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Harvard Health Blog
Read the latest posts from experts at Harvard Health Publishing covering a variety of health topics and perspectives on medical news.
Aspirin and bone health: Is there a connection?
Aspirin has many proven benefits and some research has linked its use to a lower risk for fractures after falls. Now, a more rigorous study finds a daily dose offers no added protection from serious falls and fractures compared with placebo.
Don’t want to go to bed? Dealing with bedtime procrastination
Bedtime procrastination often interferes with getting sufficient quality sleep, which is a pillar of good health. If you are guilty of staying up too late, there are things you can do to try to change your behavior.
Does cannabis actually relieve pain — or is something else going on?
Treating pain is the most common reason offered by the millions of Americans who use products that contain cannabinoids. However, there’s good evidence that a placebo provides very similar pain relief. But why?
Jump-start a healthier New Year with four holiday eating tips
The holiday season is full of parties, gatherings, food, and drink — making it an ideal time to adopt healthier eating habits. Doing so can help you manage stress and avoid overeating, and will set you up for success in the new year.
Sibling rivalry is normal — but is it helpful or harmful?
Sibling rivalry is a remarkably normal feature of family life, but too much squabbling and competition can be hurtful, and can have lasting effects on children. What can parents do to manage this when it happens in their family?
Prostate cancer: How long should hormonal therapy last?
Hormonal therapy is a cornerstone of prostate cancer treatment, but it has burdensome side effects. Doctors and patients alike are highly motivated to use this therapy only for as long as necessary. But how long is long enough? A recent study provides needed clarity.
Genes protective during the Black Death may now be increasing autoimmune disorders
Genes that helped people survive during the time of the Black Death are more likely to be found in people with autoimmune diseases alive today. Does this tell scientists anything about what surviving the COVID-19 pandemic might mean for the world’s population?
Does weight loss surgery relieve pain?
Weight-loss surgery has many proven benefits. Now, data from a study of people who had bariatric surgery and were followed for several years suggests that it also improves pain and physical function.
Have you done your crossword puzzle today?
A study found that people with mild cognitive impairment who did crossword puzzles regularly showed modest improvement in cognition and less brain shrinkage. Will doing crossword puzzles be helpful to people whose thinking and memory are normal?
Concerned about your child’s development?
Social media and apps about babies and children can fuel worries about a child's development. It's important to remember that every child is different and may move through stages of development at varying paces.
What’s the right way to brush your teeth?
When you brush your teeth, how much thought do you give to what you’re doing? Regular brushing keeps plaque from forming on your teeth and gums healthy, but you do need a good toothbrush and proper brushing technique.
Want to stay healthy over the holidays?
Another holiday season is here, and this year we need to contend with other viruses besides COVID-19. Three Harvard experts share their thoughts on the best ways to keep ourselves and our family members healthy as we celebrate holidays together.
How to help your preschooler sleep alone
Many parents face the challenge of getting their child to move from sleeping in bed with them to sleeping in their own bed. Changing this habit takes time; being practical and consistent about it helps.
New guidelines on opioids for pain relief: What you need to know
The CDC’s 2016 guidelines for prescribing opioid medications aimed to reduce deaths from overdose. Recent revisions to these guidelines aim for refinement while emphasizing safety and the importance of finding the best treatment solution for each person.
Should you get an over-the-counter hearing aid?
New regulations allow Americans to buy hearing aids over the counter, without requiring a hearing test. These devices will cost less and can only treat mild to moderate hearing loss––will they be right for you?
Shortage of ADHD medicines: Advice on coping if you are affected
The prescription drug Adderall has been in short supply for months. How widespread is this problem, and what are the consequences, and possible solutions, for adults who rely on this medication to manage ADHD?
When replenishing fluids, does milk beat water?
An ad campaign sponsored by the milk industry claims that milk is better than water for hydration. A few studies appear to support the claim, but they involved a small number of subjects and have important limitations.
Respiratory health harms often follow flooding: Taking these steps can help
Flooding due to major storms or heavy rains can harm lung health, both from toxic contaminants that end up in the air and from the growth of mold caused by dampness. Taking steps to prevent flooding when possible and moving quickly to reduce health risks if flooding occurs can help protect your family’s health.
Break free from 3 self-sabotaging ANTs — automatic negative thoughts
Automatic negative thoughts are reactions that compel people to interpret many situations in unbalanced, upsetting ways. But with practice, people can learn to recognize and disarm distorted thinking.
Prostate cancer: Zapping metastatic tumors with radiation improves survival
When prostate cancer spreads beyond the gland, it has been treated with hormone therapy, but there are challenging side effects. A new study shows that a different treatment option involving radiation can allow some men to delay or avoid hormone therapy.
Can a multivitamin keep your brain healthy?
A recent study found that older adults who took a multivitamin daily for three years had improved scores on tests of executive function, memory, and overall brain function, but the study wasn’t large enough, long enough, or diverse enough to rely on its conclusions alone.
Trying to lower stubbornly high LDL cholesterol?
Elevated LDL cholesterol contributes to cardiovascular disease. Taking statin drugs can substantially lower this risk. But what if a person’s LDL level remains too high on their maximally tolerated dose? An expert consensus report lays out a clear path for next steps.
Weighing the new approaches to treating Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
In recent years, treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease have expanded rapidly, with new types of drugs, new medications within existing classes, and new combinations of treatments for some patients.
Light therapy: Not just for seasonal depression?
Light therapy can help improve seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But many people don’t realize that it can also be effective for major depression, and depression that occurs during or after pregnancy (known as perinatal depression).
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