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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Diabetes among many possible causes of hair loss

    Q: Is there a connection between diabetes and hair loss? A: Hair loss can result from many factors. Age is a universal reason. All of us lose hair as we grow older. Some people inherit the tendency to lose hair early or excessively. Medications, stress,...
  • Tommy Amaker realizes dream of making Harvard basketball relevant

    Tommy Amaker is more dreamer than pragmatist. Always has been. He believed that Mike Krzyzewski, with little more than Chicago toughness, a West Point education and Bob Knight's endorsement, could coach Duke basketball back to national prominence....
  • Some heart patients do better when the cardiologist is away

    Some heart patients do better when the cardiologist is away
    Holy heart attack! Researchers have found that certain high-risk heart patients stand a better chance of survival if they go to a teaching hospital when all the cardiologists have left town.  Though heart doctors have joked that the safest place to...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Studies suggest joint pain unlikely side effect of blood-thinner

    Q: I take the blood-thinner Xarelto. Are joint pains one of the side effects? A: Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the new oral anti-coagulant drugs. Doctors prescribe it to prevent or treat potentially dangerous blood clots. In the past, the only oral...
  • Even if you backslide, resolving to improve your health is worthwhile

    If you've ever made New Year's resolutions that include adopting better health habits, you probably know they aren't easy to keep. The reason resolutions often don't work is because lasting change is usually not accomplished in a dramatic leap but through...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: There are several possible causes for urinating frequently at night

    Q. Over the past couple of years, I've had to get up at night more to urinate. Now it's happening two to three times every night. What could cause this? A. When a person needs to get out of bed to urinate two times or more at night, doctors call it...
  • Can an app help you lose weight?

    Source: Harvard Men's Health Watch Smartphones and tablets combine an extraordinary amount of portable computing power with connectivity to the world via cell phone signal and WiFi. Many health entrepreneurs are trying to harness that power to help...
  • Give your skin a winter break with a good moisturizer

    Q: My skin is very dry and itchy, especially in winter. There are so many moisturizers to choose from. How do I pick one? A: Regularly applying a good moisturizer is an important part of skin care. Moisturizers can soothe dry skin and help relieve...
  • Drug therapy can vary following insertion of a stent

    Q: I had angioplasty of two coronary arteries 18 months ago. I take aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) daily. Will I always need to take both drugs? A: After a blocked heart artery is opened with a balloon, a wire mesh called a stent is left behind to keep...
  • Asking questions will help make dad's hospitalization go smoothly

    Q: My dad is 79. I make sure he takes his medicines every day. He's going in the hospital for surgery and I'm concerned about him getting the right medicines. Is there something I can do? And what other ways can I help keep him safe? A: Hospitals have...
  • Use these 4 simple strategies to cut your drug spending

    Trying to save money on prescription drugs can be enough to make you reach for the pain pills. Navigating the annual changes to your health plan, figuring out insurance co-pays, and finding the pharmacy with the best buys can be daunting. And if you're on...