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  • Explore alternatives before opting for joint replacement surgery

    By the summer of 2013, Joan Chiverton had endured nearly three years of knee pain. She'd had enough. "I love to walk and I'm a very active person, and I'd have to stop after every couple of blocks and take a break," says Chiverton, an illustrator who...
  • Lab mice get addicted to sun exposure; you might too

    Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found that mice who were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not...
  • You can get relief from bronchitis without antibiotics

    Q: I'm generally very healthy, but when I get bronchitis, the cough usually lasts two weeks. I used to get an antibiotic. My new doctor says I don't need one. Is that right? A: Yes, your doctor is correct in not prescribing an antibiotic. Antibiotics...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Low-dose corticosteroids relieve the pain of PMR

    Q: I've been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What is it? What treatment is used for the associated pain? A: Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) is a condition that causes the sudden onset of aching, stiffness and fatigue in older adults. Symptoms are...
  • When caring for a loved one, too many caregivers go it alone

    Harvard Health Blog History is repeating itself in my family. My mother has Parkinson's disease, and my father is her caregiver. Forty years ago, my mom was the caregiver for her own mother, who had advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia. I didn't...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Studies inconclusive on incontinence risk from hysterectomy

    Q: I may need a complete hysterectomy. I am 48 years old. Can a complete hysterectomy cause issues later in life with (urinary) incontinence? A: You pose a very important question, but the answer is still up for debate. Many studies attempting to...
  • New drugs offer easier, more effective Hepatitis C treatment

    Harvard Health Blog If you're a baby boomer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you be tested for infection with the hepatitis C virus. The virus can live in the liver for decades, often causing silent damage that...
  • Baltimore ranks 25th for health and fitness, report says

    Baltimore ranks 25th for health and fitness, report says
    The American Fitness Index has ranked Baltimore 25th of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in terms of overall fitness. The annual index measures city health based on preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, access to healthcare and...
  • Let's end the wasteful war on drugs by putting science first

    Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And...
  • You may -- or may not -- need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • 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...