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  • 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 arrest?"). But anyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and everyone should. And because four out of every five cardiac arrests happen at home, the life you save is likely to be someone you love.
  • Make the most of your digital fitness monitor

    The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It's called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket. "If you're already motivated to exercise or eat...

    HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed

    HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed
    In a sobering discovery, researchers say that rapid treatment of HIV-like infections in monkeys failed to prevent the establishment of persistent viral reservoirs in as little as three days. The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on...

    The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Consider genetic testing if cystic fibrosis is a concern

    Q: What are the chances of a person with cystic fibrosis passing the disease to their offspring? A: Cystic fibrosis is inherited as a recessive disease. This means a person could be a carrier of a CF mutation and not be affected. Everyone has two copies...

    When you can't let go: Treatment can break the grip of hoarding disorder

    Harvard Health Blog Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions--even when we no longer need them. I have a collection of greeting cards I've been storing since childhood and will probably never look at again. My husband owns a few pieces of...