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  • Help prevent migraine attacks with diet, medicines and more

    Q: I read that people who suffer from migraines should avoid sour cream, yogurt, nuts and peanut butter. Is that true? A: This may be true for some people with migraine. But the foods you mention are not on the usual list of the ones to avoid. The...
  • Food allergy or food intolerance? The symptoms vary

    Walk down the aisles of your local supermarket, and you'll see something you likely wouldn't have encountered a decade ago--shelves devoted entirely to gluten-free cereals, breads, muffins and other foods. Restaurants have also jumped on the bandwagon,...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: You can get relief from bronchitis without antibiotics

    Q: I'm generally very healthy, but when I get bronchitis, the cough usually lasts two weeks. I used to get an antibiotic. My new doctor says I don't need one. Is that right? A: Yes, your doctor is correct in not prescribing an antibiotic. Antibiotics...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Simple steps can prevent spread of superbugs

    Q: I share an apartment with another woman. She was told by her doctor that she has a MRSA skin infection. What's MRSA? Do I need to take an antibiotic? A: MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It's a type of Staph bacteria....
  • Managing your medications: The risks rise with age

    Source: Harvard Women's Health Watch How many pills do you take each day? Five? Six? Many people are on a multitude of medications, prescribed to treat several different health conditions. Yet not every medicine we take may be safe, effective, or...
  • Mystery sign sows cheer on Lake Shore Drive

    Mystery sign sows cheer on Lake Shore Drive
    One of Chicago's newest lakefront attractions is a simple plywood billboard — 11 feet by 15 feet — offering an unadorned message in lower-case lettering: "you are beautiful." It sits at ground level on Chicago Park District land on the...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Studies inconclusive on incontinence risk from hysterectomy

    Q: I may need a complete hysterectomy. I am 48 years old. Can a complete hysterectomy cause issues later in life with (urinary) incontinence? A: You pose a very important question, but the answer is still up for debate. Many studies attempting to...
  • New drugs offer easier, more effective Hepatitis C treatment

    Harvard Health Blog If you're a baby boomer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you be tested for infection with the hepatitis C virus. The virus can live in the liver for decades, often causing silent damage that...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Restless legs might improve with nutritional changes

    Q: I have restless legs syndrome. Can diet help? A: We don't know what causes restless legs syndrome, but we do know that it causes unpleasant or painful sensations in the legs. This could include tingling, pulling, or crawling, along with an urge to...
  • Unless they persist, heart palpitations are usually benign

    Have you ever experienced the sensation that your heart has skipped a beat or suddenly started to race or even pound? Those sensations are known as palpitations. While frightening, they're not usually a sign of something serious. "Palpitations are most...
  • Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA

    Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA
    Apparently, a Food and Drug Administration warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for,...
  • The Tipple: Snowed out of gym and bar? Here's why that's no problem.

     The Tipple: Snowed out of gym and bar? Here's why that's no problem.
    If you are reading this blog this afternoon, there’s a good chance you spent the earlier part of the day as I did, moving what felt like 13.66 tons of snow from your sidewalk and driveway. There is also a good chance that your gym is closed – ...