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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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Sep 23, 2021




The CPSC and Harbor Freight Tools are recalling Bauer Forced Air Propane Portable Heaters.  This heater may leak propane gas through a loose fitting on the back of the heater risking a fire and burns.  About 19,000 of these heaters were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at  If you ave one of these heaters, begin with the soapy water test to see if there is a leak.  You put some soap water on the back of the heater to see if it bubbles.  If so, contact Harbor Freight Tools at 1-800-444-3353 or via email at to find out how to tighten the fittings with the wrench that came with the heater.


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