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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.

Dr. Smith has adopted audio and video podcasting as conduits for HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE. Based on the latest medical, health, and wellness literature these reports provide practical information you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy. Many reports have video versions, and Dr. Smith’s YouTube Channel may be found at: http://bit.ly/2rNw6XQ

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.  He is now based in New York City.

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.

May 23, 2020

 

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/ih3O1y7Jcuc

 

Herman Miller and Design Within Reach and the CPSC are recalling their Nelson and Lauki Dressers, Cabinets, and Chests.  These products fail to meet federal safety standards and may tip over, injure, entrap, and possibly kill children.  The products involved include Nelson Thin...


May 23, 2020

 

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/cR04O_p8zlQ

 

New Hoque and Sons, Inc. and the FDA announce the recall of Radhuni Curry Powder.  The product is contaminated with salmonella.  This bacterium can trigger a sever gastroenteritis with fever, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.  It can produce a septicemia with heart and...


May 23, 2020

 

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/-V4gZZIgJl0

 

If you get infected with CoVid19 and show symptoms, you have a 1 in 75 chance of dying from the disease.  Compare that to your 1 in 1000 chance of dying if you contract the flu.

 

University of Washington researchers analyzed data from 116 counties in 33 states.  The highest...


May 23, 2020

 

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/YiQl5cMZ-Bk

 

Patients receiving immunotherapy or genetic-targeted therapy recover just fine from CoVid infections.  A Spanish study of 50 CoVid patients with advanced melanoma was just uploaded to the pre-print server medrixiv.org.

 

In this small non-randomized study, the group of 22...


May 23, 2020

 

Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/7Weu0XfSb3c

 

The monoclonal antibody tocilizumab that is designed to reduce IL-6 and cytokine storms apparently doesn’t for critically ill CoVid19 patients. This the conclusion of a preliminary case series from the University of North Carolina.

 

Eleven patients with confirmed CoVid19...