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  • 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...
  • What causes very low blood pressure?

    Q: My blood pressure stays low. Sometimes it drops so low that it causes dizziness and weakness. What can cause this? A: Many healthy people have low blood pressure. In fact, no specific blood pressure reading is considered too low, as long as the person...
  • Low-dose corticosteroids relieve the pain of PMR

    Q: I've been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What is it? What treatment is used for the associated pain? A: Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) is a condition that causes the sudden onset of aching, stiffness and fatigue in older adults. Symptoms are...
  • 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...
  • Lab mice get addicted to sun exposure; you might too

    Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found that mice who were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not...
  • Explore alternatives before opting for joint replacement surgery

    By the summer of 2013, Joan Chiverton had endured nearly three years of knee pain. She'd had enough. "I love to walk and I'm a very active person, and I'd have to stop after every couple of blocks and take a break," says Chiverton, an illustrator who...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Many factors can influence blood sodium level

    Q: My blood tests indicate show that I have a low sodium level. It was 127 mEq/L on the most recent test. It was 130 mEq/L the year before. What can cause this? A: The normal level of sodium in the blood is between 135 mEq/L (milliequivalents per liter)...
  • When caring for a loved one, too many caregivers go it alone

    Harvard Health Blog History is repeating itself in my family. My mother has Parkinson's disease, and my father is her caregiver. Forty years ago, my mom was the caregiver for her own mother, who had advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia. I didn't...
  • Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools
    Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Yeah, the VA scandal is dismaying. But don't spike the ball on government health care yet, conservatives

     
    From the Sunday print column Yes, the Veterans Affairs scandal is bad. Fraudulent record-keeping designed to cover up intolerable wait times for health care. Scores of patients who reportedly died while awaiting medical services. And therefore, yes, an...