Harvard Medical School

The 19 Best Foods for Health and Happiness

If a single food was guaranteed to make you instantly slim or happy, or end your allergy woes, stores would have to fight back the feverish shoppers. …

Healthy Eating

Google Maps pulls cupcake calorie-counting feature after backlash

A new Google feature that may have seemed sweet quickly turned sour.<p>Google Maps recently tested a feature that showed users how many calories they could burn if they walked a route instead of driving it. To illustrate those calories, the app said how many mini-cupcakes a person would burn during …

News (U.S.)

These 4 Swim Gear Must-Haves Will Help You Crush Your Next Triathlon

The water sport is the perfect workout—here's what you need to get started<p>Your regular workout routine probably goes something like this: a quick warmup on the treadmill, lifting, and then a finisher exercise—maybe some abs. But according to a new health report from Harvard University, there’s …

Triathlons

Machine learning tool can help identify high-risk breast lesions with 97 percent accuracy

A <b>machine learning</b> tool can help identify which high-risk breast lesions are likely to become cancerous with 97 percent accuracy, an advance that may …

Machine Learning

Breaking the Cycle

<i>Interested in recieving useful addiction and recovery information?</i><p>Subscribe to Breaking the Cycle, a free email newsletter where the experts at …

Medical School

The 5 best exercises for your body, according to a Harvard professor of medicine

Running not included.<p>The best exercise for your body is a hotly-disputed topic, but now I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School has waded in with five recommendations. And some of them are fairly surprising, given that running doesn't appear in the line-up at all.<p>The …

Exercise

What Happens to Mental Health at Work When Our Devices Know How We Feel?

Stressed? Depressed? Distracted? Overwhelmed? The cognitive and emotional demands on managers have rarely been more complicated or intense. One recent global research survey of employee assistance programs found that, combined, employee anxiety, stress, and depression accounted for over 80% of all …

Mental Health

Walking is one of the best exercises for your body, a Harvard doctor reveals

Plus, four other effective forms of exercise for the body<p>For people who are filled with dread at the prospect of going to the gym, then you're in …

Exercise

After Medical Errors, Patients Want Doctors To Hear Them Out

"The importance of individualized engagement and empathy is really the take-home lesson."<p>(Reuters Health) - When medical errors lead to serious injuries, patients and families may feel better when doctors take the time to listen to their feelings about the mistake and explain what can be done to …

Health Care

Checklists are boring, but death is worse

Doctors and nurses operate amid a blizzard of new information that can save the lives of people who not long ago would have died. But all the …

Medicine

U.S. and Korea Search for Wooly Mammoth DNA in Arctic, in Race to Clone Extinct Beast

They are using different approaches to the de-extinction issue—and only one can be first.

DNA

Genetic testing to predict medication side effects

<i>Follow me on Twitter</i> @RobShmerling<p>Medication side effects are a big problem. It’s estimated that about half of filled prescriptions are not taken as …

Medicine

The best thing you can do to keep your child safe from bullying

<i>Follow me on Twitter</i> @drClaire<p>If you want to stop your child from being bullied — or better yet, prevent it in the first place — there is a very …

Parenting

The best exercises for your body, according to a Harvard doctor

Many of us think that pounding the pavement is the best and only way to get into shape.<p>Running has many things going for it (mental space, …

Exercise

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest ticket to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive …

Exercise

"Hazards of Homosexuality" flier distributed at Values Voter summit

According to its preface, the book "aims to alert the public — especially young people and their parents — on the serious physical and physiological health dangers inherent in adopting a 'gay,' lesbian or bisexual (GLB) identity."<p>The book says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on <i>Obergefell v. Hodges,</i> …

LGBTQ

How a Gilded-Age Heiress Became the 'Mother of Forensic Science'

Frances Glessner Lee created meticulous and gruesome dioramas of murder scenes, which are still used to train police today.<p>Frances Glessner Lee grew up in the Gilded Age as the heiress to a fortune made in industrial farm equipment. Her childhood was “sheltered and indulged.” She would marry at age …

Women's News

Write your anxieties away

In the late 1980s, psychologist James Pennebaker developed a form of writing therapy called expressive writing. When you engage in expressive …

The Brain

Researchers Find Women Make Better Surgeons Than Men

If you had a choice between going under the knife with a female surgeon or a male surgeon, which would you choose? Would your surgeon's gender even …

Medicine

Other conditions may be causes of chest pain

Heart disease not the only reason for that feeling of angina<p>Published: July, 2017<p>Although chest pain is often—and rightfully— associated with heart …

Pain

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Workout Dials Down Chronic Stress

There's no question that integrating yoga into your life can manifest substantial benefits for both your physical and mental well-being. In reality, …

Yoga

Brain Chemicals Glutamate and Glycine Elevated in First-Episode Psychosis

Young people in their first episode of psychosis show elevations in the brain chemicals glutamate and glycine, according to a new study published in …

Neuroscience

Letters from magazine readers

Sept. 17 issue<p>“THE SMALLEST CLUES” BY DAVID MONTGOMERY<p>I was so pleased to see that these dioramas still exist! I was an architect working for Harvard Medical School in the mid-1960s when I saw these at the school. If I remember correctly, they were displayed in a domed room, one after another, at …

Lifestyle

Exercise: Can a few minutes a day keep a hip fracture away?

Let’s face it: we are all getting older. As I write this, I am aging, and as you read this, you are, too! Today I want to talk about an aspect of …

Exercise

Gender Pub Gap

Gender Pub GapNew study documents gender disparity in computational research publications By GRETA FRIARThu, 2017-10-12Women are consistently …

Research

How the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation Train Scientists of the Future

While it sounds straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, Kevin Strange (CEO and cofounder) and his cofounder, Viravuth Yin, along with another researcher, …

Medical School

Talking to children about tragedies in the news

The news these days is overwhelming in its awfulness. There have been horrible hurricanes, the earthquake in Mexico — and the incomprehensible …

Harvard

Good news about the HPV vaccine

<i>Follow me on Twitter</i> @RobShmerlingDid you know certain viruses can cause cancer? Two common examples include hepatitis C (which is linked with liver …

Public Health

MeTro glue is injected directly into wounds and seals in 60 seconds

In hospitals all around the world, wounds are sealed every day with surgical adhesives rather than stitches. A new type of surgical adhesive is being …

Medical School

Watch This Baby Do Push-Ups, and Instantly Feel Like the Laziest Person Alive

More of this please.<p>On Thursday, CrossFit posted a fitspirational video to its Instagram page showing a mom and her 6-month-old baby boy doing what looks like push-ups together — and the Internet is loving it.<p>Last Monday, Janzen Hall, a trainer at CrossFit Chanute in Chanute, Kansas, says she was …

Babies