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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Fight worries over food additives with a healthy diet

    Q: Do synthetic dyes, flavors and preservatives make the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse? A: There is little agreement on how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children. Many studies on this issue are...
  • Boston University student's phone 'wouldn't stop buzzing' at mile 23

    While Cambridge, Mass., resident Azeem Khan was a graduate student at Boston University, he would be swept up in the annual celebration surrounding the Boston Marathon. “The entirety of the city just celebrates this day,” said 25-year-old...
  • Getting back to exercise after illness: Let symptoms be your guide

    Q: When you've have a cold or the flu, how do you know when it's safe to continue a routine exercise program? A: Those who work hard to keep up a regular exercise program -- during or just after illness -- often ask this question. It's important to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Shingles is not contagious

    Q: Can I get shingles from another person? A: No, you can't, and here's why: Shingles is caused by a virus called varicella-zoster virus --"VZ virus" or just "VZV". Almost all adults have been infected with this virus. Many became infected in childhood....
  • Medication, therapy and exercise can help mediate spinal joint disease

    Q: What's the latest treatment for ankylosing spondylitis? Would using lasers to remove the osteophytes be a possible way of restoring flexibility to the spine? A: Ankylosing spondylitis is a joint disease. There is inflammation of the sacroiliac joints,...
  • Perimenopause unlikely cause of hot flashes at age 31

    Q: I have hot flashes, sweating, heat rashes and headaches. Could it be pre-menopause? I'm only 31. I'm not interested in having more children. Ideas? A: The symptoms you describe are typical for a woman approaching menopause. But you haven't mentioned...
  • 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...
  • Regular exercise can be a hearty prescription for longer life

    You don't have to be an athlete to make your heart stronger. Engaging in as little as 15 minutes of exercise per day can benefit your heart and even extend your life span. In one study, exercising 15 minutes a day for eight years reduced all-cause...
  • Debate lingers over the health benefits of coconut oil

    Environmental Nutrition Coconut oil has been hailed as the next super food in a jar, promising everything from weight loss to protection against Alzheimer's disease. While coconut oil has been used as part of the traditional diet in some Asian...
  • Some alternative methods can help treat, prevent headaches

    Q: I have frequent headaches. I don't like taking pain relievers. I've been told that vitamins can help prevent headaches. Is this true? What about other natural products? A: My first advice is to make an appointment with your primary care clinician....