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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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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

Second Hour. — Doctor Your Eyes
Guest: Ann Bajart MD, Cornea Specialist, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Mass. Eye and Ear Info Line:617-573-3340
Myths about Eyes
1. Kids will outgrow crossed eye: FALSE—treatment is
necessary to reprogram the child’s brain circuitry to move the eye properly and permit normal development of visual pathways.
2. Sitting too close to the TV will harm the eyes: FALSE but sitting too close can expose the brain to radiation from old style CRT tubes rather than LED or LCD models.
3. Computer terminals cause miscarriages: FALSE but they can cause dry eye from staring.
4. Cataracts can grow back: FALSE. They do not reform.
Ellen — conjunctivitis
Alison — 8 year old son was premie with chronically poor vision in one eye.
Mike — congenital cataracts.
Lorraine — husband with chronic blepharitis, recurrent; rosacea. Disposable contact lenses.

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