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  • NSAIDS for pain risky after angioplasty

    Q: I had angioplasty with a stent recently. I need to take aspirin and Plavix every day. I used to take ibuprofen for pain. What can I take now? A: Taking two drugs after angioplasty and stent is standard care. Both aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix)...
  • Gun control and John R. Lott Jr

    I would like to respond to the Commentary that your paper published on Feb. 25 by John R. Lott, Jr, "Arm public to deter killers."  I applaud your paper's willingness to publish a variety of opinions on gun violence. In fact, earlier this month you...
  • Vigorous exercise can help you burn more calories

    Q: I'm overweight but generally healthy. Would a high-intensity exercise program help me lose weight? A: One of the obvious rewards of any exercise is that you burn up calories while you're doing it. That added calorie combustion can help you lose...
  • Stow The Phone

    Having trouble sleeping? Check for a glow, inches from the pillow. Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop at bedtime may be staving off sleep, according to Harvard Medical School scientists, who have found specific wavelengths of light can suppress the...
  • 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,...
  • Get family talking at mealtimes

     Get family talking at mealtimes
    A delightful new book written by the co-founder of The Family Dinner Project offers a road map to healthy, happy mealtimes — including an often-overlooked part of the ritual: the conversation. "I sat through literally thousands and thousands of...
  • More cancer trials, treatments for Holy Cross patients

    More cancer trials, treatments for Holy Cross patients
    Cancer patients treated at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale will have access to more clinical trials and medical treatments under a new agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: New guidelines changing the use of statins

    Q: I'm confused about when a person should start drug therapy to lower cholesterol. It used to be based on a number. What's the latest? For years, doctors prescribed drugs to lower cholesterol based largely on blood test results. For most people, an...
  • Pinpointing cause of lower back pain first step toward relief

    Source: Harvard Health Letter Lower back pain is among the most common complaints of older age. The lumbar or lower area of the spine can suffer from many different ailments. "You do most of your bending in the lower back, and that's probably why the...
  • Science confirms: Connection to others is key to good health

     Science confirms: Connection to others is key to good health
    "Relationships are not simply the icing on the cake for a life well lived," psychiatrist Daniel Siegel writes in the forward of Amy Banks' new book, "Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain For Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships" (Tarcher/Penguin)....
  • Sitting too much? Gradually boost your activity level each day

    Q: I sit at a desk all day at work. My doctor tells me I need to exercise for 30 minutes at least five times per week. I don't exercise at all now. That seems an impossible goal for me. Any suggestions? A: Similar to your doctor, that's just what I've...