Peter Jaret

Health Writer

Peter Jaret is the author of several health-related books, including "In Self-Defense: The Human Immune System" (Harcourt Brace), "Nurse: A World of Care" (Emory University Press), and "Impact: On the Frontlines of Public Health" (National Geographic). A frequent contributor to National Geographic, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Health, More, AARP Bulletin, and dozens of other periodicals, Jaret is the recipient of an American Medical Association award for journalism and two James Beard awards. He lives in Petaluma, Calif.

Latest by Peter Jaret

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5 Ways to Take the Sting Out of Sciatica

Few medical treatments have proven effective against the searing pain of sciatica. But these 5 home remedies may help ease your pain.

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The Lowdown on Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Sales of prescription testosterone pills, gels, and patches have soared. But are they necessary? And do they work? Here’s the latest evidence.

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TV Ads Linked to More Testosterone Testing

Chances are you’ve seen the slick TV ads for products that claim they can fix low testosterone. But that doesn’t mean you should pay attention. Here’s why.

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Anal Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Though anal cancer is still considered rare, disease rates have been spiking in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about this cancer.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery For Back Pain

To treat back pain, many medical centers promote minimally invasive back surgery as an alternative to traditional surgery. But is it really better?

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An Injection for Vertebral Fracture Relief?

In some patients, facet joint injections can be an effective first-line treatment for fractures in the vertebrae, eliminating the need for surgery.

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Does Your Leg Hurt When You Cough?

Find out why this question could help you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your back pain.

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Blood Test May Help Your Back Pain Diagnosis

Researchers have found evidence that levels of key substances in the blood may serve as useful markers for diagnosing low back pain.

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss

From contaminants to common medical conditions, here are 10 dangers to your hearing that you may not know about, and how to steer clear of them.

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Think You Have Chronic Hives?

Here's where to start, with answers to the most frequently asked questions about chronic idiopathic urticaria.