| Nov 20, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Harvard Health Blog
Updated cholesterol guidelines released Nov. 12 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology aim to prevent more heart attacks and strokes than ever by boosting the number of Americans who take statins....
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:02 AM
Q: The best tip I ever received for mosquito bites is to dab on hydrogen peroxide. I have very sensitive skin, and bites used to get very swollen and itch for weeks.
Now, I apply drugstore hydrogen peroxide, and in less than 15 minutes, I have no itch...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Statins are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world, and their cholesterol-lowering properties are reducing heart disease risk for millions of people. Like many other drugs, most statins are available in generic and brand-name versions....
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: My doctor just prescribed atorvastatin (Lipitor) for high cholesterol. The instructions said: "Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication." I love grapefruit. Do I need to avoid it completely?
A: Like you, I love...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 5:10 PM
Q: I took cetirizine (Zyrtec) for about four months, and when I stopped, I started to itch horribly. First my feet, and then my hands and scalp acted up.
I didn't know what was wrong until I read on your website about other people suffering withdrawal...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 5:33 PM
The Food & Drug Administration on Monday barred the import of any medications made at the premier manufacturing plant of one of the world's largest makers of generic medications, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.
The FDA cited Ranbaxy's failure to respond...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Q: I keep reading in your column that gin-soaked raisins are good for arthritis because of the juniper flavoring in the gin. Why not dispense with the raisins and gin and just eat juniper berries?
A: No one knows why some people seem to benefit from the...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Millions of people take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. But the medications may also interfere with the positive effects of exercise in some patients, according to a small study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology....
| Feb 13, 2013
| 5:17 PM
Q: I hate having to get up three or four times a night to urinate. Around 3 or 4 in the morning, I have trouble getting back to sleep.
I have discovered that when I take ibuprofen for post-exercise soreness, I am much less likely to be awakened by my...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 2:30 AM
The older we get, the more likely we are to develop heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic health problems. Treating these diseases can require a cocktail of medications, which is why nearly half of older adults take five or more pills a...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 11:28 AM
Q: For convenience, I keep my cellphone on vibrate in my bra. I have heard that you shouldn't keep your cellphone close to your ear for long periods. Does the same hold true for your bra?
I know it sounds odd, but it's also a good way to hide your...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 12:08 PM
Q: My doctor always washes his hands before an exam, but he never seems to wipe down his stethoscope. This makes me nervous, but perhaps I am being silly. Should I ask about the stethoscope next time?
A: Stethoscopes can carry all sorts of nasty bacteria...