Karen Gaudette Brewer

Executive Editor

Karen Gaudette Brewer is a lifelong writer and longtime journalist with an extensive background in public policy, government, food, and wellness. She's led HealthCentral since 2016 following staff roles at Allrecipes.com, PCC Community Markets, The Seattle Times, and The Associated Press. She's honored to help illuminate the daily experiences of those who live with invisible illnesses to increase understanding and ease stigma.

Latest by Karen Gaudette Brewer

Do You Have the Most Deadly Form of Sleep Apnea?

As it turns out, people with sleep apnea who have short breathing interruptions while asleep are at higher risk of death than those with longer interruptions.

If You Know Where Your Keys Are, You're Likely Good at ID-ing Smells, Too

If you’re the person who always knows where the passports, holiday decorations, and keys are, chances are high you’re also great at identifying odors.

PTSD: Choosing Your Own Treatment Yields Better Results

A study has found that people with PTSD who choose their form of treatment, whether drugs or therapy, improved more than those who were prescribed one or the other regardless of their personal preference.

Dense Breasts? AI Can Assess as Reliably as Radiologists

Researchers have developed an automated model that can assess dense breast tissue as reliably as expert radiologists — an innovation they hope will make mammograms more reliable.

Long-term Stroke Recovery May Be Predictable With Simple Test

A 10-minute test taken within a week of a stroke may help predict how well people will recover up to three years later.

Are You Depressed? Check Your Facebook Feed

As it turns out, we're not so good at hiding our realities on social media. Researchers developed a new algorithm that can accurately predict future depression based on the types of words we use on Facebook.

Early Menopause, Shorter Life?

Women who experienced early menopause typically had shorter lifespans and were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than women with average- or late-onset menopause.

CDC: Rare, Polio-like Virus Now in 22 States

The CDC is investigating the cause of a virus that results in weakness in the arms or legs, seems to overwhelmingly afflict children, and has infected 62 people across the country so far this year.

Pregnant Cancer Survivors at Risk of Heart Failure

Cancer survivors who were treated with "cardiotoxic" cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the thorax, are more likely to develop clinical congestive heart failure during and after pregnancy.

Gut Check: Hospital Infections May Come From Patients Themselves

Researchers found most hospital-acquired infections originate from patients’ own bodies, often from their large intestines, home to hundreds of different bacterial strains.