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


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.


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


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


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


Live Longer: Go Vegetarian

Cutting meat from your diet can help you live longer, suggests research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (July 2014).

The study followed more than 73,000 adults, most of whom were in their mid to late 50s. They were divided into three groups: vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, and non-vegetarian. Vegetarians comprised about


Correct Uneven Vision and Reduce Risk of Falls and Injuries

Changes in eye prescriptions are not the only vision issue adults face as they age. A new study in Optometry and Vision Science reports that older adults show a high rate of anisometropia, or unequal vision, which can be a leading contributor to disabling falls.

In the study, researchers analyzed vision


Learning a New Language Speaks to an Aging Brain

Parlez-vous Français? Habla Español? Perhaps you should. One of the best ways to improve your cognitive function later in life may be to learn a second language, reports a recent study in the Annals of Neurology (June 2, 2014).

Researchers examined 835 native English speakers at age 11 and then retested


Positive Socializing Can Lower Your Risk of High Blood Pressure

If you want to keep your heart healthy then be careful how you socialize. New research from Carnegie Mellon University published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Health Psychology (May 2014), found that unpleasant or demanding personal encounters can increase the risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, among older