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  • Taking too much acetaminophen can be hazardous

    Cold and flu season is a good time to review the risks of acetaminophen -- the pain and fever reliever in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter medications. Billions of doses of acetaminophen are consumed safely every year, but deaths still occur from...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: There's no magic formula for finding the "best" bed to ease back pain

    Q: What kind of bed is best for back problems? A: Unfortunately, there is no single type of bed known to be best for back problems. For one thing, there are many types of back problems. What works well for one type of problem may not work well for...
  • Regular exercise pumps up memory, too

    Q: Does exercise really help you keep your memory? A: Regular exercise may protect against the "normal" memory decline of aging. I'm reluctant to think of any memory loss as normal, but by age 65, more than half of adults say they're concerned about...
  • Spinal stenosis may require a combination of treatments

    Q: How successful are spinal injections for nerve pain in the legs caused by spinal stenosis? A: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, the space in the back that surrounds and protects the spinal cord. The narrowing puts pressure on the...
  • Don't avoid straight talk about end-of-life health care

    Harvard Health Blog Birth, childhood, adulthood, and death span the book of life. Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid thinking or talking about how they want the final chapter to read. For the seriously ill or elderly--and even those who aren't--not...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Psychotherapy not appropriate for all trauma victims

    Q: My brother is a veteran who saw friends die in action. He refuses to go for psychotherapy. Should I insist that he go? A: After a trauma, suffering is common -- if not universal. But psychotherapy is not for everyone. In fact, some experts believe --...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Doctors have multiple treatment options for "twitchy" legs

    Q: I sometimes get "twitchy" legs at night. It disturbs my sleep. It's not painful; my muscles just sort of twitch. What could be causing this? Is there a way to prevent it? A: From your description, restless legs syndrome could be the cause of your...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Several factors figure into risk of abdominal aneurysm rupturing

    Q: I have an abdominal aneurysm that measures 4.7 centimeters. Is it safe to fly? A: Before answering your question, let's review some basic information. An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery caused by a weak spot in the artery wall. It's usually the...
  • Am I taking too much ibuprofen?

    Q: I've been taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets two or three times per day to ease pain and inflammation in my knees. Could it be harmful to do this for an extended period of time, say a year? A: Ibuprofen is one of the nonsteroidal...
  • The right diagnosis is key to effectively treating foot pain after walking

    Q: After walking about 1 kilometer, the balls on both feet are really sore. And I find it hard to walk around for about 2 hours after. What could this be? A: Pain in the balls of the feet is a common problem. The medical term is metatarsalgia. Some...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Tennis elbow more common in people who don't play tennis

    Q: My doctor says my elbow pain is due to tennis elbow. But I don't play tennis. Could you explain how this has come about and what I can do about it? A: "Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition doctors call lateral epicondylitis. It's caused by...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Treatment varies depending on the cause of ear congestion

    Q: I have recurrent ear congestion. What causes it? How can I treat it? A: The middle ear -- found behind the ear drum -- contains air. This air is normally able to enter and exit through the eustacean tube. This is a small canal between the middle ear...