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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 24, 2020




Elevators: Space on larger elevators and face the wall but don’t lean against it.  If you’re the third on a smaller residential elevator, wait for the next one.  Families count as one if they fit on one wall.  Knuckles, elbows or probes on the buttons please.


Out and about:  In a line? Space 6-10 feet away and get off the line if someone is coughing or sneezing.  Breath shallowly in line or passing people on the street.


When returning:  Immediately wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.  Wipe off surfaces of purchased items with soapy sponge or Clorox wipe.


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