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  • Hoping to age in place? Adapt your home to avoid falls and other hazards

    When you choose a place to live, you might give a lot of weight to the home's appearance and size. But how much consideration do you give to safety issues that could force you find other digs as you age? That impressive entryway or tiled bath that...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Tennis elbow more common in people who don't play tennis

    Q: My doctor says my elbow pain is due to tennis elbow. But I don't play tennis. Could you explain how this has come about and what I can do about it? A: "Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition doctors call lateral epicondylitis. It's caused by...
  • Don't avoid straight talk about end-of-life health care

    Harvard Health Blog Birth, childhood, adulthood, and death span the book of life. Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid thinking or talking about how they want the final chapter to read. For the seriously ill or elderly--and even those who aren't--not...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Help prevent migraine attacks with diet, medicines and more

    Q: I read that people who suffer from migraines should avoid sour cream, yogurt, nuts and peanut butter. Is that true? A: This may be true for some people with migraine. But the foods you mention are not on the usual list of the ones to avoid. The...
  • When an older child shuts out a parent, both may need help

    Q: My son has told me he's cutting me out of my life. He's 28. As a mother, I feel hopeless and unable to help him. What can I do? A: When a child shut's the door on a parent, it's painful. I don't know your specific circumstances, so let me give you a...
  • 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: Stopping Pap smears depends on age and risk

    Q: I'm 71 years old. Do I need Pap tests at my age? A: The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is a remarkable medical success story. After the introduction of regular screening by Pap smears, cervical cancer rates began to go down...
  • Finding thinspiration

    Finding thinspiration
    When Pat Barone was trying to lose weight, the very people she looked to for support — her friends — seemed to be sabotaging her efforts. Questions like, 'Is that all you're going to eat?' were just the beginning. "Before long, your food...
  • Prolonged grief after loss of a loved one is common

    Q: I lost my brother several months ago. There are days when I still feel overpowered by sadness. Is it normal to grieve this long? A: Iím sorry to learn of your loss. Everyone grieves differently. Grief rarely has a clear beginning, middle and end....
  • 'Pre-hypertension' is a new term to identify people at risk for high blood pressure

    Q: I'm 60 years old. My blood pressure is around 130/80. In the past, I've always been told I have normal blood pressure. Now my doctor says I have "pre-hypertension." What does this mean? Do I need treatment? A: I can understand your confusion. Here's...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Dietary changes can help control intestinal gas

    Q: I try to eat a healthy diet -- lots of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, but it's causing me to have a lot of flatulence. Any suggestions? A: Flatulence (intestinal gas) is normal. It's a by-product of eating many of the foods we consider healthy...