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How can you help a loved one suffering from loneliness?

How can you help a loved one suffering from loneliness?

Author: Stephanie Collier, MD, MPH, Contributor You are worried about your mother. Before the pandemic, you would visit her every week with your young children. They loved playing in her garden and eating homemade cookies together. You would take your mother to...

5 ways to ease pain using the mind-body connection

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?

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,...

Healthy headphone use: How loud and how long?

Healthy headphone use: How loud and how long?

Author: James Naples, MD, Contributor , Author: Valeria Duque, Au.D., CCC-A, Contributor , As our society and culture become more connected through technology, the use of headphones has increased. Headphones allow people to enjoy music and have conversations from...

4 parenting tips to break the negativity loop

4 parenting tips to break the negativity loop

Author: Jacqueline Sperling, PhD, Contributor “It’s a beautiful day outside,” you say, smiling. Your son replies, “It’s supposed to rain later.” You share, “That game was fun!” Your daughter adds, “I messed up one of my turns.” If you find that your child tends to...

3 easy ways to eat a healthier diet

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

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

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

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...

How to give yourself — and others — a break

How to give yourself — and others — a break

Author: Steve Calechman, Contributor Be kind to yourself. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Few would disagree that this advice would lead to a life filled with less fighting and more empathy. So, why don’t we always practice compassion? American culture can...

How to avoid a relapse when things seem out of control

How to avoid a relapse when things seem out of control

Author: Peter Grinspoon, MD, Contributor There is no one who would deny that this has been a stressful year. As the Grateful Dead said, “If the thunder don’t get you, the lightning will.” If you manage to avoid catching COVID, then you are probably at least contending...

Talking to your doctor about an abusive relationship

Talking to your doctor about an abusive relationship

Author: Rose McKeon Olson, MD, Contributor , Author: Annie Lewis-O'Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN, Contributor , When Jayden called our clinic to talk about worsening migraines, a medication change was one potential outcome. But moments into our telehealth visit, it...

3 simple strategies for stress relief

3 simple strategies for stress relief

Author: Kelly Bilodeau, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch The last few months of any year, with deadlines and holidays, often create a harried pace. The beginning of a new year can give you a chance to exhale. But even if you experience a few serene days...