Dr. Anthony Komaroff, MD

Bio

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD, a Sharecare expert, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is the Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and former Director of the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Medicine and a Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Komaroff is a practicing physician, who also teaches and conducts research at Harvard Medical School. He is the Founding Editor of Journal Watch, a publication that keeps doctors abreast of how the latest medical research affects medical practice. Since 1997, he has served as Editor in Chief of the Harvard Health Publications Division of Harvard Medical School which publishes health information for the general public. Dr. Komaroff's answers on this site are based on the judgments of many different faculty experts on the topics being discussed.

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  • Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital

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  • Anthony Komaroff, MD - Boston, MA - Internal Medicine
    Based on studies in people, some researchers report that stressful situations can reduce various aspects of human immune response. A research team from Ohio State University that has long worked in this field suggests that psychological stress affects the immune system by disrupting communication between the...Read More
  • Anthony Komaroff, MD - Boston, MA - Internal Medicine
    Over the past few decades, advances in diagnosis and treatment have led to dramatic drops in the rate of deaths from heart disease. Still, this disease is often feared, and with good reason: it remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing about one in six people. In the United...Read More
  • Anthony Komaroff, MD - Boston, MA - Internal Medicine
    Aspirin is a common, inexpensive drug that helps protect survivors of heart attack and stroke from subsequent heart attacks and death, and even helps reduce the number of deaths that occur within the first hours following a heart attack. Dozens of studies involving tens of thousands of people have...Read More
  • Anthony Komaroff, MD - Boston, MA - Internal Medicine
    The supplement known as SAM-e has been used for a variety of medical problems. These have included psychiatric illnesses, musculoskeletal problems and liver diseases. There have been studies of SAM-e showing that it can reduce pain from osteoarthritis. There is some work that suggests it might benefit...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vultures have developed highly specialized ways of dealing with the toxic bacteria they ingest when eating dead animals, researchers report.

    The new research investigated the different types of bacteria found on the faces and in the guts of 50 tu...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese Americans are absent from work more often than their normal-weight colleagues, and these absences cost the U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that obese workers miss an average of between one and t...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans qualify for treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins under new guidelines intended to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study shows.

    Guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol released late last year b...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study.

    Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels a...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends.

    Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows.

    That's despite the fact that about two-thirds of those with undiagnosed diabetes have seen a doctor two or more times in the past year, according to the researchers.Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Internal Medicine:

    MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study.

    That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood t...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Internal Medicine:

    MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of drugs may offer a better way to combat a serious kidney complication that commonly affects people with lupus, a new study from China suggests.

    In a trial of more than 300 Chinese patients with the condition, known as lupus nephri...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Internal Medicine:

    MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may raise the risk of so-called impulse control disorders, according to a new review.

    These disorders include compulsive gambling, compulsive shopping and/or hypersexuality.

    That increased r...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported Wednesday.

    The increased life expectancy is likely due to Americans living healthier lifestyles, according to researchers fro...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The fifth American to become infected with Ebola in West Africa -- a freelance cameraman working for NBC News -- arrived at a Nebraska hospital Monday to begin treatment for the potentially deadly disease.

    Wearing a white hooded jumpsuit, As...Full Article