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  • Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • Breast cancer and BRCA mutations: Removing healthy breast saves lives

    Women considering a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer often face a difficult decision: whether to remove their healthy breast as well. A new study should make it easier for some of these women to make up their minds. It concludes...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • Researchers debunk 'obesity paradox' for people with diabetes

    For people with Type 2 diabetes who had hoped that their love handles might serve some purpose by reducing their risk of premature death, Harvard researchers have some bad news: The “obesity paradox” does not exist. “We found no...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Generalized anxiety disorder may require specialized treatment

    Q: What exactly is a panic attack? It feels like I'm uncomfortable and scared of everything. I need to return to work. Any helpful advice? A: A panic attack is a wave of intense fear. Added to the fear are uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as: A...
  • Taking too much acetaminophen can be hazardous

    Cold and flu season is a good time to review the risks of acetaminophen -- the pain and fever reliever in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter medications. Billions of doses of acetaminophen are consumed safely every year, but deaths still occur from...
  • 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-Ask the Harvard Experts: Without other symptoms, rapid heartbeat when you're not exercising is rarely serious

    Q: Other than anxiety, what can cause your heart rate to increase when you're not exercising? A: Rather than just listing the causes, here's my approach to investigating a rapid heartbeat. First, I'd like to know if you have any other symptoms. That...
  • Dr. Raymond Seltser, Hopkins associate dean

    Dr. Raymond Seltser, Hopkins associate dean
    Dr. Raymond Seltser, former associate dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health who was the author of seminal epidemiological articles on smoking, stroke and radiation, died Feb. 16 of pneumonia at Sibley Memorial Hospital in...
  • 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...
  • 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...