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.

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Light Therapy Can Help to Brighten Your Health in Winter

The winter months bring shorter daylight hours and more time spent indoors, both of which restrict your exposure to light. This loss can trigger a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression caused by deficient light exposure. “Older adults need to be mindful about SAD as

Vertigo: Symptoms Call for Screening and Treatment

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Vertigo: Symptoms Call for Screening and Treatment

What is vertigo? It’s caused by vestibular (balance) system disorders that originate in the inner ear, where balance is regulated. Vertigo symptoms can lead you to three types of the condition:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the utricle (one of the structures of the

What Is GERD? Dealing with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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What Is GERD? Dealing with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Your digestive system can experience a myriad of ill effects: stomachache, ulcer, bloated stomach, constipation. But what is GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease?
If you have regular bouts of GERD symptoms, also known as “heartburn”—that sharp, burning sensation in the chest—do not necessarily dismiss them as something you ate. You may

Clear It Up! Post-Nasal Drip Remedies

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Clear It Up! Post-Nasal Drip Remedies

Post-nasal drip is the accumulation of mucus, usually in your sinuses, that moves down the back of the nose into the throat. It can be an annoying and disruptive condition, but one that’s treatable by post-nasal drip remedies, both pharmaceutical and natural.
Your body makes about one to two quarts of

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

According to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association, roughly 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. Characterized by such symptoms as cramp-like abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, IBS can be uncomfortable and distressing. However, it does not cause permanent harm to the intestines, or

How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

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How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

An impacted bowel is one of the more unpleasant digestive issues you can experience. Bowel obstruction symptoms occurs when a mass of dry, hard stool will not pass out of the colon or rectum. Bowel impaction can become a serious issue if not treated, and in extreme cases may even

Hepatitis: What Causes This Serious Liver Ailment?

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Hepatitis: What Causes This Serious Liver Ailment?

Hepatitis is the top ailment often associated with liver health. It is an inflammation of the liver generally caused by viral infection. An inflamed liver becomes swollen and tender, which can impair or permanently damage the organ.
The hepatitis viruses are identified as A, B, C, D, and E. Any of