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  • Food allergy or food intolerance? The symptoms vary

    Walk down the aisles of your local supermarket, and you'll see something you likely wouldn't have encountered a decade ago--shelves devoted entirely to gluten-free cereals, breads, muffins and other foods. Restaurants have also jumped on the bandwagon,...
  • 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...
  • Baltimore ranks 25th for health and fitness, report says

    Baltimore ranks 25th for health and fitness, report says
    The American Fitness Index has ranked Baltimore 25th of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in terms of overall fitness. The annual index measures city health based on preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, access to healthcare and...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Simple steps can prevent spread of superbugs

    Q: I share an apartment with another woman. She was told by her doctor that she has a MRSA skin infection. What's MRSA? Do I need to take an antibiotic? A: MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It's a type of Staph bacteria....
  • Managing your medications: The risks rise with age

    Source: Harvard Women's Health Watch How many pills do you take each day? Five? Six? Many people are on a multitude of medications, prescribed to treat several different health conditions. Yet not every medicine we take may be safe, effective, or...
  • Mystery sign sows cheer on Lake Shore Drive

    Mystery sign sows cheer on Lake Shore Drive
    One of Chicago's newest lakefront attractions is a simple plywood billboard — 11 feet by 15 feet — offering an unadorned message in lower-case lettering: "you are beautiful." It sits at ground level on Chicago Park District land on the...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Studies inconclusive on incontinence risk from hysterectomy

    Q: I may need a complete hysterectomy. I am 48 years old. Can a complete hysterectomy cause issues later in life with (urinary) incontinence? A: You pose a very important question, but the answer is still up for debate. Many studies attempting to...
  • New drugs offer easier, more effective Hepatitis C treatment

    Harvard Health Blog If you're a baby boomer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you be tested for infection with the hepatitis C virus. The virus can live in the liver for decades, often causing silent damage that...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Get hemorrhoid relief with simple home remedies

    Q: I have an external hemorrhoid. It's only uncomfortable some of the time. What treatment do you suggest? A: The best way to reduce swelling and discomfort is to keep stools soft and the anal area clean. You can help soften stools by taking fiber and...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Restless legs might improve with nutritional changes

    Q: I have restless legs syndrome. Can diet help? A: We don't know what causes restless legs syndrome, but we do know that it causes unpleasant or painful sensations in the legs. This could include tingling, pulling, or crawling, along with an urge to...
  • Unless they persist, heart palpitations are usually benign

    Have you ever experienced the sensation that your heart has skipped a beat or suddenly started to race or even pound? Those sensations are known as palpitations. While frightening, they're not usually a sign of something serious. "Palpitations are most...