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

Brain Tumors: Do They Respond to Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy, a type of treatment that enlists parts of our immune systems to fight diseases, may also help treat slow-growing brain tumors, a new study shows.

The Future of Bladder Cancer Detection? Pee in a Cup

Researchers have developed a way to scan urine to detect the signature features of cancerous cells, a non-invasive method to check for bladder cancer that could make screening easier.

Missing Teeth? Postmenopausal? Check Your Blood Pressure

A study of 36,692 postmenopausal women in the United States indicated that women who have lost teeth are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

Autism Treatment: Some Kids Miss Out

As many as one third of U.S. children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't get behavioral or medication treatment to help them manage their neurodevelopmental challenges.

Bright Lights, Bad Sleep: Light Pollution and Insomnia

The more exposure older adults had to artificial outdoor light at night — even from inside their homes — the worse their insomnia became.

More Young People Than Ever Have Chronic Kidney Disease

Over the past 15 years the increased number of Americans living with chronic kidney disease also affected younger adults ages 20 to 54, a group for which the disease had been uncommon.

We Know Why You Sometimes Lie to Your Doctor

There are many reasons you might lie to your doctors, but new surveys say the fear of being judged and embarrassed are two of the biggest.

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.