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  • Study: Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk Of Some Cancers

    What if an aspirin a day could keep cancer away? A growing body of scientific research suggests that aspirin can prevent some cancers of the digestive system, and maybe even breast and prostate, too. In the latest study, published recently in the...
  • 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...
  • Floaters and flashes can warn of trouble in the eye

    Harvard Health Blog "Floaters" and flashes are a common sight for many people. Floater is a catchall term for the specks, threads, or cobweb-like images that occasionally drift across the line of vision. Flashes are sparks or strands of light that...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Healthy lifestyle helps curb age-related hair loss in women

    Q: I'm a 60-year-old woman. What can I do to promote hair growth? A: As we grow older, our hair growth declines. Genetics comes into play, as well. Almost 50 percent of women older than 40 have "androgenetic alopecia." This is an inherited type of hair...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Why settle for silence? Tech advances improving treatment for hearing loss

    Getting older comes with many challenges. Vision isn't as clear as it used to be. Joints don't move as effortlessly, or as painlessly, as they once did. And hearing everything from conversations to concerts can become more difficult. By age 65, one in...
  • 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...