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Should you avoid aspartame?

Mar 11, 2017
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The harmful effects sugar can have on the body has been given a lot of attention. Known for sabotaging diets and packing on extra calories, many people try to avoid sugar by seeking out artificial sweeteners as an alternative. But according to a new study by the Harvard Medical School, one common sugar substitute, aspartame, could be sabotaging your diet, too. And ironically enough, it is often used most in “diet” products (diet soda, for example).

To understand more about this study, this week on “Take Care” Dr. Richard Hodin, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, discusses the effects of aspartame on the body.

Tai chi can benefit mind & body

Dec 10, 2016
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Sometimes, a martial art can be peaceful.

Tai chi is a mind and body exercise rooted in a number of Asian traditions, including martial arts, which combines slow intentional movements, breathing and a number of important mental skills.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Peter Wayne joined the program to share the health benefits of tai chi, the best way to reap those advantages and how they can also provide a financial assistance.

Understanding antidepressants

Jan 22, 2016
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Antidepressants have been around for decades, but there is still much confusion about how they work and who should take them.  This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Michael Hirsch, a psychiatrist and psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School about why these drugs are an important tool in fighting depression.

Diabetes: Symptoms, signs and causes

Jun 14, 2015
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Diabetes has reached epidemic levels, and in fact is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but many people don't know exactly what it is, beyond the fact that is has something to do with sugar levels.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Nathan discusses diabetes, how it’s caused and what symptoms to check for if you’ve developed it. Nathan is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the General Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

Eggs -- incredible again?

May 29, 2015
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First medical experts told us not to eat too many eggs because they're high in cholesterol. But earlier this year, we were told that eating cholesterol is not what causes heart disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care", hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Luc Djousse, director of research in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. They discuss the nutrients found in eggs and how dietary cholesterol really works.

Fibromyalgia -- what is known and unknown

Apr 27, 2014
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Imagine being in a large amount of pain and not knowing the cause. Or, having a disorder that’s not recognized by a significant amount of medical professionals. This cloud of uncertainty hangs over the millions that suffer from fibromyalgia, a disorder with an unknown cause and limited treatments.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Robert Shmerling talks about the controversial disorder known as fibromyalgia. Dr. Shmerling is a Harvard Medical School professor and clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Shmerling.