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Harvard Health Blog Harvard Health Blog: You’ll find posts from Harvard Medical School physicians and our editors on a variety of health news and issues.

  • Recovering from addiction during a time of uncertainty and social distancing
    by Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS on April 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Because the very nature of recovery support involves face-to-face interaction, whether in support group meetings or dispensing medication, it is at odds with the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, creating barriers to receiving support and maintaining recovery. The post Recovering from addiction during a time of uncertainty and social distancing appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • EVALI: New information on vaping-induced lung injury
    by Molly Wolf, MD on April 3, 2020 at 10:30 am

    The surge in lung injuries and deaths related to the use of vaping products has raised many questions, along with concerns about potential long-term health issues caused by various ingredients and the heating process. The post EVALI: New information on vaping-induced lung injury appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19?
    by Dara K. Lee Lewis, MD on April 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Initial investigation into COVID-19 focused on its respiratory effects, but a more recent report describes serious cardiovascular complications in people with pre-existing heart disease. How does this underlying condition increase risk for these people? The post How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • Recognizing and treating depression may help improve heart health
    by Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth, MD on April 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Depression often occurs alongside cardiovascular disease, or may already exist and worsens with it, but frequently the symptoms go unrecognized. The American College of Cardiology recommends screening patients to identify symptoms of depression. The post Recognizing and treating depression may help improve heart health appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • Ranitidine (Zantac) recall expanded, many questions remain
    by Joshua Gagne, PharmD, ScD on April 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    The FDA has not yet released the results of its testing of the heartburn medication ranitidine. The testing method used by the online pharmacy that originally alerted the FDA may have affected their results. The post Ranitidine (Zantac) recall expanded, many questions remain appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

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