Allison Tsai


Allison wrote for HealthCentral as an editor and producer for Allergy, Asthma, Cold & Flu, COPD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Skin Care, Skin Cancer, and Sleep Disorders.

Conditions Covered:Allergies, Common Cold, Infectious Diseases, Lung & Respiratory, Skin Health, Sleep Disorders, Lupus

Latest by Allison Tsai

8 Myths About Hepatitis C

There is not currently a hepatitis C vaccine in the U.S. Vaccines are available only for hepatitis A and B. But researchers now are working to develop one for hepatitis C.

8 Ways to Improve Quality of Life

Being diagnosed with COPD can be scary and life-changing. But you can still live a rich and engaging life; you just need to make some adjustments. Here are some tips for getting the most out of every day.

Facts About Sex and Hepatitis C

It is extremely rare to spread hepatitis C (HCV) among sexually monogamous couples. But other sexual practices can increase your risk.

Hepatitis C Terms to Know

An antibody is a substance found in the blood that the body produces in response to a virus. If someone has an antibody blood test done to detect hepatitis C, the test is identifying if a person has antibodies to the virus, which would indicate that ...

Stopping the Spread of Hepatitis C

Covering cuts and blisters prevents other people from coming into contact with your blood. Though risk of hepatitis C transmission in a household is near zero, it’s still good to take precautions.

A Hepatitis C Timeline

Scientists believe that the different subtypes of hepatitis C (HCV) originated around 200 years ago and that the six main genotypes of HCV have a common ancestor that dates back 400 years ago. But HCV likely evolved over hundreds of thousands of year...

8 Facts About RA and Heart Disease

Two studies presented in 2008 at the Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism found that people with RA had double the risk for heart disease, which was comparable to risk for people with type 2 diabetes. More studies in 2013 confirmed thos...

How to Make Life Easier with RA

Prescription bottles can be difficult to manage when you have RA hands. If you have trouble removing childproof lids on prescription bottles, ask your pharmacist to replace them with easy-to-open lids.

Do You Know How to Manage Your Pain?

Rheumatoid arthritis pain can be intense during a flare, or it can be muted in the background when your RA is mostly controlled. Either way, you need to know how to manage your pain most effectively.

Do You Know How Hepatitis C is Spread?

What is the primary way hepatitis C (HCV) is transmitted?