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  • Fight worries over food additives with a healthy diet

    Q: Do synthetic dyes, flavors and preservatives make the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse? A: There is little agreement on how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children. Many studies on this issue are...
  • Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • What is bacterial "colonization"?

    Q: I recently visited a friend in the hospital. He had internal bleeding. He was put in a private room called "isolation." I asked the nurse if he had an infection. She said, "No, he is colonized with MRSA." What does that mean? A: All of us are...
  • Back pain often overdiagnosed and overtreated

    Harvard Health Blog What doctors call "routine" back pain can really, really hurt. Surprisingly, the best treatment is usually quite conservative--over-the-counter pain relievers, ice and heat, and gentle exercise. Yet for decades, many doctors have been...
  • Treating gambling addiction challenging but worthwhile

    Q: What is pathological gambling? Is there any effective treatment? A: The newest edition of psychiatry's diagnostic manual classifies pathological gambling as an addiction. People addicted to alcohol or drugs are at increased risk to develop gambling...
  • Importance of expiration date depends on the specific drug

    Q: I have several medications that are well beyond their expiration dates. Does that mean that they won't work -- or are dangerous? A: The manufacturer's expiration date on most medications is 2-3 years from when the pills were made. This assumes they're...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Improve your irritable bowel symptoms and lose weight at the same time

    Q: I have irritable bowel syndrome. I'm also about 20-25 pounds overweight. What kind of diet do I need to follow to address both of these issues? A: Obesity and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common problems. Still, it's not easy to prescribe a diet...
  • When is surgery needed for a pinched nerve at the elbow?

    Q: I may need a procedure called a cubital tunnel release. Can you tell me what is actually done during this procedure? What should I expect after the surgery? A: The "cubital tunnel" refers to a passageway along the inner part of the elbow. It's bounded...
  • Doctors have multiple treatment options for "twitchy" legs

    Q: I sometimes get "twitchy" legs at night. It disturbs my sleep. It's not painful; my muscles just sort of twitch. What could be causing this? Is there a way to prevent it? A: From your description, restless legs syndrome could be the cause of your...
  • People with BBD obsessed with body image

    Q: I have a friend who was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. What is this disorder and what causes it? A: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a distressing form of self-consciousness. Those with it focus intensely on their appearance. They look...
  • Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

    Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.  The...