About the Author

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan has served as executive editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch since 2016. He was previously executive editor for UCLA Health's Healthy Years and was a regular contributor to Duke Medicine's Health News, and Weill Cornell Medicine’s Women’s Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor. Matthew specializes in men’s health and fitness, and has authored several Harvard Health special health reports, including Erectile Dysfunction, Healing Hemorrhoids, Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and The Benefits of Probiotics. His articles have appeared in nationally-recognized publications, such as Runner’s World, Men's Health, Yoga Journal, Muscle & Fitness, Bicycling, and Men’s Fitness. Matthew is a member of the Central Florida Randonneurs, a long-distance cycling club, and a past coach for Tampa Bay Fit, a marathon training program. For his 50th birthday he ran the JFK 50 Mile, the nation’s oldest ultramarathon.

Articles by Matthew Solan

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

Pancreatitis: Understanding the Causes and Symptoms

Pancreatitis can be either short-lived (acute) or long lasting (chronic). While chronic pancreatitis tends to be more serious, either type can cause dangerous complications. Excessive alcohol is known to cause pancreatitis. Or a gallstone from the gallbladder may lodge in the bile duct in such a way that it blocks … Read More

Nose Bleeds: Why They Happen and How to Stop Them

Most nose bleeds occur on the front of the nasal septum—the tissue that separates the two sides of the nose. Other types happen higher on the septum or deeper in the nose, which makes them harder to control. However, they are rarely, if ever, life-threatening. Causes of Nose Bleeds They … Read More
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