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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Inflamed tongue can have many causes

    Q: Recently, my tongue has become red and very sensitive. What might cause this? A: Your tongue is likely inflamed. Doctors call this glossitis. Many things can irritate the surface of your tongue, including tobacco products, toothpaste, mouthwash and...
  • Seek guidance to pick the right hearing aid for you

    How many times during recent conversations have you said, "What?" or "Excuse me?" or "Speak up!" If the answer is, "More than occasionally," then your hearing may be impaired. Many men who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. One common hurdle...
  • 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...
  • Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer

    Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer
    Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital? It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers...
  • You can wean yourself off sleep aids

    Do you take a drug to help you sleep every night? You're not alone. Millions of Americans rely on prescription sleep medications, called sedative hypnotics. "People believe they can't sleep without them, and they stay on them for years," says sleep...
  • How safe is the new weight-loss drug Contrave?

    Q: I need to lose weight. I heard about a new drug called Contrave. Does it work? Is it safe? A: Contrave is a combination of two drugs that were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration many years ago for other conditions. The two drugs are...
  • To Govs. Jindal, Perry: A travel ban won't save lives, but Medicaid will

    To Govs. Jindal, Perry: A travel ban won't save lives, but Medicaid will
    For Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, two Republican governors thinking about running for president, the Ebola virus has been a heaven-sent opportunity. It has allowed them to swank around as protectors of public health, distracting their...
  • 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...
  • Study shows there's no "best" drug to reduce risk of bone fractures

    Q: I just had a bone density test that shows osteoporosis. I think my doctor will be prescribing a new medicine. How does a doctor choose? A: The reason for treating osteoporosis is to reduce the chance of having a bone fracture. The most disabling...
  • Physician burnout is on the rise

     Physician burnout is on the rise
    The state of our health care system depends, in part, on the state of our health care providers. But research over the last few years has shown that physician burnout is on the rise. Mark Linzer, director of the division of general internal medicine...
  • Options beyond the mammogram

    Options beyond the mammogram
    The mammogram remains the foundation of breast cancer screening, but variations on this test can improve detection for some women. The mammogram isn't a perfect test, but it's the best one we have right now for identifying breast cancers early, which is...