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  • '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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents

    Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents
    Can we spend a few minutes talking about Noreen Bruce? She's the mom of Grayson Bruce, the 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was harassed at school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack, which he uses as a lunch box. You've probably heard his story....
  • Floaters and flashes can warn of trouble in the eye

    Harvard Health Blog "Floaters" and flashes are a common sight for many people. Floater is a catchall term for the specks, threads, or cobweb-like images that occasionally drift across the line of vision. Flashes are sparks or strands of light that...
  • Doctors assist in executions despite ethics rules

    For more than 50 executions, Missouri relied on Dr. Alan Doerhoff to assist. Doerhoff, 70, said he became involved in the 1970s when the warden at the prison that handled executions retained him because they had been childhood friends. ------------...
  • You can preserve youthful skin without cosmetic surgery

    Source: Harvard Women's Health Watch Age isn't kind to skin. Years of accumulated sun exposure leave their mark in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. By the time you reach your 60s or 70s, much of the damage has already been done, but...
  • New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds

    Twenty-five years after scientists first identified the hepatitis C virus, doctors are declaring victory over an infection that afflicts more than 3 million Americans and kills more of them than HIV. In a series of clinical trial results, a new...
  • 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...
  • Blood pressure pill helps reduce diabetes complications

    Q: My doctor prescribed lisinopril for me because I have diabetes, even though my blood pressure has always been normal. My blood sugar came down to normal on pills. Do I really need another medicine? A: It depends more on your kidneys and your risk of...