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  • Stop common sleep stealers before they put your health at risk

    You might remember a time when you could drift off to sleep in an instant and remain in a state of blissful slumber well past lunchtime the next day. Now your sleep is more likely to be lighter and more fitful, and when you wake up in the morning you don'...
  • Many factors can influence blood sodium level

    Q: My blood tests indicate show that I have a low sodium level. It was 127 mEq/L on the most recent test. It was 130 mEq/L the year before. What can cause this? A: The normal level of sodium in the blood is between 135 mEq/L (milliequivalents per liter)...
  • What causes low blood pressure?

    Q: My blood pressure stays low. Sometimes it drops so low that it causes dizziness and weakness. What can cause this? A: Many healthy people have low blood pressure. In fact, no specific blood pressure reading is considered too low, as long as the person...
  • Explore alternatives before opting for joint replacement surgery

    By the summer of 2013, Joan Chiverton had endured nearly three years of knee pain. She'd had enough. "I love to walk and I'm a very active person, and I'd have to stop after every couple of blocks and take a break," says Chiverton, an illustrator who...
  • Study: Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk Of Some Cancers

    What if an aspirin a day could keep cancer away? A growing body of scientific research suggests that aspirin can prevent some cancers of the digestive system, and maybe even breast and prostate, too. In the latest study, published recently in the...
  • Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist

    Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist
    Ann Elizabeth Stromberg, a retired orthoptist who worked with children with eye conditions and trained medical students during her six-decade career, died of Alzheimer's disease June 4 at Somerford Home in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 91....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: You can get relief from bronchitis without antibiotics

    Q: I'm generally very healthy, but when I get bronchitis, the cough usually lasts two weeks. I used to get an antibiotic. My new doctor says I don't need one. Is that right? A: Yes, your doctor is correct in not prescribing an antibiotic. Antibiotics...
  • Yeah, the VA scandal is dismaying. But don't spike the ball on government health care yet, conservatives

     
    From the Sunday print column Yes, the Veterans Affairs scandal is bad. Fraudulent record-keeping designed to cover up intolerable wait times for health care. Scores of patients who reportedly died while awaiting medical services. And therefore, yes, an...
  • Lethal injections make firing squads look good

    Lethal injections make firing squads look good
    Bungled executions by lethal injection are beginning to make firing squads look good. Seriously. I did not always feel this way. I'm an opponent of the death penalty. But with lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions being raised about...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: Healthy lifestyle helps curb age-related hair loss in women

    Q: I'm a 60-year-old woman. What can I do to promote hair growth? A: As we grow older, our hair growth declines. Genetics comes into play, as well. Almost 50 percent of women older than 40 have "androgenetic alopecia." This is an inherited type of hair...
  • Floaters and flashes can warn of trouble in the eye

    Harvard Health Blog "Floaters" and flashes are a common sight for many people. Floater is a catchall term for the specks, threads, or cobweb-like images that occasionally drift across the line of vision. Flashes are sparks or strands of light that...