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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.

Jul 28, 2018

Dr. Smith reveals how you can use a sunscreen’s SPF number to calculate just how long you can safely stay out in the sun.

Jul 28, 2018

Common surgery for shoulder pain no more effective than medical and physical therapy.

Mika Paavola, Antti Malmivaara, Simo Taimela, Kari Kanto, Jari Inkinen, Juha Kalske, Ilkka Sinisaari, Vesa Savolainen, Jonas Ranstam, Teppo L N Järvinen. Subacromial decompression versus diagnostic arthroscopy for shoulder...

Jul 28, 2018

Most hip fracture patients are not receiving the proper aftercare to prevent recurrences including osteoporosis screening.

JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(3):e180826. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0826

Jul 28, 2018

Eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of breast cancer.


Maryam S. Farvid, Wendy Y. Chen, Bernard A. Rosner, Rulla M. Tamimi, Walter C. Willett, A. Heather Eliassen. Fruit and vegetable consumption and breast cancer incidence: Repeated measures over 30 years of follow-up....

Jul 26, 2018

Scoped show originally broadcast on WBZ-AM on 09/08/1991.

First Hour — Open Lines
Mike- Hives; ? Reaction to citrus.
Fran - Joint pain from menopause?; pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy following menopause.
James - Seizures
TOPS - taking off pounds sensibly Christy - having twins —) book winner