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  • Am I taking too much ibuprofen?

    Q: I've been taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets two or three times per day to ease pain and inflammation in my knees. Could it be harmful to do this for an extended period of time, say a year? A: Ibuprofen is one of the nonsteroidal...
  • Shingles is not contagious

    Q: Can I get shingles from another person? A: No, you can't, and here's why: Shingles is caused by a virus called varicella-zoster virus --"VZ virus" or just "VZV". Almost all adults have been infected with this virus. Many became infected in childhood....
  • Spinal stenosis may require a combination of treatments

    Q: How successful are spinal injections for nerve pain in the legs caused by spinal stenosis? A: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, the space in the back that surrounds and protects the spinal cord. The narrowing puts pressure on the...
  • Pay attention to those aching feet to protect your mobility

    You're not alone if you've developed pain in your feet since the temperatures outside have dropped. "Colder weather makes you realize there's a problem," says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "You're no...
  • David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight

    David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight
    When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: There's no magic formula for finding the "best" bed to ease back pain

    Q: What kind of bed is best for back problems? A: Unfortunately, there is no single type of bed known to be best for back problems. For one thing, there are many types of back problems. What works well for one type of problem may not work well for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Close relationships help you live longer -- and enjoy life more

    Q: Is it true that having good relationships increases your chance of living longer? A: Since the late 1980s, studies have suggested that this is true. People who enjoy close relationships with family and friends are more likely to live longer than...
  • It's best to avoid grapefruit when taking some statin drugs

    Q: My doctor just prescribed atorvastatin (Lipitor) for high cholesterol. The instructions said: "Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication." I love grapefruit. Do I need to avoid it completely? A: Like you, I love...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Psychotherapy not appropriate for all trauma victims

    Q: My brother is a veteran who saw friends die in action. He refuses to go for psychotherapy. Should I insist that he go? A: After a trauma, suffering is common -- if not universal. But psychotherapy is not for everyone. In fact, some experts believe --...