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  • Imaging usually not necessary for new onset back pain

    Q: I'm 72 years old. I had sudden onset of low back pain one week ago for the first time. It's only a little better. My doctor said I did not need an x-ray or other imaging test. Is that normal? A: Based on a recent study, your doctor is correct....
  • Hires and promotions at Lehigh Valley businesses

    Hires and promotions at Lehigh Valley businesses
    NCHE ZAMA, MD, PhD has returned to Pocono Medical Center to lead the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program. Under his previous leadership, PMC gained national recognition as one of the highest rated cardiothoracic programs for quality in the nation. He...
  • Why do we love to watch psychopaths?

    Why do we love to watch psychopaths?
    With the success of HBO’s "The Jinx"¬†and Robert Durst's impending extradition to Los Angeles for trial on a murder charge, I've found myself incessantly wondering: Why are audiences (myself included) so powerfully drawn to -- and entertained by --...
  • Physical activity offsets risks related to white spots on brain scans

    Q: I recently had a brain MRI after a fall. I did not have a concussion. However, my doctor told me I have white spots. I consider myself a bright 75-year-old. Do I need to worry? A: Radiologists often see white spots on brain scans, both CT scans and...
  • Holy Cross to hold free forum on anal cancer

    Holy Cross to hold free forum on anal cancer
    Holy Cross Hospital will host a free educational forum March 28 focusing on the importance of anal cancer screening, new treatments for the disease and life after treatment. The Holy Cross forum, entitled "Anal Cancer: Today's Approach, Tomorrow's...
  • Don't give up on the flu vaccine!

    Q: I just read that the flu vaccine this year was not effective. What happened? I had my flu shot this year, but I'm reluctant to get one again next year. A: You're correct. This year's flu vaccine has been a disappointment. The most recent estimates...
  • Too much sitting linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature death

    Harvard Health Blog Like many people, I have a job that involves sitting in front of a computer most of the day. Because I work from home, I don't have to sit through a long commute, and my dog gets me up out of my chair for walks a couple of times a...
  • Oxytocin makes men eat less, choose healthier foods

    Oxytocin makes men eat less, choose healthier foods
    First, we learn that the "love hormone" oxytocin makes men more trusting, nurturing and sociable. Then, we learn that a shot of the stuff makes partnered men less likely to stray or even flirt with other women. Now, we learn that a puff of oxytocin up the...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Iron pills can help boost hemoglobin level after blood donation

    Q: I donate blood about four times per year. My most recent blood count was a bit low and the blood bank told me to wait another month. What can I do to build up my blood? A: That's terrific that you're a regular blood donor! Each time you give blood,...
  • Fitness Files: Placebo may have a role in treatment

    Perched on my general practitioner's examining table Monday, I waited to renew a prescription. A quick knock and he appeared, wearing a pleated surgical mask. He said, "Might be getting the flu. My son had it this weekend. Started him on Tamiflu...
  • UConn Men's Insider: Pat Lenehan Walk-On No Longer, Always Star To Mates

    UConn Men's Insider: Pat Lenehan Walk-On No Longer, Always Star To Mates
    STORRS – If you've seen the UConn bench come to life whenever Pat Lenehan comes into a game, you know how hard his teammates pull for him. So if you were a fly on the locker room wall when the Huskies learned Wednesday that Lenehan was accepted...