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.

Conditions Covered:Macular Degeneration, Vision Health, Men's Health, Back Pain, Pain Management

Latest by Peter Jaret

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.

5 Ways to Take the Sting Out of Sciatica

Few medical treatments have proved effective against the searing pain of sciatica. But there are still some ways to find relief. Here are five remedies to try.

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.

Surgery for Vertebral Compression Fractures

When pain medications and rest aren’t enough to reduce pain from a vetebral fracture, surgery may be necessary.

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.

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.

Diabetes Increases Osteoporosis Risk

Certain chronic diseases, including diabetes, can interfere with bone health and increase the risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Is Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Right for You?

More and more medical centers promote minimally invasive back surgery as a quick and simple alternative to traditional surgery. But is it really better?

Elder Abuse: How to Spot It and Prevent It

Elder abuse is any intentional mistreatment of an older person, and nine in 10 abusers are family members. Here are warning signs and how to prevent it.

Counseling Sessions May Boost Back Surgery Recovery

Speaking to a counselor may motivate patients to more actively participate in recovery from back surgery.