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MGH Addiction Specialist Defends 12-Step Programs

April 07, 2014, 10:28 AM
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A man holds a chip AA members receive to mark sobriety. (Bernardo Fuller/Flickr)

Last week, Radio Boston featured an interview with the author of “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry.” MGH addiction recovery specialist, Dr John Kelly, joins us to respond.

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CommonHealth: Demystifying Vitamins

June 11, 2013, 2:25 PM
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Most of us take vitamins because we think they give us the extra nutrients we need for good health. But studies show large doses of supplemental vitamins can actually be harmful.

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Can HPV Cause Throat Cancer?

June 04, 2013, 2:50 PM
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Actor Michael Douglas poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Actor Michael Douglas made an interesting claim about what caused the throat cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010 — oral sex.

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CommonHealth: When A Doctor Stops Taking Obese Patients

September 04, 2012, 3:50 PM
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Two overweight women hold a conversation in 2012 in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

One Worcester primary care physician has decided to stop accepting obese patients because she says she doesn’t have the tools or expertise to treat them properly.

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CommonHealth: A New Policy Cites Benefits Of Infant Circumcision

August 28, 2012, 3:30 PM
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In this photo provided by the University of Colorado Hospital, Katie Medley holds her newborn son Hugo Jackson Medley at the hospital in Aurora, Colo. in July. (AP/University of Colorado Hospital)

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure.

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CommonHealth: ACA’s Free Preventative Health Services For Women Go Into Effect

August 07, 2012, 3:46 PM
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Private insurers are now required to start providing women with eight basic preventive health services for no extra fee, according to provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

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CommonHealth: The Demise Of The Female Condom

July 31, 2012, 3:46 PM
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In our weekly CommonHealth segment, we look at the little used so-called “female condom.”

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CommonHealth: Sports Drinks Debunked

July 24, 2012, 3:50 PM
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A new study finds that there is little evidence to prove that sports drinks actually do what they claim to do.

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CommonHealth: Keeping Your Head Out Of The Game

July 17, 2012, 3:46 PM
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When it comes to concussions, “When in doubt, sit them out” is the new approach. Surprisingly, this applies to cognitive rest as much as physical rest.


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