Health Tip of the Day
Practical, daily tips covering health and wellness topics written by Harvard Medical School physicians. Health Tip of the Day can enhance a website, electronic newsletter or a print calendar as a way to achieve daily reinforcement of a brand or message.
Suspected heart attack? Get help - October 8, 2014
It's much easier to live with embarrassment than with a damaged heart. So if you feel like you're having a heart attack, call your emergency number sooner rather than later.
Chocolate and cholesterol - October 8, 2014
Chocolate contains a lot of saturated fat, but it is largely stearic acid, which doesn't boost cholesterol levels. Even a daily ounce or so of milk chocolate doesn't appear to harm cholesterol levels, although it does add fat and sugar to your diet!
Smoking and genetics - October 8, 2014
Genes may have an effect on smoking habits. People who smoke a lot have similar genes. Those same genes are linked to more difficulty quitting. Differences in brain chemistry also play a role in how easily a person becomes addicted to nicotine.
Many conditions cause memory problems - October 8, 2014
Many people equate Alzheimer's disease with dementia. But there are more than 50 different conditions that cause memory loss and problems with thinking.
Deep breathing for BP control - October 8, 2014
Looking for a way to lower your blood pressure a few points? Try breathing more slowly and deeply when you think your pressure might be rising. Even better, doing this for a few minutes each day may help keep your blood pressure under control.
Caffeine and blood pressure - October 8, 2014
Drinking coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine temporarily boosts blood pressure in people who aren't used to caffeine, but not in those who regularly drink caffeinated beverages.
Synthetic soaps - October 8, 2014
Soap is alkaline, meaning it can be irritating even to normal skin, which tends to be slightly acidic. If your skin is irritated by regular soap, try using synthetic soaps often identified on the package as being "soap-free." They more closely match the acidity of the skin.
Smoking and eye disorders - October 8, 2014
Smoking increases the risk of several eye disorders, including age-related macular degeneration. Quitting lowers that risk.
Fiber and produce - October 8, 2014
One way to get more fiber in your diet is to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Try starting off the day with a bowl of high-fiber cereal topped with some fruit.
Guideline for moderate-intensity exercise - October 8, 2014
Here's an easy way to tell if you are doing moderate-intensity exercise: you should notice that your heart is beating faster and you are breathing faster, but you should still be able to talk comfortably. If you have trouble saying more than a couple words at a time, you are doing vigorous-intensity activity.