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  • Pinpointing the cause of hives and effective treatment can be tough

    Q: I have hives that keep recurring. This has now been happening for more than two months. My doctor and I can't find a reason. I've tried changing my diet. I take an antihistamine every four hours without relief. What else can I do? A: Recurrent hives...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    Q: I started taking Chantix seven days ago. I also take an antidepressant. I've noticed a subtle decline in mood. Is it the Chantix or an interaction between the Chantix and the antidepressant? A: There is good evidence that Chantix -- the generic name...
  • Make smart seafood choices to minimize mercury intake

    Harvard Health Blog Fish and shellfish are great sources of lean protein, and many types are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But there's a catch: Some species of fish contain worrisome amounts of methylmercury, a toxin that's especially...
  • 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...
  • Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses

    Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses
    In a decade, Americans have saved an estimated $1.2 trillion by taking generic drugs instead of the high-priced originals. But the booming market in copycat prescription pharmaceuticals - coupled with insurance companies' efforts to keep healthcare...
  • 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...
  • Institution to discuss probe into STAP stem cell controversy

    Institution to discuss probe into STAP stem cell controversy
    It was hailed as a remarkable scientific breakthrough, one that could potentially revolutionize medicine by enabling the speedy production of highly versatile stem cells. Now, barely two months after scientists published papers in Nature claiming to...
  • 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...
  • 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...