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Ease anxiety and stress: Take a (belly) breather

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

The stresses of daily life can keep us in a state of constant tension. Learning to belly breathe can help ease your body’s response to anxiety and stress.

Phytonutrients: Paint your plate with the colors of the rainbow

Phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables can protect us from chronic diseases if we eat enough of them. Because different produce contains different phytonutrients, consuming as much of a variety as possible is the best way to benefit from this protection.

MitraClip: Valve repair device offers new treatment option for some with severe mitral regurgitation

Mitral valve regurgitation is a condition in which the heart’s mitral valve does not close properly. Until recently this could only be treated by medication or surgery, but a new device helps “close the gap” between the faulty valves.

Activity: It all counts

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

When it comes to physical activity and fitness, most of us could do more than we are doing, but the good news is that as long as you’re doing something, any amount of activity is beneficial, and more exercise is definitely associated with a lower risk of death.

Infertility: Extra embryos –– too much of a good thing?

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

People attempting to conceive through in vitro fertilization may face the question of what to do with extra embryos, especially if they reach a point where they feel their family is complete.

Eating breakfast won’t help you lose weight, but skipping it might not either

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Eat breakfast? Skip breakfast? Newer research fails to link eating breakfast with eating less or weight loss. So, will skipping breakfast shave off weight?

The heart and science of kindness

Acts of kindness — to loved ones, to strangers, to ourselves — make the world a warmer place. And seeking ways to be kind can make you happier, too.

How to handle stress at work

Stress at work is common and can lead to burnout, which is linked with depression and anxiety. Strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy can help people learn to manage stress.

What to do with that foam roller at the gym?

Steve Calechman

Contributor

While there is limited research on foam rollers, small studies suggest they may help with muscle and tissue tightness, sore muscles, and range of motion.

5 reasons we need to help kids live “heads up” instead of “heads down”

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The presence and influence of smartphones in our lives has benefits, but it also creates hazards. For children and teens, too much attention to phones is not just a safety risk, but also deprives them of opportunity to gain life experience and understanding of the world.