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

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.

Do You Need Surgery for Vertebral Fractures?

When pain medications and rest aren’t enough to reduce pain from a vertebral 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

Here's what you should know about the links between diabetes and osteoporosis and how you can reduce your fracture risk.

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?

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.

Boost Back Surgery Recovery With Counseling

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