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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Medication, exercise best tools to cope with COPD

    Q: I was just diagnosed with COPD and chronic bronchitis. What are my treatment options? A: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD get symptoms and flare-ups because of inflammation...
  • Online Alzheimer's tests unscientific and inaccurate

    There are memory tests all over the Internet, but they're notoriously poor at evaluating your memory and mental skills. If you're genuinely concerned memory lapses and fear they might point to Alzheimer's disease, talk to a professional. "If people are...
  • Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

    Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors
    For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business. On Tuesday, the federal...
  • Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    Mood changes common when quitting smoking
    Q: I started taking Chantix seven days ago. I also take an antidepressant. I've noticed a subtle decline in mood. Is it the Chantix or an interaction between the Chantix and the antidepressant? A: There is good evidence that Chantix — the...
  • Are expired medications still safe?

    Are expired medications still safe?
    It is 2 a.m. and that cough and stuffy nose you have been battling is still keeping you up. You reach for the nighttime cold relief medicine only to find it expired a few months ago. If you take a dose to ease your symptoms, will you be putting yourself...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: Depression - or medicines to treat it - can trigger sweet cravings

    ByMichael Craig Miller, M.D. Q: I'm a 50-year-old female with a long history of depression. I recently developed an uncontrollable craving for sweets. This has increased my weight. Is it my depression or my medicine? A: You're right to wonder about...
  • Fall vaccination roundup: Consider protection against flu, shingles, pneumonia and tetanus

    Source: Harvard Health Letter Now that autumn has arrived coming, it's time to prepare for your annual flu shot. But are there other shots you should consider to maintain good health? "It's worth reviewing the recommended immunizations with your primary...
  • Suicide survivors face grief, questions, challenges

    Harvard Health Blog The death of Robin Williams, reportedly from depression-related suicide, can seem paradoxical. How can such a funny, lively, and successful person be depressed enough to end his life? In the U.S. alone, nearly 40,000 people a year...
  • Proper removal of ticks helps prevent Lyme and other diseases

    Q: What's the best method for removing a tick? A: It's well known that tick bites can lead to Lyme disease. But ticks also carry a host of other infectious agents, such as Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and Babesia species. It's important to know how to remove...
  • 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...
  • Orthopaedic Guild to hold luncheon

    Orthopaedic Guild to hold luncheon
    Michael P. Sullivan, vice president and chief philanthropy officer for Orthopaedic Institute for Children, will be the keynote speaker when the La CaƱada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild holds its annual Book and Author Luncheon Oct. 28 at Angeles National...