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Understanding antioxidants - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Jan 31, 2019 · Understanding antioxidants. January 31, 2019. Some vitamins and minerals — including vitamins C and E and the minerals copper, zinc, and selenium — serve as antioxidants, in addition to other vital roles. "Antioxidant" is a general term for any compound that can counteract unstable molecules called free radicals that damage DNA, cell ...

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Medical Dictionary of Health Terms: A-C - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Dec 13, 2011 · A. 5-alpha reductase: A chemical that changes the sex hormone testosterone into a substance called dihydrotestosterone.This hormone can cause the prostate gland to grow abnormally. abdominal muscles: A flat sheet of muscles on the front of the abdomen, between the ribcage and the pelvis. abdominoplasty: A procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and …

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Age and muscle loss - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Nov 11, 2021 · The pro­cess begins earlier than you might think. Sarcope­nia—defined as age-related muscle loss—can begin at around age 35 and occurs at a rate of 1-2 percent a year for the typical person. After age 60, it can accelerate to 3 percent a year. The loss may be mild, moderate, or severe—or muscles can remain in the normal range.

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All Mental Health Articles | Page 1 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) May 04, 2022 · The worst habits for your brain. Published April 1, 2022. Many habits can contribute to poor brain health, but four areas can have the most influence. They are the four S’s: sitting, socializing, sleep, and stress. Research has found that poor habits in these areas can affect cognitive skills like memory, learning, and problem solving, and ...

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Top ways to reduce daily stress - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 01, 2022 · Your muscles tense up under stress. Relieve that tension by stretching. "While sitting or standing, inhale, raise your arms overhead, lace your fingers together, stretch, release your fingers, and exhale as you lower your arms to each side. Repeat three times," Dr. Ramchandani says. Take a mindfulness break.

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COVID-19 basics - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 27, 2020 · Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of smell, and body ache. In some people, COVID-19 causes more severe symptoms like high fever, severe cough, and shortness of breath, which often indicates pneumonia. A person may have mild symptoms for about one week, then worsen rapidly.

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What is neurodiversity? - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Nov 23, 2021 · The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities. The neurodiversity movement emerged during the 1990s, aiming to increase acceptance and inclusion of all people ...

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Posted: (53 years ago) Activate your account and gain access to your subscriptions and purchased electronic special health reports. If you subscribe to any of Harvard's print newsletters, you are eligible to read articles from the current issue as well as any of that title's online archive. To create a login and password to activate your account, click below.

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Is it ok to use medications past their expiration dates?

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 13, 2018 · Some drugs did fail the stability test. Studies of liquid antibiotics, aspirin, nitroglycerin and insulin, for example, have found signs of physical decay. So, for these it's probably best not to use them past their manufacturer's expiration dates. Mefloquine, an antibiotic to prevent or treat malaria, and Epi-pens (injections of adrenaline for ...

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Treatments for COVID-19 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 12, 2022 · Paxlovid. On December 22, 2021, the FDA authorized an oral antiviral pill, called Paxlovid, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in people ages 12 and older who are at increased risk for severe illness. The treatment is available by prescription only, after a positive COVID-19 test and within five days of symptom onset.

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If you've been exposed to the coronavirus - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 12, 2022 · The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be two to 14 days. Symptoms typically appeared within five days for early variants, and within four days for the Delta variant. The incubation period appears to be even shorter – about three days – for the Omicron variant.

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All Exercise & Fitness Articles | Page 1 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) May 01, 2022 · Five hours of weekly exercise linked to fewer cancer cases. Published February 1, 2022. A study published online Oct. 4, 2021, by the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that about 46,000 U.S. cancer cases per year can be attributed to getting less than 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Result 1 - 10 of 1243.

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Pay Bill - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Thanks for visiting. Don't miss your FREE gift. The Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness, is yours absolutely FREE when you sign up to receive Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School. Sign up to get tips for living a healthy lifestyle, with ways to fight inflammation and improve cognitive health, plus the latest advances in preventative medicine, diet and exercise, pain relief, blood …

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Could a low-carb diet help your heart? - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 01, 2022 · Low-carb diets, so often rich in saturated fat, have long been viewed as unhealthy for your heart. But a study published online Sept. 28, 2021, by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a bit more saturated fat might be okay, if the dietary mix is otherwise healthy. The researchers determined that a carefully constructed low ...

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Telehealth: The advantages and disadvantages - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Oct 12, 2020 · Advantages of telehealth. Using technology to deliver health care has several advantages, including cost savings, convenience, and the ability to provide care to people with mobility limitations, or those in rural areas who don't have access to a local doctor or clinic. For these reasons, the use of telehealth has grown significantly over the ...

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Cholesterol: Understanding HDL vs. LDL - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 12, 2018 · By Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC, Contributor. There are two main types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). (Lipoproteins are made of fat and protein, and serve as vehicles for your cholesterol to travel through the blood.) Cardiologists are often asked about low-density lipoprotein (LDL) versus high-density ...

