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Want to stay healthy over the holidays?

Published November 22, 2022

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.

Respiratory health harms often follow flooding: Taking these steps can help

Published November 9, 2022

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.

How to choose period products

Published October 5, 2022

While period products are often single-use items like tampons and pads, reusable products are gaining in popularity. Deciding which products to use depends on how a person feels about cost, comfort, safety, and environmental impact.

The dirt on soil and water pollution

Published October 1, 2022

Soil and water pollution from heavy metals, pesticides, and microplastics may affect a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. These pollutants can enter the body when people eat crops grown in dirty soil, drink water contaminated by dirty soil, or inhale soil dust. Lead, cadmium, and arsenic are among the most pressing concerns. Potentially helpful actions include testing one’s drinking water, buying organic foods, and minimizing plastic use.

Have a gas stove? How to reduce pollution that may harm health

Published September 7, 2022

Cooking with gas stoves releases nitrogen dioxide and gas appliances introduce other toxic chemicals into homes, but people can take steps to protect their household and help improve outdoor air quality, too.

"Forever" chemicals linked to high blood pressure in women

Published September 1, 2022

High blood levels of synthetic chemicals known as PFAS (some of which are found in much of the nation’s drinking water) have been linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure in middle-aged women.

A refresher on childhood asthma: What families should know and do

Published July 12, 2022

Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children, and it can make life more difficult and less enjoyable for both children and their parents. The good news is that asthma is very treatable; here’s what families need to know.

Thunderstorm asthma: Bad weather, allergies, and asthma attacks

Published June 22, 2022

Thunderstorm asthma is an attack that starts or worsens after a thunderstorm. It can occur in anyone with asthma, but it most often affects people with seasonal allergies. There are several risk factors that make experiencing this phenomenon more likely, so it's important to know what these are.

Heart problems and the heat: What to know and do

Published June 21, 2022

High temperatures raise risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and also stress the cardiovascular system, making the heart work harder. If you have a heart condition, here’s how to keep cool and protect yourself when temperatures rise.

If climate change keeps you up at night, here's how to cope

Published June 13, 2022

Climate anxiety is distress related to worries about how the effects of climate change. It’s more likely to affect adolescents and young adults, leading to chronic stress, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and more. What can you do to manage climate anxiety in yourself or a young person in your life?

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