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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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...

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8 Facts About RA and Heart Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis doubles your risk of heart disease. Here's what you should know about the connection and tips for reducing your risk.

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10 Ways to Make Life Easier with RA

Does rheumatoid arthritis make it hard for you to open pill bottles or turn on light switches? Try these 10 tips for reducing pain in your daily routine.

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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.

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Food to Avoid with Hepatitis C

Alcohol has a clear detrimental effect on the liver, and someone with hepatitis C (HCV) needs to be especially careful. In order to recover from HCV and prevent liver damage, abstaining from alcohol is an important dietary step.

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6 Facts About Alopecia

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles. In alopecia areata, the hair falls out in small, round patches about the size of a quarter. In some cases, people will only have a few bare patches, but in other...