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

Confronting Your Nasal Allergies

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Confronting Your Nasal Allergies

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. Irritating, painful, and annoying, nasal allergies can be quite disruptive in everyday life. However, by recognizing source of your allergy, you

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms: What Causes This Common Disorder?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms: What Causes This Common Disorder?

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

Appendicitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Appendicitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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

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

Are Eye Infections Clouding Your Vision?

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Are Eye Infections Clouding Your Vision?

Eye infections occur in different parts of the eye and can affect one eye or both. Bacteria, fungi, or viruses are the most common sources. They can originate from exposure to chemical, fumes, or smoke. Allergies also can cause infection as can an injury that may have caused the eye

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

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Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

The diverticulitis definition may not be well known, but a majority of older adults suffer from this condition of the colon. The diverticulitis definition is best explained by describing how diverticulitis starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60

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

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