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  • 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...
  • Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation

    Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation
    Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: When an adult 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...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Fight worries over food additives with a healthy diet

    Q: Do synthetic dyes, flavors and preservatives make the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse? A: There is little agreement on how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children. Many studies on this issue are...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Home monitoring a handy way to help control your blood pressure

    There's an easy way to help reduce hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure: Start monitoring at home. It's easy, inexpensive and effective. "Blood pressure has to be measured regularly at home, not just once in a while at a doctor's...
  • 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...
  • Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA

    Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA
    Apparently, a Food and Drug Administration warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for,...
  • U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad

    U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad
    The University of Illinois needs to clarify rules, improve training and strengthen the way it polices employees’ potential conflicts of interest, a top administrator said in a report released Tuesday. The recommendations stem from a...
  • Drink to your health - with tea

    Harvard Health Blog I've never been much of a tea drinker. To me, the flavor is reminiscent of twigs soaked in warm dishwater. I don't mean to disparage the tea enthusiasts who "ooh" over their oolong and cherish every drop of their chai. Quite the...