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Harvard Commentaries
Harvard Commentaries
Reviewed by the Faculty of Harvard Medical School

Myth -- Family Germs Are Safe
Massaging Away Your Cold
Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?
Praying for Health
Medical Myth -- Modern Medicine Is Wiping Out Disability
Diet and Diverticulitis
The Unexpected Benefits of 'Bad' Habits
Organs With Plenty To Spare
Milk Myths
The Mercury Myth
The Hair-Raising Myth About Shaving
What Makes a Good Doctor?
Useless Organs
Leaving a Mark -- How and Why We Scar
Do Presidents Age Faster?
Does Metabolism Matter in Weight Loss?
'I'm Such a Klutz!'
Twelve Myths About Pregnancy
Medical Myths Die Hard
Don't Fall for These Skin Myths
A Handful of Fingernail Myths
Calling in the Replacements
Should You Avoid Dairy Foods When You're Sick?
Which Hangover Cures Work?
Can You Be Overweight and Healthy?
How Useful Are Consumer Drug Ads?
Testosterone -- What It Does And Doesn't Do
Three Myths About Hospital Stays
The Upside of Genetic Mutations
Health Statistics -- View Them with Caution
Needles -- Separating Fact from Fiction
Forget What You Heard About Amnesia
A Dangerous Myth: If It's Over The Counter, It Must Be Safe
The '8 Glasses Per Day' Rule
Medical Myth Prevention -- Understanding Medical News
The Myth of Multitasking
Myths about Your Incredible Head
Busting Myths About Your Stomach
Does Food Cause Ulcers?
Common Conditions with Misleading Symptoms
Acne and the Role of Diet
The Myth of 98.6
Does Milk Cause Prostate Cancer?
What Your Doctor Doesn't Know
Toads and Frogs -- Friend or Foe?
Are You Worried Well?
Myths About Vision
Will a Routine Physical Uncover Every Problem?
Cherries for Gout -- Myth or Marvel?
Can Sex Be a Health Hazard?
Sugar's Role in Diabetes
Does Diet Play a Role in Arthritis?
Airing Out a Lung Cancer Myth
The Hazards of Bathroom Seats
Vitamin Supplements: Are They for Everyone?
The 'Ripening' of Cataracts
The Limits of Willpower
The Right Way To Handle a Seizure
Are All Steroids Bad?
Eating and Swimming
I Can't Take It! -- Side Effects, Intolerance and Allergic Reactions to Medicines
The Influence of Sugar on Childhood Behavior
What Makes a Disease Real?
The Promise and Pitfalls of Patient Empowerment
Nosebleeds -- Separating Fact From Fiction
The Seeds of Worry
Four Common Myths About Allergies
Does Bad Posture Cause Scoliosis?
Doctor, How Long Have I Got?
Nearing a Cancer Cure?
The Best Ways To Deal With a Fever
The Turkey Coma -- Fact or Fiction?
Groin Injuries and Your Voice
Is Splitting Pills Okay?
Is Gout a Rich Person's Disease?
The Pros and Cons of Medical Tests
How Diseases Come and Go
Can We Predict Height?
Sleep -- Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?
Boy or Girl? Determining a Baby's Gender
Does Being a 'Lefty' Affect Your Health?
What Are You Yawning About?
Natural Disasters -- Sources of Disease?
How Much of the Brain Do We Really Use?
The Ups and Downs of Body Temperature
Do Alternative Treatments and Vitamin Supplements Work?
The Top 10 Things That Don't Cause Arthritis
Taking Baby Out and About
Choosing Your Six-Pack: Abdominal Muscles and Pot Bellies
Radiation and Your Health
Circumspection for Circumcision
Real-Time Medical Care
Will a Beer Really Quench That Summer Thirst?
Old Age: It's Tough, But It Won't Kill You
Nutrients: Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?
Is Exercise Always Good for You?
Are Beer and Wine Less Strong Than Liquor?
The Myth of Bags Under the Eyes
The Real Dangers of Lightning
Putting the Apple-a-Day Adage to the Test
What It Means To Be 'Double-Jointed'
Cancer's Fine Line
Can You Wear Out Your Joints?
Getting a Flu Shot -- Will it Cause the Flu?
Facts and Myths About Anemia
Arthritis -- From Myth to Fact
Can You Really Throw Your Back Out?
The Myth and Mystery of Hiccups
Age and Arthritis -- Facts and Fiction
10 Flu Myths
Stomach Growling and Other Bodily Noises: Embarrassing, But a Sign of Health
Whether Weather Matters For Arthritis
'Whole-Body' MRI — A Good Stocking Stuffer This Holiday?
Does Nighttime Noshing Make You Fat?
10 Osteoporosis Myths
Is Kissing Dangerous?
Lifting the Myth Off Hernias
His and Her Vitamins -- Smart Medicine or Marketing Ploy?
Sleep: What's Going on Behind That Shut-Eye?
Cramps: What They Are, What To Do
In Search of the Elusive Aphrodisiac: Sex, Food and Myth
How Does a Myth Get Started?
Anatomy 101: Know Your Body Parts
Worried Gray?
Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss
Why Timing Is Important in Medicine
Myths About Snoring
Exercise and Your Menstrual Cycle: Does Time of the Month Matter?
Power Lines and Your Health
The Quick and Dirty on Tetanus
No Match for Tick Removal
Do Big Voices Need Big Bodies?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Names and Claims
The Truth About Premarital Blood Testing
Computer Use and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
From Ulcers To Deodorant -- Dispelling Teen Myths
Does a Sneeze Mean Disease?
Licking Your Wounds
CPR: Less Effective Than You Might Think
Breaking Down Bone Myths
Can You Become Immune to Medications?
Coffee -- Grounds for Concern?
Yikes, Lice!
Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Other Holiday 'Dangers'
Menstrual Synchrony
How Inhaling Helium Affects Your Voice
Advice You Can Safely Ignore About Getting Pregnant
Growing Pains
The Lie of Lie Detectors
Mixing Antibiotics and Alcohol
The Little Things We Do
Gender Matters in Health
The Organic Advantage
'Expired' Medicines -- Are They Safe?
How Helpful Are Birthing Classes?
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