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  • Start slowly when launching an exercise program at 66

    Q: I'm a 66-year-old man. My doctor told me I need to exercise more to maintain good health. What's the best exercise for a man my age? How often should I do it? What symptoms should I watch out for? A: Great to hear that you're taking your doctor's...
  • EatingWell: Don't let diabetes stop you from exercising

    It's a message you hear everywhere: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes. It's also a catch-22: Controlling diabetes can be so exhausting that some days just leaving the house feels like climbing a mountain....
  • Study: Emergency room closures can be deadly for area's residents

    It stands to reason that when a hospital emergency room closes, people in the surrounding neighborhood suffer. But how much? A new study quantifies the impact in California, finding that patients affected by ER closures were 5% more likely to die after...
  • Generic drugs vs. brand names: Switching could save you money

    A Prada handbag is definitely not the same as the $20 knockoff from a street vendor. Value-brand paper towels aren't nearly as absorbent as the name brands. Following this line of thought, it might be logical to assume that generic drugs are just cheap...
  • Let's end the wasteful war on drugs by putting science first

    Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And...
  • You may -- or may not -- need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • Beware of dietary supplements that could potentially be harmful

    Americans spend more than $32 billion on 85,000 different dietary supplements every year. These products contain various combinations of vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, and other substances. The manufacturers claim that their products enhance health,...
  • Heart programs at Sentara in Norfolk retain national ranking

    Heart programs at Sentara in Norfolk retain national ranking
    Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranked in the Top 50 programs nationwide for its Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Ear, Nose, and Throat programs in the latest annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The heart programs have taken national honors for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Anyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (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...
  • Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz

    Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz
    On March 15, 2000, the whales came ashore. Although they appeared to the uninitiated to be "weird-looking dolphins," marine biologist Ken Balcomb identified most of the victims as beaked whales. He could barely believe his eyes when he found the first...