About the Author

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 Treat an Impacted Bowel

An impacted bowel is one of the more unpleasant digestive issues you can experience. Bowel obstruction symptoms occur 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

What Helps Constipation? Know the Causes—and Find Relief

Everyone experiences constipation at some time. Most often it's nothing to worry about, but if the condition starts to happen more frequently and with greater severity, you'll become more anxious to find out what helps constipation. At that point, you may need to seek treatment. How does constipation occur? As … Read More

Sore Throat Causes and Treatment

Sore throats often begin with a slight tickling sensation that progresses to a painful irritation, which ultimately makes swallowing and talking difficult. But what are the most common sore throat causes, and what's the best way to treat a sore throat? The condition—also called pharyngitis—occurs when your throat becomes infected … Read More
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