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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.

Oct 28, 2018

Health capsules from the first part of October, 2018 including: flu shots; prevention of non-fatal injuries; FDA approvals of Gardasil 9 and a Bose hearing aid, a drug to prevent diabetes, prevention of macular degeneration, how to avoid raising a bratty child, danger of gastric reflux medications, pediatricians boot unvaccinated kids, sports and bone density, pre-eclampsia association with dementia, how to avoid raising bullies, calorie counts on menus. PLUS bonus: using body aromas to review movies; why we shiver, checklist for winterizing your home, and why Stephen King is a nice guy!


Kirsty R. Short, Katherine Kedzierska, Carolien E. van de Sandt. Back to the Future: Lessons Learned From the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2018; 8 DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2018.00343

Mark R. Zonfrillo, Rebecca S. Spicer, Bruce A. Lawrence, Ted R. Miller. Incidence and costs of injuries to children and adults in the United States. Injury Epidemiology, 2018; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s40621-018-0167-6

Erin A Bohula, Benjamin M Scirica, Silvio E Inzucchi, etal. for the CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 Steering Committee Investigators. Effect of lorcaserin on prevention and remission of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese patients (CAMELLIA-TIMI 61): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet, 2018; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32328-6

Gregory D Myer, Kim Barber Foss, Staci Thomas, etal. Altered brain microstructure in association with repetitive subconcussive head impacts and the potential protective effect of jugular vein compression: a longitudinal study of female soccer athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2018 DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099571

Bamini Gopinath, Gerald Liew, Annette Kifley, etal. Association of Dietary Nitrate Intake with the 15-Year Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018; DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.07.012

Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Deborah Roedder John, Aric Rindfleisch, Jeffrey J. Froh. The impact of gratitude on adolescent materialism and generosity. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2018; 1 DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2018.1497688

Ito T, Jensen RT. Association of Long-term Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy with Bone Fractures and effects on Absorption of Calcium, Vitamin B12, Iron, and Magnesium. Current gastroenterology reports. 2010;12(6):448-457. doi:10.1007/s11894-010-0141-0.

Hussain S1, Siddiqui AN1, Habib A2, etal. Proton pump inhibitors' use and risk of hip fracture: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Rheumatol Int. 2018 Aug 29. doi: 10.1007/s00296-018-4142-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Pediatrics Aug 2016, e20162146; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-2146

Joanne A McVeigh, Erin K Howie, Kun Zhu, John P Walsh, Leon Straker. Organized Sport Participation From Childhood to Adolescence Is Associated With Bone Mass in Young Adults From the Raine Study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2018; DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.3583

Li S, Chen ML, Drucker AM, et al. Association of Caffeine Intake and Caffeinated Coffee Consumption With Risk of Incident Rosacea In Women. JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 17, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.3301

Saima Basit, Jan Wohlfahrt, Heather A Boyd. Pre-eclampsia and risk of dementia later in life: nationwide cohort study. BMJ, 2018; k4109 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.k4109

Rebecca Waller, Luke W. Hyde, Kelly L. Klump, S. Alexandra Burt. Parenting is an Environmental Predictor of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Aggression: A Monozygotic Twin Differences Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2018; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.07.882

Steven K. Dallas, Peggy J. Liu, Peter A. Ubel. Don't Count Calorie Labeling Out: Calorie Counts on the Left Side of Menu Items Lead to Lower Calorie Food Choices. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 2018; DOI: 10.1002/jcpy.1053