influence the development of atrial fibrillation, and doctors now better understand the importance of these factors in treating afib. Those who are at risk of developing afib can take action to improve their health, and in some cases they may be able to reduce their symptoms.
Can appealing to teenagers’ vanity improve sun-protective behaviors?
Published July 30, 2020
Most people understand the risks of sun exposure, even if they do not regularly wear sunscreen, but getting younger people to pay attention to this concern can be difficult. A study chose a novel approach to this problem by appealing to teenagers’ vanity and focus on their appearance.
I can’t tolerate CPAP, what can I do?
Published July 29, 2020
Many people with sleep apnea find that a CPAP machine helps them, but others struggle and have difficulty using a CPAP machine. There are many reasons this could be happening, and it’s important for people to work with their doctor to troubleshoot and try adjustments that can make using the machine easier and more effective.
Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible
Published July 28, 2020
By now people understand the measures intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus, yet people with certain conditions may not be able to follow these guidelines. Here are some suggestions that may help.
The lowdown on the low-FODMAP diet
Updated July 30, 2020
Youth sports during COVID-19: What parents need to know and do
Published July 24, 2020
Playing youth sports is a great way for children to be active and learn important socialization skills, but the risks of COVID-19 mean parents with children who participate in sports must consider a number of factors when deciding whether to play.
Does air pollution cause Alzheimer’s disease?
Published July 23, 2020
It has been known for some time that air pollution causes heart and lung diseases. Now, results from three different studies on populations in different parts of the world show an association between higher levels of air pollution and greater risk of cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Healthy headphone use: How loud and how long?
Published July 22, 2020
Headphones and earbuds are nearly ubiquitous, but how often do people think about whether or not they are using them safely? Knowing about safe listening levels and safe length of listening time will help people protect themselves while using their listening devices.
Vaccines for COVID-19 moving closer
Updated December 9, 2020
How can I know if my penicillin allergy is real?
Published July 20, 2020
People who are allergic to penicillin are often given less effective medications that can make them more susceptible to infections, but many people who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not. New techniques are allowing medical providers to assess whether or not a person has a true penicillin allergy.
Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters
Updated October 2, 2020
Gender differences in cardiovascular disease: Women are less likely to be prescribed certain heart medications
Updated October 15, 2020
Envisioning food security: Steps we take now can help
Published July 15, 2020
Along with historically high unemployment rates, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant increase in food insecurity for millions of Americans, and this problem disproportionately affects lower-income people and racial and ethnic minorities. Temporary measures have helped a bit to ease the situation, and new proposals could do more.
How risky is using a public bathroom during the pandemic?
Updated August 24, 2020
A new hormonal therapy for prostate cancer is under expedited FDA review
Published July 13, 2020
In June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an accelerated review of a promising new drug for advanced prostate cancer. Called relugolix, it suppresses testosterone and other hormones that speed the cancer’s growth. If approved, this new type of hormonal therapy is expected to set a new standard of care for the disease. […]
Tinted sunscreens: Benefits beyond an attractive glow
Published July 13, 2020
Tinted sunscreens offer all the benefits of traditional sun protection products, plus they have added pigments that give them the ability to block visible light, which can also be harmful to the skin.
Can a daily pill lighten heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids?
Updated July 13, 2020
Epinephrine is the only effective treatment for anaphylaxis
Published July 9, 2020
Many people have experienced mild allergic reactions to a food, medication, or other allergen, but a severe reaction can be harmful or even fatal. Anaphylaxis must be treated with epinephrine as quickly as possible, followed by a visit to a hospital emergency room for observation.
How to make the most of your child’s telehealth visit
Published July 8, 2020
Telehealth visits are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, and this includes children seeing their pediatricians. Parents can take steps before and during their child’s “exam” to help things go more smoothly and get the most out of the time with the doctor.