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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Medication, exercise best tools to cope with COPD

    Q: I was just diagnosed with COPD and chronic bronchitis. What are my treatment options? A: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD get symptoms and flare-ups because of inflammation...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    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...
  • Lose weight with reduced calorie Mediterranean-style diet

    Q: I need to lose at least 20 pounds, probably more. I hear so many conflicting ideas about the best diet. What do you suggest? A: In terms of weight loss, no diet comes out as the overwhelming winner. A recent study did suggest that low carb beats low...
  • Objects That Comfort, Actions That Console: Coping With Loss Over The Centuries

    Objects That Comfort, Actions That Console: Coping With Loss Over The Centuries
    Confronted with tragedy, we reach for objects that might steady us, tangible reminders of a loved one we've lost, the consoling beauty of a flower or an angel's face, an old shirt with a familiar scent, a stuffed bear's soft and fuzzy comfort. We seek...
  • 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...
  • 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...