JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH

JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, chief, division of preventive medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and lead author of the study, “Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Long-term All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: The Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Trials,” published in JAMA.


Special Report: Is Hormone Therapy for Menopause Back?

A major new 18-year study finds that women who take hormone therapy for menopause aren't at risk for increased mortality. Is hormone therapy back?


Is an A1c Level Below 7 Always Best for Managing Diabetes?

If you have type 2 diabetes, you may think that getting your blood sugar levels as low as possible is ideal. But it can backfire.


The Menopause Depression Trap

If you're a woman, there's a 25% chance that you'll experience depression some time in your life. One vulnerable time…


To Stop Hot Flashes, Keep This Diary

If you’re experiencing hot flashes, the hallmark symptom of menopause, you’re eager—OK, maybe desperate—to find ways to make them stop.…


Atrial Fibrillation: A Hidden But Deadly Heart Problem

Many women have never been concerned about -- or even heard of -- atrial fibrillation (AF), a common and dangerous…

Losing Weight

What the “Drink More, Weigh Less” Study Really Means

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH Harvard Medical School "Don’t drink alcohol" -- to avoid empty calories -- is routine advice…

Diet & Nutrition

Salt by the Numbers: Startling Findings from the Very Newest Studies

When patients ask me what they can do to live longer, one of the most important and simplest suggestions I…

Women's Health

What You Don’t (But Should) Know About Hysterectomy

More than half of the American women who undergo hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) opt to have their ovaries…

Diet & Nutrition

Sneaky Trans Fats

They harm more than your heart No doubt you’ve heard warnings about trans fats. But are you really sure what…


The Diabetes Risk-Reduction Plan

The statistics are shocking — 23% of Americans age 60 and older now have diabetes, a deadly disease that can lead…

Diet & Nutrition

The Right Way to Drink Wine

Should you raise a glass "to your health"—and if so, is red wine best? What we know now... Pros vs.…

Vitamins & Minerals

The Latest on Calcium

The typical midlife woman in the US consumes about 700 mg of calcium daily -- far less than the recommended…


Hormone Therapy: The Very Latest News

What happens to a woman’s health risks after she stops using hormone therapy (HT) following five to seven years of…

Vitamins & Minerals

Should You Quit Taking Calcium to Protect Your Heart?

Did you toss your calcium pills in the trash—and then worry about getting osteoporosis—after a new study concluded that calcium…


Medical Studies: Don’t Believe Everything the Media Says

When the media reports on medical news, complex research gets reduced to sound bites—which may be misleading. Find a full…


Seven Ways I (Try to) Keep Healthy

With three kids and a demanding career, I cannot claim to always stick to a healthful lifestyle. Sometimes I sleep…


Getting the Most From Your Omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids are not all created equal. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are found primarily in fish…