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

How to Remove Ear Wax

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How to Remove Ear Wax

Your ear wax may not appear like a vital bodily function, but it plays an important role in your ear health. Ear wax (also spelled as one word: earwax) is a yellowish, waxy substance called cerumen, and it is produced by glands in the ear canal. Its job is to

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To Drink or Not to Drink

You’re dining with good friends at a nice French restaurant, and the waiter proffers a wine list. Must you decline and cheerfully order ginger ale?

Not necessarily, says Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics. Alcohol offers a

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Home-Based Walking Program Helps PAD Patients

If you suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), new research suggests you take a walk. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (May 21, 2014), found that a home-based walking program could help PAD patients walk faster and farther.

PAD is a disease in which plaque builds

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Tai Chi: It May Be Good for What Ails You

The practice of tai chi originated in China thousands of years ago as a series of slow, gentle, contemplative bodily exercises geared largely toward improving one’s emotional self-control and the demanding physical skills required by practitioners of the martial arts. Today, an abundance of scientific research supports the widely held

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Should You Try to Raise Your HDL?

For many years, the formula for better heart health has included measures to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while at the same time increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in their circulating blood.

And while a high level of LDL—the so-called “bad” cholesterol—continues to be recognized

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Best Ways to Treat and Prevent Recurrent UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection, but are also one of the easiest to treat and prevent.

Your urinary system includes the two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. UTIs occur when bacteria get into your urethra and travel up into the bladder.

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Newsbriefs: Poor Health & Memory; Processed Red Meat & Heart Failure

Research finds that poor health, lifestyle factors may affect memory
A recent UCLA study suggests that depression, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are among the factors strongly associated with memory complaints, even among young adults. Researchers found that these lifestyle and health factors, as well as diabetes, smoking, obesity

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Take a Walk and Preserve Your Mobility

Doctors define mobility in older adults as the ability to walk 400 meters­—about a quarter mile—without help from a person or walker (a cane is okay), and without sitting down.

Most of us assume that we’ll be able to do this if we just stay physically active. But until recently, that

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Give Your Grip Strength a Hand

Are you losing your grip? Your grip strength comes into play whenever you open a jar or a door, carry grocery bags, or handle the steering wheel when driving your car. The strength of your grip is something you depend on every day. But you may not appreciate it until