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  • Are expired medications still safe?

    Are expired medications still safe?
    It is 2 a.m. and that cough and stuffy nose you have been battling is still keeping you up. You reach for the nighttime cold relief medicine only to find it expired a few months ago. If you take a dose to ease your symptoms, will you be putting yourself...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Without other symptoms, rapid heartbeat when you're not exercising is rarely serious

    Q: Other than anxiety, what can cause your heart rate to increase when you're not exercising? A: Rather than just listing the causes, here's my approach to investigating a rapid heartbeat. First, I'd like to know if you have any other symptoms. That...
  • Don't avoid straight talk about end-of-life health care

    Harvard Health Blog Birth, childhood, adulthood, and death span the book of life. Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid thinking or talking about how they want the final chapter to read. For the seriously ill or elderly--and even those who aren't--not...
  • Blood pressure pill helps reduce diabetes complications

    Q: My doctor prescribed lisinopril for me because I have diabetes, even though my blood pressure has always been normal. My blood sugar came down to normal on pills. Do I really need another medicine? A: It depends more on your kidneys and your risk of...
  • Tennis elbow more common in people who don't play tennis

    Q: My doctor says my elbow pain is due to tennis elbow. But I don't play tennis. Could you explain how this has come about and what I can do about it? A: "Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition doctors call lateral epicondylitis. It's caused by...
  • Institution to discuss probe into STAP stem cell controversy

    Institution to discuss probe into STAP stem cell controversy
    It was hailed as a remarkable scientific breakthrough, one that could potentially revolutionize medicine by enabling the speedy production of highly versatile stem cells. Now, barely two months after scientists published papers in Nature claiming to...
  • David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight

    David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight
    When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
  • How to foster compassion in children

     How to foster compassion in children
    Are the ideas on offer to reform America's schools really the best we can come up with? Texas has embraced reforms, for example, that call for increasing the number of charter schools and eliminating some of the exams required to graduate from high...
  • In medicine, more care may not be better

     In medicine, more care may not be better
    The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
  • Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women

    Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women
    Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks — rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism — can hide in plain sight. Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis,...
  • Back pain: Doctors increasingly ignore clinical guidelines

    Back pain: Doctors increasingly ignore clinical guidelines
    Doctors have increasingly ignored clinical guidelines for the treatment of routine back pain by prescribing powerful and addictive narcotics instead of other recommended painkillers and by recommending unwarranted diagnostic imagery, according to a new...
  • Lazarus: GOP will stop at nothing to deny Obama his due on healthcare reform

    Lazarus: GOP will stop at nothing to deny Obama his due on healthcare reform
    "All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy." That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act. We've now...