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  • Home monitoring a handy way to help control your blood pressure

    There's an easy way to help reduce hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure: Start monitoring at home. It's easy, inexpensive and effective. "Blood pressure has to be measured regularly at home, not just once in a while at a doctor's...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: 'Pre-hypertension' is a new term to identify people at risk for high blood pressure

    Q: I'm 60 years old. My blood pressure is around 130/80. In the past, I've always been told I have normal blood pressure. Now my doctor says I have "pre-hypertension." What does this mean? Do I need treatment? A: I can understand your confusion. Here's...
  • Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents

    Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents
    Can we spend a few minutes talking about Noreen Bruce? She's the mom of Grayson Bruce, the 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was harassed at school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack, which he uses as a lunch box. You've probably heard his story....
  • You can preserve youthful skin without cosmetic surgery

    Source: Harvard Women's Health Watch Age isn't kind to skin. Years of accumulated sun exposure leave their mark in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. By the time you reach your 60s or 70s, much of the damage has already been done, but...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Dietary changes can help control intestinal gas

    Q: I try to eat a healthy diet -- lots of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, but it's causing me to have a lot of flatulence. Any suggestions? A: Flatulence (intestinal gas) is normal. It's a by-product of eating many of the foods we consider healthy...
  • Drink to your health - with tea

    Harvard Health Blog I've never been much of a tea drinker. To me, the flavor is reminiscent of twigs soaked in warm dishwater. I don't mean to disparage the tea enthusiasts who "ooh" over their oolong and cherish every drop of their chai. Quite the...
  • Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • Breast cancer and BRCA mutations: Removing healthy breast saves lives

    Women considering a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer often face a difficult decision: whether to remove their healthy breast as well. A new study should make it easier for some of these women to make up their minds. It concludes...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad

    U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad
    The University of Illinois needs to clarify rules, improve training and strengthen the way it polices employees’ potential conflicts of interest, a top administrator said in a report released Tuesday. The recommendations stem from a...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Generalized anxiety disorder may require specialized treatment

    Q: What exactly is a panic attack? It feels like I'm uncomfortable and scared of everything. I need to return to work. Any helpful advice? A: A panic attack is a wave of intense fear. Added to the fear are uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as: A...
  • 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...