Erica Sanderson


Erica Sanderson is a former content producer and editor for HealthCentral. Living with a chronic disorder that affects the lungs and instestine, Erica focused on covering digestive health and respiratory health. Topics included COPD, asthma, acid reflux, managing symptoms and medication.

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How a Clinical Trial Works

Questions and answers on how a clinical trial works

Dealing with a COPD Flare Up

Don’t ignore your symptoms. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse your flare-up can become. Jump on a flare-up immediately so you can recover as quickly as possible without doing further damage to your lungs.

Answers About Biologics

Biologics are a class of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) drugs that target agents of the immune response that cause inflammation, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha). Biologic agents are genetically engineered from living organisms. They ...

How to Handle Stress with UC

Too much stress can end up causing more discomfort than the original problem. Try these tips to encourage calm.

6 Ways to Avoid Lung Infections

For people with COPD and other related respiratory illnesses, these tips can help keep flare-ups at bay.

How to Eat Healthy

Proper nutrition is critical for COPD patients. It not only improves health overall and helps prevent flareups, but it can also provide a boost of needed energy for daily activities. Here are some ways to maintain a healthy diet.

10 Questions to Ask About Crohn's

It is one of two diseases of the gastrointestinal tract called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The other is ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract. In some people only the last part of the small intestine (il...

How to Reduce Your Anxiety

Living with ulcerative colitis (UC) can lead to a life full of anxiety. People with UC often worry about when their next flare will happen and how UC will affect their future. Here are some tips for how to handle the anxiety to have a happy, fulfilli...

Signs of a COPD Flare Up

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lifelong respiratory condition that usually refers to chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Sometimes symptoms can worsen due to various triggers or infection, causing a COPD exacerbation, or flare up. Kee...

Maintaining a Positive Outlook with UC

Don’t stress about the future and let your mind run wild with things you can’t control or what may happen. Worry and anxiety will only weaken your immune system—and wreak havoc on your emotions. Be totally present in the moment and enjoy how things a...