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Stopping hiccups - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) May 08, 2020 · You exhale and then take a very deep breath and hold it for 10 seconds. Then, without exhaling, you breathe in again, pause, and then breathe in a third time. The doctors theorize that stacking three inhalations in a row stops hiccups both by increasing CO 2 levels in the blood and by immobilizing the diaphragm.

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Best ways to manage stress - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Jan 08, 2015 · She offers the following ways to reduce or manage stress: Relaxation techniques. These are activities that trigger the relaxation response, a physiological change that can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, and stress hormones. You can achieve this with activities such as meditation, guided imagery ...

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2022 Annual Report on Prostate Diseases - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Most men eventually develop some type of prostate problem, and when they do there are usually no easy solutions. More than a primer on prostate conditions, this Special Health Report, the Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, includes roundtable discussions with experts at the forefront of prostate research, interviews with men about their treatment decisions, and the latest …

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Can dehydration cause headaches? - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 01, 2022 · A. Yes, insufficient fluid intake can cause headaches. Some people are much more prone than others to headaches related to dehydration, and people who are more susceptible can avoid the headaches by making sure they drink enough fluids daily. A water-deprivation headache can cause pain throughout the head or be more localized to the front or back.

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Preventing the spread of the coronavirus - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Feb 28, 2022 · Physical distancing, masks, vaccines, and other preventive measures Getting vaccinated and boosted is the best way to reduce your risk of symptoms, especially becoming severely ill, if you get COVID-19. But right along with vaccination are steps you can take to both avoid getting infected and help prevent spreading the virus to others.

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Understanding the results of your colonoscopy - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Oct 14, 2020 · Here's a primer on what your colonoscopy may reveal: Normal findings – This is what everyone hopes to hear! If no abnormalities are discovered, an adult at average risk of colon cancer is generally advised to have a repeat colonoscopy 10 years until age 75. Hemorrhoids – These are clumps of veins near the surface of the lining of the rectum.

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Anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Nov 11, 2021 · As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about, along came COVID-19 in early 2020 to push our anxiety to new heights. The reasons were not hard to discern — the threats of illness and possible death or lingering symptoms; job insecurity; social isolation (or its opposite, too much togetherness in small, crowded living spaces); the upending of daily routines; …

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11 foods that can help lower your cholesterol - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Aug 01, 2020 · 10. Soy. Eating soybeans and foods made from them, such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh, was once touted as a powerful way to lower cholesterol. More recent analyses showed the effect is modest, at best. Still, protein-rich, soy-based foods are a far healthier choice than a hamburger or other red meat. 11.

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A practical guide to the Mediterranean diet - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 21, 2019 · Eat nuts and olives. Consume a handful of raw nuts every day as a healthy replacement for processed snacks. Add whole-grain bread or other whole grains to the meal. Select dense, chewy, country-style loaves without added sugar or butter. Experiment with bulgur, barley, farro, couscous, and whole-grain pasta.

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Polychondritis - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 11, 2022 · Polychondritis is a systemic (body-wide) illness. Common symptoms include: Fatigue or malaise. Fever. Red, swollen, painful (inflamed) ears, hearing loss, dizziness. Ears that are "floppy," that is, they are softer than normal, limp or droopy. Inflammation over the bridge of the nose, nasal congestion. Arthritis.

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Treating fever in adults - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 25, 2020 · Get plenty of rest. Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or others), naproxen, (Aleve, Naprosyn, or others), acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or aspirin to help relieve head and body aches and lower your temperature. Take a slightly warm, not cool, bath or apply damp washcloths to the forehead and wrists. Dress lightly (even if you have chills).

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The mental health crisis among children and teens: How parents …

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 08, 2022 · Mental health is just as important as physical health. First and foremost, we must understand that. If a child has a fever or a persistent cough, parents react — they pay attention and reach out for help. But if a child seems sad or irritable, or less interested in activities they used to enjoy, they tend to think of it as a phase, or teen ...

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Positive Psychology - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Positive Psychology. There is power in positive thinking. Positive emotions are linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being. On the other hand, chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease. For some people, being happy comes naturally and …

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The best core exercises for older adults - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 01, 2021 · Tighten your abdominal muscles and lower your upper body onto your forearms, aligning your shoulders directly over your elbows and keeping your feet in the air behind you. Keep your back straight, making your body as much like a "plank" as possible. Hold the position and return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

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Urinary Tract Infection in Men - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Mar 19, 2019 · Most cases of urinary tract infections occur in women. Of those that occur in men, relatively few affect younger men. In men older than 50, the prostate gland (a gland near the bottom of the bladder, close to the urethra) can enlarge and block the flow of urine from the bladder. This condition is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.

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Fatty liver disease: What it is and what to do about it

Posted: (53 years ago) Jan 10, 2019 · Weight loss of roughly 5% of your body weight might be enough to improve abnormal liver tests and decrease the fat in the liver. Losing between 7% and 10% of body weight seems to decrease the amount of inflammation and injury to liver cells, and it may even reverse some of the damage of fibrosis. Target a gradual weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds ...

