About the Author

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan is a health and fitness writer and editor based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Currently, he serves as Executive Editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch, published by Harvard Health Publications. His articles on medicine, exercise science, and nutrition have appeared in leading publications and websites, among them Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World, Muscle Magazine, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. He also has co-authored several books with top physicians and nutritionists. Solan previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health's Healthy Years and has been a contributor to Duke Medicine's Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College's Women Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor newsletters. He earned a master of fine arts (MFA) in writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida where he is a frequent guest lecturer. Solan is also an assistant coach for Tampa Bay Fit, a marathon and half marathon training program, and rides most weekends with the St. Petersburg Bicycle Club. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewsolan, or visit his website www.matthewsolan.com.

Articles by Matthew Solan

Sinusitis Treatment: Where to Turn

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Sinusitis Treatment: Where to Turn

What is sinusitis? It may be one of the most common—and painful—nasal conditions we experience. Sinusitis means inflammation of the sinuses—the air-filled cavities above, behind, and below your eyes. Fortunately, sinusitis treatment options can help provide relief.

Our sinuses are lined with a thin membrane that produces mucus. Hair cells sweep

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

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Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward

GERD Symptoms: Your Diet and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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GERD Symptoms: Your Diet and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly known as heartburn. GERD symptoms include a sharp, burning feeling in your chest that occurs when acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the lower end of the esophagus

Congestion: Nasal Pain and How to Clear It Up

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Congestion: Nasal Pain and How to Clear It Up

While many people welcome the changing seasons, those with allergies see the beginning of spring and fall as the time when they have to load up on extra tissues, thanks to congestion. Nasal conditions, often caused by allergies, can be irritating, painful, annoying, and disruptive. However, by recognizing the source

Sinus Infection: What Medications Do You Need?

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Sinus Infection: What Medications Do You Need?

A sinus infection may feel like it’ll never end, but there are many ways to soothe symptoms and speed up your recovery.

Sinus infections are inflammation of the sinuses, which are cavities above, behind, and below your eyes. Infections happen like this: The sinuses are lined with a thin membrane that

Appendicitis: What You Can Do

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Appendicitis: What You Can Do

Your appendix is a small, tube-like organ attached to the first part of your large intestine, and located in the lower right part of your abdomen. It has no known function and for many people it causes no problem throughout life. However, if it becomes inflamed from blockage, this can

Appendicitis Symptoms: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Them

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Appendicitis Symptoms: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Them

Appendicitis symptoms—including nausea and vomiting—appear if the appendix, the small, tube-like pouch in the abdominal area, becomes inflamed from blockage. The resulting condition is serious enough to require immediate medical attention.

While appendicitis symptoms cause pain in your lower right abdomen, they can also begin around the navel and spread

Detached Retina: Symptoms and Treatment

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Detached Retina: Symptoms and Treatment

Your retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of your eyes. Its job is to send visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. A detached retina means it has been lifted or pulled from its normal position. Sometimes, small areas of the retina become