Protect yourself from medication mix-ups

Research shows that medication errors can lead to hospitalizations and health problems. People can avoid these problems by understanding what drugs they are taking and why. Clear communication with doctors and pharmacists can further prevent dangerous medication missteps. (Locked) More »

Don’t let the cold put a freeze on your daily workout schedule

Many people skip workouts in the winter because of the chilly weather. But winter can be a great time to get outside and exercise, provided a person dresses warmly and finds the right strategies. It is also a good time to try a new activity or to join a community center or fitness club. (Locked) More »

New ways to manage migraines

Migraine headaches can be painful and debilitating, but there are strategies to get them under control. For people with frequent or severe headaches, there are multiple ways to help prevent migraine and effective medications to halt the pain after one develops. (Locked) More »

Do generic drugs compromise on quality?

You've no doubt seen them in the grocery store — typically drab-looking packages on the bottom shelf containing lower-priced generic versions of popular brand-name products. Some shoppers look at them with skepticism: Are they really as good? Or does cheaper just mean lower quality? Many people have the same questions about generic prescription medications, says Dr. Niteesh K. Choudhry, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Are generic drugs really the same quality, or is it better to spend more for the name-brand version? A Canadian study published in the October 2017 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes revived discussion about the value of those lower-priced alternatives. It found that patients who took generic versions of three different blood pressure medications in the months after the generic drugs became available saw increased rates of drug-related side effects. Study authors said this might suggest performance differences between the brand-name and generic drugs. More »