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  • Volunteering can be good for both mind and body

    The upcoming holiday season may inspire you to volunteer your time and talent to a deserving cause or person. And it's a gift that will come right back to you. Science backs the mood-boosting benefits of being of service to others. "We grow up learning...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: 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...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: With even some generics rising in price, explore ways to cut your drug costs

    Q: Recently, my doctor prescribed a 10-day course of doxycycline. I always ask for a generic since I need to pay full price. I was shocked when the pharmacist said it would be almost $65. I took this medication three years ago and I think it cost me...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Sugar-for-sweetener swap could backfire

    Q: More and more nutrition advice seems to be anti-sugar these days. So are artificial sweeteners a good alternative? A: Sugar in all its forms may be the single most important dietary cause of obesity and heart disease in the American diet today....
  • 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...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: High uric acid level may not require drug therapy

    Q: I recently had a blood test. My uric acid level is high at 8.1 mg/dL. I had one attack of gout two years ago. Do I need medicine to lower my uric acid? A: Since you've only had gout once, you probably don't need medicine to lower your uric acid level....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Inflamed tongue can have many causes

    Q: Recently, my tongue has become red and very sensitive. What might cause this? A: Your tongue is likely inflamed. Doctors call this glossitis. Many things can irritate the surface of your tongue, including tobacco products, toothpaste, mouthwash and...
  • Seek guidance to pick the right hearing aid for you

    How many times during recent conversations have you said, "What?" or "Excuse me?" or "Speak up!" If the answer is, "More than occasionally," then your hearing may be impaired. Many men who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. One common hurdle...
  • Murthy the right man for surgeon general

    Murthy the right man for surgeon general
    Manisha Sharma's heartfelt endorsement of Dr. Vivek Murthy's as America's next surgeon general shows how vital it is for the U.S. Senate to confirm his nomination ("Senators, confirm our next surgeon general," Dec 7). I have known and worked with Dr....
  • Saint Francis Partners With Dana-Farber For Clinical Trials

    The parent company of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced Friday a new collaboration that allows local blood-cancer patients treated at Saint Francis to take part in clinical trials offered by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Saint...