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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:

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 or leave him a message at 516-778-8864.  His website is:

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.

Jun 5, 2006

Dr. Howard Smith teaches you how to prevent sunburn and skin damage for yourself and your kids by knowing how to use the SPF = sun protection factor listed on your suncreens to calculate how long you can safely remain in the sun. The formula: SPF X 30 minutes (for average complexion) - number of safe minutes. Use 20 minutes for babies and light complexion and 40 minutes for olive skin or dark complexion. For safety, use half the listed SPF (15 instead of 30) so the formula becomes: (SPF/2) X 30 minutes (for average complexion)= number of safe minutes.  Listeners may contact Dr. Smith with questions or comments by e-mailing him at Dr. Smith's webpage is