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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM.   His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

More recently, Dr. Smith has adopted the 21st century technology of audio and video podcasting as conduits for the short health and wellness reports, HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE.  Many of these have video versions, and they may be found on his YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPOSWu-b4GjEK_iOCsp4MA

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.

If you have questions or suggestions about this content, please email the doctor at drhowardsmith.reports@gmail.com or leave him a message at 516-778-8864.  His website is: www.drhowardsmith.com.

Please note that the news, views, commentary, and opinions that Dr. Smith provides are for informational purposes only.  Any changes that you or members of your family contemplate making to lifestyle, diet, medications, or medical therapy should always be discussed beforehand with personal physicians who have been supervising your care.

Sep 23, 2019

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/IbIaSEhMt7c

 

Growing cannabis plants give off biogenic volatile organic compounds, BVOC for short, that can poison those exposed.  Besides the BVOCs from the plants, the oil extraction process gives off another, butane.  Together, these organic compounds create highly toxic...


Sep 23, 2019

Vidcast:  ttps://youtu.be/r6alvHymzwg

 

Simply rubbing your hands with Purell™ or  knock-offs will not kill the influenza virus.  A Japanese study just published by the American Society of Microbiology shows that the mucus that contains the virus protects it from alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

 

The typical 15-30...


Sep 23, 2019

 

idcast:  https://youtu.be/bILq94CbJoc

 

Give kids active toys like bikes, skates, scooters, slides, and swings that motivate them to physically exert themselves.  When you do, they will not be among the more than 80% of kids who never meet physical activity guidelines.   These specify at least one hour of vigorous...


Sep 20, 2019

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/GIM0xl8Rs10

 

Babies delivered by C-section rather than by a normal vaginal route develop a gastrointestinal bacterial population contaminated by bad bugs found around the hospital.  Their gut bacteria include antibiotic-resistant ones rather than the more benign species found in their...


Sep 20, 2019

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/bTWGLdnm90w

 

If you prefer more conservative medical therapy but must visit a surgeon for a consultation, pick an appointment at the end of day or just before lunch.  You’ll be half as likely to hear a recommendation for surgery.

 

A Swedish study of some 848 orthopedic appointments...