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  • Don't always blame age for the bags under your eyes

    Q: Can heart or kidney issues cause bags under your eyes? What else might cause them? How do I get rid of those bags? A: Yes, heart or kidney disease can contribute to "bags under the eyes." And puffy eyes may actually be the first sign of a medical...
  • 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...
  • Simple changes can help you fall asleep without drugs

    Q: I have a hard time falling asleep. I tried an over-the-counter sleep drug, but I didn't like the way it made me feel the next morning. I don't want to take anymore drugs. What can I do naturally to help me fall asleep? A: Too often, people reach for a...
  • 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...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy for cancer is usually temporary

    Q: Can hair re-grow after radiation therapy and chemotherapy for brain cancer? What can I do to prevent hair loss? If I do lose my hair, are there any remedies to speed up re-growth? A: Hair loss can be a distressing side effect of chemotherapy and...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Lyme disease is curable, but complications can occur

    Q: Can Lyme disease be cured? A: Yes, an infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can be cured. In fact, nearly everyone with the condition improves quickly after starting antibiotics and is cured within a few weeks. But there are some...
  • Following a D&C, go slowly as you resume normal sex life

    Q: How soon can I resume sexual intercourse after a miscarriage and D and C? Can I get pregnant right away? A: All of the tissue that develops in an early pregnancy may not be passed from the uterus after a miscarriage. A procedure known as a D and C may...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: 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...
  • Take simple precautions to prevent injuries when you exercise

    Whether you've been exercising for years or are just starting a fitness program, it's important to avoid injuries so you can keep moving toward your fitness goals. We become more vulnerable to injuries as we get older, in part because we're less agile...
  • Without other symptoms, rapid heartbeat when you're not exercising is rarely serious

    Q: Other than anxiety, what can cause your heart rate to increase when you're not exercising? A: Rather than just listing the causes, here's my approach to investigating a rapid heartbeat. First, I'd like to know if you have any other symptoms. That...
  • 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...