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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.

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.

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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.

Mar 15, 2018

First portion of program omitted due to file size.  Entire program on YouTube:

•Harriet: aortic stenosis surgery; rheumatic heart disease

•Frank: coronary artery surgery; balloon versus laser versus bypass graft



Charles Hennekins MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Professor Harvard Medical School

•10 commandments of heart disease prevention

•Ruth: Post-menopausal estrogen; 

•Prophylactic aspirin

•Smoking cessation

•Weight control: direct impact, impact on lipids, diabetes

•Alcohol: heavy consumption is bad; some (1-2 drinks/day) is good

•Active lifestyle