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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:

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.

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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 23, 2018

Hot off the wire. New studies presented at the Endocrine Society meeting March 16-20 in Chicago

Pregnant women should steer clear of plastic cups and containers.
Lavender and tea tree oils may produce unwanted breast growth in boys and men.
Estrogen supplements may help resolve eating disorders in...

Mar 16, 2018

Counting steps with wearable devices leads to more vigorous short term exercise and longer term maintenance of exercise program.


Tess Harris, Sally M. Kerry, Elizabeth S. Limb, Cheryl Furness, etal. Physical activity levels in adults and older adults 3–4 years after pedometer-based walking interventions:...

Mar 16, 2018

Soy milk contains estrogens that may harm female infants reproductive tissues.


A longitudinal study of estrogen-responsive tissues and hormone concentrations in infants fed soy formula
Margaret A Adgent, Ph.D David M Umbach, Ph.D Babette S Zemel, Ph.D , metal. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &...

Mar 16, 2018

Higher altitude living associated with depression and higher rate of suicide.


Brent M. Kious, Douglas G. Kondo, Perry F. Renshaw. Living High and Feeling Low. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2018; 26 (2): 43 DOI:...

Mar 16, 2018

Many heart attack victims do better when stent-placing cardiologists are away at convention.


Anupam B. Jena, Andrew Olenski, Daniel M. Blumenthal, Robert W. Yeh, Dana P. Goldman, John Romley. Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality During Dates of National Interventional Cardiology Meetings. Journal of the American...