Bethany Hoffman

Senior Editor

Bethany Hoffman is a Senior Editor for HealthCentral’s Cancer beat. She strives to reach health consumers on their own terms, empowering them to understand and act upon the health information that affects their lives so they can make effective, engaged choices. To do this, she is a passionate observer of how health, illness, and disability affect the human experience.

Latest by Bethany Hoffman

Woman crying into her hands.

Suicide Rates Rise in 49 U.S. States

Suicide is the 10th most frequent cause of death in the U.S.; in 2016, there were nearly 45,000 suicides.

Boy smoking an e-cigarette.

E-Cigarettes Remain the Most Popular Tobacco Product for Teens

The CDC’s new 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that 11.7 percent of high school students and 3.3 percent of middle school students comprised the 2.1 million youth using e-cigarettes in 2017.

Nurse measuring blood pressure.

Aggressive Blood Pressure Guidelines May Cut the Repeat Stroke Rate

If doctors adopt these more aggressive guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure in stroke survivors, researchers calculate that this could result in one-third fewer deaths.

Doctor drawing blood from a patient.

A Blood Test That Can Detect Cancers in Early Stages

Currently, many cancers progress undetected until the chances for successful treatment and cure are low. This new test can detect cancers early, before symptoms appear.

Woman meditating at home with a cat nearby.

Meditation and Exercise Combo for Women With Sexual Violence-Related PTSD

Researchers have developed an effective intervention consisting of 20 minutes of meditation immediately followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for women with sexual violence-based PTSD.


One Brand of Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Is Recalled

Hospira is recalling two lots of naloxone – an antidote for opioid overdose – because of the possible presence of particulate matter on the syringe plunger.