The best snacks for your bodyAffiliate

The best snacks for your body

Even if you eat healthy meals, you can’t always pack in all the vitamins, minerals, fats, protein and produce that…

Exercise safely in winter weatherAffiliate

Exercise safely in winter weather

Your exercise routine doesn’t have to go into hibernation in the winter. Winter exercise is beneficial for almost anyone, provided…

Why does hair turn gray?Affiliate

Why does hair turn gray?

If you look at photos of President Obama taken before he ran for president and since he left office, you’ll…

When should you keep your child home from school?Affiliate

When should you keep your child home from school?

Now that we are really in the throes of sick season I am often asked about when you should keep…

Acupuncture: A point in the right direction, or a stab in the dark?Affiliate

Acupuncture: A point in the right direction, or a stab in the dark?

Acupuncture is a treatment that dates back to around 100 B.C. in China. It is based on traditional Chinese concepts…

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffeeAffiliate

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee

What a difference a few years can make. Not long ago, I was learning about the dangers of coffee —…

Should you bank your baby’s cord blood?Affiliate

Should you bank your baby’s cord blood?

Expectant parents (including my own children) often ask me about banking their newborn’s cord blood. They see a lot of…

Simple strategies to relieve stressAffiliate

Simple strategies to relieve stress

Your misplaced wallet. A dead car battery. It’s easy to encounter situations that can make you feel stressed. But it’s…

Nitrous Oxide Provides Pain Relief During ChildbirthLatest News

Nitrous Oxide Provides Pain Relief During Childbirth

Nitrous oxide — commonly called laughing gas because it creates a feeling of euphoria — is well-known as a sedative…

Help for erectile dysfunction beyond popping a pillAffiliate

Help for erectile dysfunction beyond popping a pill

The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts Q: Now that I am getting older, I have occasional problems keeping an…

Is your sleep routine keeping you up at night?Affiliate

Is your sleep routine keeping you up at night?

Falling asleep at night might be the hardest thing you do all day. Thanks to “go-go-go” lives filled with work…

Power up on foods packed with vitamin EAffiliate

Power up on foods packed with vitamin E

Vitamin E may be a star of the supplement aisle, but food is where this nutrient truly shines. After almost…

How much can families contribute to an HSA?Affiliate

How much can families contribute to an HSA?

Q: I picked a high-deductible health insurance policy for 2018 that covers my whole family. How much can I contribute…

Get relief from corns and callusesAffiliate

Get relief from corns and calluses

Q: Why do people get corns and calluses on their feet? What can I do to relieve the discomfort? A:…

The Kid’s Doctor: A discussion on prebiotics and probioticsAffiliate

The Kid’s Doctor: A discussion on prebiotics and probiotics

There have been plenty of discussions about using prebiotics and probiotics in your child’s diet, and there has been a…

Yoga could complement traditional treatment for depressionAffiliate

Yoga could complement traditional treatment for depression

New research on yoga has yielded promising evidence that it could complement traditional treatment for depression. The scientific study of…

Is a wrap healthier than a sandwich?Affiliate

Is a wrap healthier than a sandwich?

  Q: Are wraps healthier than sandwiches? A: That depends. Some tortilla wraps contain more calories and carbohydrates than two…

Your brain on chocolateAffiliate

Your brain on chocolate

Did you know that places where chocolate consumption is highest have the most Nobel Prize recipients? It’s true, at least…

Many adults don’t get the amount of vitamin D they shouldAffiliate

Many adults don’t get the amount of vitamin D they should

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have heard different recommendations from different sources regarding vitamin D. One doctor told my husband that…

For people with multiple sclerosis, can exercise change the brain?Affiliate

For people with multiple sclerosis, can exercise change the brain?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of unknown cause in which the covering lining of nerve fibers (called myelin) is…

New shingles vaccine offers more protectionAffiliate

New shingles vaccine offers more protection

The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts   Q: I recently read that the new shingles vaccine might be better…

Is it healthy to replace a meal with a nutritional shake?Affiliate

Is it healthy to replace a meal with a nutritional shake?

Shakes have often held a place of favor in the nutrition world; first there were protein shakes — the answer…

Help slow lung scarring in pulmonary fibrosisAffiliate

Help slow lung scarring in pulmonary fibrosis

Q: I was recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I realize I won’t be cured. But what might I do to…

Women: Don’t ignore these 3 subtle heart attack symptomsAffiliate

Women: Don’t ignore these 3 subtle heart attack symptoms

We always associate chest pain with heart attacks, and for good reason, but it’s not the whole story — especially…

Skip out on high-sodium foodsAffiliate

Skip out on high-sodium foods

For almost half a century now, health organizations, health professionals, researchers and government agencies have recommended that we reduce our…

Morning sickness doesn’t pose health threat for most pregnant womenAffiliate

Morning sickness doesn’t pose health threat for most pregnant women

Mayo Clinic Q&A DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m 15 weeks pregnant and have had horrible morning sickness from the beginning of…

A good mood equals a faster metabolismFamily Health

A good mood equals a faster metabolism

A fast metabolism, a happy outlook — these are two things we can all agree are worth chasing. And now,…

Can probiotics help treat depression and anxiety?Affiliate

Can probiotics help treat depression and anxiety?

