5 ways to ease pain using the mind-body connection

Author: Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter I smashed my elbow a few weeks ago. There was no bone break — just a bad bruise after slipping in the kitchen and landing on my arm — but at times the pain has been excruciating. So I’ve been following...

Which test is best for COVID-19?

Author: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Now that we’re well into the COVID-19 pandemic, the steps we need to take to effectively control the outbreak have become clear: conscientious prevention measures like wearing masks,...

3 easy ways to eat a healthier diet

Author: Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter While many people might be taking a pass on formal New Year’s resolutions this year, others may mark a fresh start this month by resolving to make up for poor eating habits of the past. But this motivation...

The health effects of too much gaming

Author: Peter Grinspoon, MD, Contributor It is estimated that 164 million Americans — half of our population — play video games, also known as gaming. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just teens who play games. According to a recent survey, only 21% of gamers were...

Making the most of physical activity apps

Author: Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, Contributor One of the best moves you can make for your health is to get moving. “Walking is man’s best medicine” is a well-known quote from Hippocrates. Centuries later, we have multiple research studies that reveal the power of...

Executive function in children: Why it matters and how to help

Author: Johanna Calderon, PhD, Contributor Executive function refers to skills that help us focus, plan, prioritize, work toward goals, self-regulate behaviors and emotions, adapt to new and unexpected situations, and ultimately engage in abstract thinking and...
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