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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.

Dec 22, 2018

This is Health News You Should Use, the latest medical discoveries that you can use in a practical way to keep yourself and your family healthy.  Let’s run down a list of today’s topics: 

Obesity breeds cancer.

Eye blinks are conversational cues.

Your doctor’s stethoscopes are filthy.

Teen bullying produces brain damage.

Subway travel triggers colds and flu.

Your body weight through life predicts chances of heart failure.

A better way to manage teen stress.

Evening exercise doesn’t harm sleep.

Timely physical therapy prevents need for narcotics.

In addition: special features: HELP to sharpen your brain activity; FUTURISTIC ways of finding new antibiotics, and a LITTLE KINDNESS in the form of a heart-warming story for this holiday season.

You’ll find all the references to that I discuss as well as a copy of show notes on my website at