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How to hydrate - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Jul 01, 2021 · How to hydrate. Proper hydration is vital all year round. Here’s how to keep your daily water intake flowing. Humans can live for about three weeks without food, but they can last only three or four days without water. Even though the liquid is essential for life, an estimated 40% of seniors are chronically underhydrated, and adults ages 65 ...

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Hip Replacement: Is the timing right? - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Feb 19, 2020 · Given the average life span for Americans, many of the older adults who get a new hip in their 60s or 70s may never need to have it replaced. This is why most people are encouraged to delay total hip replacement until at least their 60s, if possible. If you are in your 40s or 50s, a new hip is likely to wear out during your lifetime.

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The hidden dangers of protein powders - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 10, 2020 · Some protein powders have little added sugar, and others have a lot (as much as 23 grams per scoop). Some protein powders wind up turning a glass of milk into a drink with more than 1,200 calories. The risk: weight gain and an unhealthy spike in blood sugar. The American Heart Association recommends a limit of 24 grams of added sugar per day ...

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Hypothyroidism symptoms and signs in an older person

Posted: (53 years ago) May 22, 2021 · An older person with hypothyroidism might have constipation because stool moves more slowly through the bowels. Joint or muscle pain. Vague joint pain is a classic hypothyroidism symptom. It sometimes is the only symptom of hypothyroidism in an older person. Many people experience general muscle aches, particularly in large muscle groups like ...

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Dean Ricciardi - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator at Harvard Health Publishing. Dean Ricciardi is the Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator at Harvard Health Publishing, supporting the work of the editors and staff, copyediting, managing content, and working with HHP’s outside tech partners. He received a BA from Boston University and has over 20 years ...

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All Anxiety Articles | Page 1 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) May 04, 2022 · The mental health crisis among children and teens: How parents can help. Published March 8, 2022. Alarming rates of anxiety and depression are affecting children and teens across the US. While calls are made to expand much-needed programs and access to services, there are actions parents can take today to support their children’s mental health.

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Healthy eating for a healthy thyroid - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Dec 07, 2017 · Most iodine-rich foods, such as iodized products or fish, are acceptable. Aside from these restrictions, you are free to eat whatever you want, but aim for a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Adopting a nutritious diet for your thyroid not only keeps you feeling good once your thyroid levels are normal ...

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Six simple ways to smarter, healthier eating - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Feb 13, 2021 · How: First, for one week, keep track of how often you eat fruits and vegetables. One serving equals one-half cup of chopped fruit or most vegetables; for raw leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, a serving is one cup. Once you have your baseline, try adding one fruit or vegetable serving a day. 6) Plan meals that are delightful, delicious ...

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COVID-19 diagnosis raises risk of heart attack, stroke

Posted: (53 years ago) Nov 01, 2021 · In the week after a COVID-19 diagnosis, the risk of a first heart attack increased by three to eight times. The risk of a first stroke caused by a blood clot multiplied by three to six times. In the following weeks, both risks decreased steadily but stayed elevated for at least a month. Other bacterial and viral infections (such as influenza ...

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High blood pressure at the doctors office but not at home?

Posted: (53 years ago) Sep 01, 2019 · The white-coat effect. For the study, researchers pooled findings from 27 studies involving more than 64,000 people in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Compared with people whose blood pressure was normal both at the doctor's office and at home, people with untreated white-coat hypertension had a 36% higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and ...

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Oxytocin: The love hormone - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Jul 20, 2021 · Oxytocin is a hormone that’s produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland. Its main function is to facilitate childbirth, which is one of the reasons it is called the "love drug" or "love hormone." Oxytocin both stimulates the muscles of the uterus to contract, and boosts the production of ...

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Borderline Personality Disorder - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Apr 24, 2019 · Borderline personality disorder is characterized by poor self-image, a feeling of emptiness, and great difficulty coping with being alone. People with this disorder have highly reactive and intense moods, and unstable relationships. Their behavior can be impulsive. They are also more likely than average to attempt or commit suicide.

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Immunotherapy: What you need to know - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Jan 24, 2019 · Immunotherapy has been very successful for certain types of advanced cancers, such as lung, bladder, and skin cancers. One form of immunotherapy is called an immune checkpoint inhibitor. It takes the brakes off immune cells, unlocking their ability to detect altered proteins on cancer cells in order to attack and kill these cells.

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Fighting fatigue - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) Dec 01, 2020 · Here are some tips to help you get your energy back. If you have felt like you are dragging lately, you may be wondering what is going on. Fatigue is a common symptom that can be caused by a whole host of factors, from medical conditions and stress to poor sleep, says Dr. Stephanie Tung, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an attending …

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All Stroke Articles | Page 1 - Harvard Health

Posted: (53 years ago) May 01, 2022 · A Harvard study published online Nov. 13, 2021, by The New England Journal of Medicine found that people who consumed the most sodium chloride had a 60% higher risk of a major cardiovascular event (a heart attack, a stroke, cardiac stent placement, or surgery) compared with those who consumed the least. People who consumed the most potassium ...

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