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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Study: Emergency room closures can be deadly for area's residents

    It stands to reason that when a hospital emergency room closes, people in the surrounding neighborhood suffer. But how much? A new study quantifies the impact in California, finding that patients affected by ER closures were 5% more likely to die after...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: What should you do for a depressed loved one who refuses help?

    Q: My mother is severely depressed, but she refuses to see her doctor or get professional help. I'm afraid she will hurt herself if I leave her alone. What can I do? A: First, some thoughts about on what might be preventing your mother from seeking help....
  • The 'heartbreak of psoriasis' may affect our joints, heart and mind

    Harvard Health Blog Raised, red patches covered with silvery scales on the elbows and knees are the classic sign of plaque psoriasis. This is the most common form of this skin disease, named after an ancient Greek word meaning an itchy or scaly...
  • Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds

    Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds
    Hummingbirds don't have teeth, and yet they have quite a sweet tooth. They eat insects to get such essentials as protein and fat, but most of their diet consists of sugary nectar. This has puzzled scientists. Humans and other animals who prefer sweet...
  • Men such as Robin Williams face higher risk of suicide

    If you tried to create a profile of someone at high risk of committing suicide, one likely example would look like this: A middle-aged or older white male toward the end of a successful career, who suffers from a serious medical problem as well as chronic...
  • EatingWell: Don't let diabetes stop you from exercising

    It's a message you hear everywhere: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes. It's also a catch-22: Controlling diabetes can be so exhausting that some days just leaving the house feels like climbing a mountain....
  • Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should

    It's terrible to imagine, but what would you do if someone in your home suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? After calling 911, most people feel helpless after witnessing such an event, which is usually due to a cardiac arrest (see "What is cardiac...