Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN, Health Writer

Judi Ebbert earned her PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center. Judi has great interest in chronic disease prevention and treatment, and is an advocate for equitable access to care and optimal quality of life for all people. She loves swimming, her dogs and cats, great food, art, humor, and cinematic thrillers. She’s on Twitter at Judi@judithebbert.

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Surgery

Ankylosing spondylitis sometimes requires surgery to help ease the pain of the condition. Here are ways to help tell if surgery is necessary.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis

A person with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) will likely have stiffness and pain at the base of the spine and lower back.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

AS: The Causes and Risk Factors

We wish we had a short answer, but research to date has not pinpointed the cause of ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Who Diagnoses and Treats AS?

A person with undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis (AS) may first discuss symptoms with a primary care physician (PCP).
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of progressive arthritis that inflames the joints of the spine. ‘Ankylos’ is Greek for stiffening of a joint, and ‘spondylo’ is Greek for the vertebra.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Signs of Relapsed Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer for which symptoms usually do not appear early. That’s unfortunate because symptoms are what motivate people to seek help. It’s important to understand the difference between signs and symptoms.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Managing Symptoms and Side Effects

Most people with multiple myeloma can make lifestyle changes to enhance comfort and well-being. The following frames provide information and resources for action.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

How Do Stem Cell Transplants Work?

Stem cells are uniquely special cells and a stem cell transplant is a medical procedure to help or cure people suffering from certain types of cancer.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Beyond Hives: Chronic Neuropathic Itching

Most of us view pain as the worst kind of suffering. We rarely think of chronic itching as a terrible way to suffer, at least not until we experience it. We have pain scales to measure intensity, but not itch scales. If we did, people with chronic it...
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN