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A care quarterback for older adults
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A care quarterback for older adults

Switching to a geriatrician may be a wise move. In your 60s and 70s, your days might include pounding the tennis court, leading board meetings, or globe-trotting with your grandchildren — pursuits seemingly out of step with the notion that it might be a smart time to switch to a geriatrician. But if you’re as proactive about your health as you are about the other areas of your life, a geriatrician may indeed be the ideal choice. These internists complete additional training in the care of people 65 and older, evaluating each patient’s "big picture" to tailor advice and interventions to changing bodies and social structures. As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides acce...
Travel tummy troubles: Here’s how to prevent or soothe them
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Travel tummy troubles: Here’s how to prevent or soothe them

Traveling this summer and fall? Don’t forget to pack these digestion remedies. With COVID travel restrictions lifted, Americans are anxious to hit the road again. Some estimates suggest that 75% of us expect to travel domestically during the summer, and recent figures show that international travel from the United States more than doubled in May 2022 compared with last year. But when you pack your bags, keep digestive health in mind. Tummy problems like diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion are all-too-common travel companions. "Travel disrupts many of the body’s natural rhythms, including digestion says Dr. Kyle Staller, a gastroenterologist with Harvard-affiliated M...
Tracking viruses: The best clues may be in the sewer
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Tracking viruses: The best clues may be in the sewer

Wastewater testing has captured rising COVID levels and even evidence of polio. Can it predict new viral outbreaks? Yogi Berra said it well: "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." Though he wasn’t talking about viral infections or the current pandemic, he might as well have been. Even the best scientists, infectious disease specialists, and epidemiologists have found it hard to accurately predict when new viral outbreaks will appear (think COVID-19), when old ones will reappear (think polio), and how to figure this out in time to make a difference. But what if they could? An already available tool called wastewater testing shows promise — and how we use the results could help r...