Editor's note

The editor in chief of the Harvard Health Letter introduces this year's edition of a special issue comprised entirely of "By the way, doctor" letters from readers. (Locked) More »

By the way, doctor: Diabetes treatment

I've had type 2 diabetes for 12 years; I'm now 81. I take metformin plus Januvia. My doctor has never suggested that I monitor myself with a meter. My hemoglobin A1c has been creeping up and is now 7. Should I be getting more aggressive in my treatment? (Locked) More »

By the way, doctor: Hammertoe woes

I have been told by a podiatrist that because of hammertoes, the fat pads on the ball of my foot have dissipated, causing pain when I walk or stand for long periods. I like to walk for exercise so this is a real bother. (Locked) More »

By the way, doctor: Tremors

I am curious about tremors in adults. I know that people with Parkinson's disease get them, but I am not sure about other conditions. (Locked) More »

By the way, doctor: Ginkgo biloba and dementia

You published an article saying that ginkgo biloba might slow down dementia. I was 59, and I started taking it. I think it has helped me and know others who think likewise. But I read that a recent study says it doesn't help. Your thoughts? (Locked) More »