Harvard Health Blog There is a lot of interest right now in the human microbiome (the populations of bacteria that…

10 ways to keep your Thanksgiving stress-freeAffiliate

10 ways to keep your Thanksgiving stress-free

Filled with family, friends and delicious food, Thanksgiving is a great holiday — unless you’re the cook. If you signed…

Food Safety Tips — From Start to Finish — For Thanksgiving DinnerLatest News

Food Safety Tips — From Start to Finish — For Thanksgiving Dinner

For most people, Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest and most busily prepared meal they cook all year. From menu planning…

Choosing a Healthcare Plan: Experts Share Their Top 10 TipsBusiness of Healthcare

Choosing a Healthcare Plan: Experts Share Their Top 10 Tips

With all of the debate and chaos surrounding health insurance, it’s no surprise that there’s so much confusion now that…

All of Us Research Aims to Reflect a Diverse PopulationBusiness of Healthcare

All of Us Research Aims to Reflect a Diverse Population

When Ambien was introduced to the market, the standard dose was a godsend for those needing a sleeping aid —…

Guide to Medicare open enrollment for 2018Affiliate

Guide to Medicare open enrollment for 2018

Ah, the rituals of fall: The leaves change color. The temperature drops. Sweaters and boots pop out of the closet.…

How we can all help protect babies with immunizationsAffiliate

How we can all help protect babies with immunizations

Harvard Health Blog When you are pregnant, what you hear from people around you makes a difference. You want to…

Is ibuprofen before exercise risky?Affiliate

Is ibuprofen before exercise risky?

Q: I often take a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen before I go out for a jog to help the muscle…

Take a hike for better healthAffiliate

Take a hike for better health

You don’t need to summit Mount Everest to net the many benefits of hiking. Even a moderate one-hour hike can…

Good fat, bad fat, low fatAffiliate

Good fat, bad fat, low fat

The fortunes of dietary fat have not followed a straight line. As a nutrient, it has been vilified, forgiven and,…

You’ve Gotta Have HeartFeatures

You’ve Gotta Have Heart

Taking steps to protect your ticker Let’s get to the heart of the matter. The heart is one of the…

The Heart’s Hidden RisksFeatures

The Heart’s Hidden Risks

Are you aware of these lesser-known factors for cardiovascular disease? Most of us know the drill when it comes to…

Hope for HeartsFeatures

Hope for Hearts

Major innovations in cardiac treatment happening right here in Chicago There are some fields of medicine where advancement is happening…

Outpatient SurgeryBusiness of Healthcare

Outpatient Surgery

Ambulatory care centers can cost less, offering an alternative for low-risk patients When faced with an upcoming surgery, you might…

Healing Heart and SoulFeatures

Healing Heart and Soul

Many patients with cardiac disease also suffer from depression When people used to ask Jang Jaswal, 61, what he did…

Mind Your MedsFeatures

Mind Your Meds

Not taking heart medications can lead to serious effects You go to your doctor, receive a prescription and never get…

Peanut Free NationFamily Health

Peanut Free Nation

The rise of food allergies and what researchers are doing to prevent them When I was in grade school, there…

Myth vs FactBriefs

Myth vs Fact

We asked leading Chicago doctors to weigh in on these common health conceptions Myth or Fact? Soy is harmful to…

Are Pap Tests Becoming  Obsolete?Briefs

Are Pap Tests Becoming Obsolete?

Since 2012, gynecologists have asked women to schedule a Pap smear every three years, instead of annually. But is it…

Music in the O.R.Briefs

Music in the O.R.

While you’re lying sedated on the operating room table, your surgeon may be rocking out. Music is played in the…

Supporting Medicare Patients After ChemoBriefs

Supporting Medicare Patients After Chemo

The almost 1.7 million people diagnosed with cancer each year face a range of hurdles, but a new healthcare approach…

Downsizing DilemmasAging

Downsizing Dilemmas

Easing seniors’ transition to a smaller space Dorothy Beatty was an anomaly when it came to downsizing, says her son,…

Sex & MenopauseFamily Health

Sex & Menopause

What women should know about intimacy and midlife changes If there’s one message that Lauren Streicher, MD, wants to share…