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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Over-the-counter treatment not an option for genital warts

    Q: I have genital warts, both on the penis and anus. What treatments are available? A: Warts are caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of papillomavirus. Most warts do not cause cancer, but certain...
  • 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...
  • FDA asks doctors, dentists to stop prescribing high-dose acetaminophen

    FDA asks doctors, dentists to stop prescribing high-dose acetaminophen
    The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to stop giving patients high-dose acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the popular pain-reliever Tylenol. Pills, capsules, tablets, syrups...
  • Researchers debunk 'obesity paradox' for people with diabetes

    For people with Type 2 diabetes who had hoped that their love handles might serve some purpose by reducing their risk of premature death, Harvard researchers have some bad news: The “obesity paradox” does not exist. “We found no...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Treatment varies depending on the cause of ear congestion

    Q: I have recurrent ear congestion. What causes it? How can I treat it? A: The middle ear -- found behind the ear drum -- contains air. This air is normally able to enter and exit through the eustacean tube. This is a small canal between the middle ear...
  • Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA

    Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA
    Apparently, a Food and Drug Administration warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for,...
  • Restless legs might improve with nutritional changes

    Q: I have restless legs syndrome. Can diet help? A: We don't know what causes restless legs syndrome, but we do know that it causes unpleasant or painful sensations in the legs. This could include tingling, pulling, or crawling, along with an urge to...
  • Dr. Oscar A. Iseri, pathologist

    Dr. Oscar A. Iseri, pathologist
    Dr. Oscar A. Iseri, a retired Veterans Administration pathologist, died April 25 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Lorien Harmony Hall Assisted Living in Columbia. He was 86. The son of Matahichi Iseri and Kisa Iseri, immigrant Japanese...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: When an adult child shuts out a parent, both may need help

    Q: My son has told me he's cutting me out of my life. He's 28. As a mother, I feel hopeless and unable to help him. What can I do? A: When a child shut's the door on a parent, it's painful. I don't know your specific circumstances, so let me give you a...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Get hemorrhoid relief with simple home remedies

    Q: I have an external hemorrhoid. It's only uncomfortable some of the time. What treatment do you suggest? A: The best way to reduce swelling and discomfort is to keep stools soft and the anal area clean. You can help soften stools by taking fiber and...
  • Stopping Pap smears depends on age and risk

    Q: I'm 71 years old. Do I need Pap tests at my age? A: The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is a remarkable medical success story. After the introduction of regular screening by Pap smears, cervical cancer rates began to go down...