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  • Objects That Comfort, Actions That Console: Coping With Loss Over The Centuries

    Objects That Comfort, Actions That Console: Coping With Loss Over The Centuries
    Confronted with tragedy, we reach for objects that might steady us, tangible reminders of a loved one we've lost, the consoling beauty of a flower or an angel's face, an old shirt with a familiar scent, a stuffed bear's soft and fuzzy comfort. We seek...
  • Pinpointing the cause of hives and effective treatment can be tough

    Q: I have hives that keep recurring. This has now been happening for more than two months. My doctor and I can't find a reason. I've tried changing my diet. I take an antihistamine every four hours without relief. What else can I do? A: Recurrent hives...
  • You may -- or may not -- need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Start slowly when launching an exercise program at 66

    Q: I'm a 66-year-old man. My doctor told me I need to exercise more to maintain good health. What's the best exercise for a man my age? How often should I do it? What symptoms should I watch out for? A: Great to hear that you're taking your doctor's...
  • EatingWell: Don't let diabetes stop you from exercising

    It's a message you hear everywhere: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes. It's also a catch-22: Controlling diabetes can be so exhausting that some days just leaving the house feels like climbing a mountain....
  • Make smart seafood choices to minimize mercury intake

    Harvard Health Blog Fish and shellfish are great sources of lean protein, and many types are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But there's a catch: Some species of fish contain worrisome amounts of methylmercury, a toxin that's especially...
  • Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study. With the technology being used...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: What should you do for a depressed loved one who refuses help?

    Q: My mother is severely depressed, but she refuses to see her doctor or get professional help. I'm afraid she will hurt herself if I leave her alone. What can I do? A: First, some thoughts about on what might be preventing your mother from seeking help....
  • The 'heartbreak of psoriasis' may affect our joints, heart and mind

    Harvard Health Blog Raised, red patches covered with silvery scales on the elbows and knees are the classic sign of plaque psoriasis. This is the most common form of this skin disease, named after an ancient Greek word meaning an itchy or scaly...
  • Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds

    Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds
    Hummingbirds don't have teeth, and yet they have quite a sweet tooth. They eat insects to get such essentials as protein and fat, but most of their diet consists of sugary nectar. This has puzzled scientists. Humans and other animals who prefer sweet...
  • U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks: researchers

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week. The only confirmed Ebola...