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Lara DeSanto

Health Writer

Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at WTOP.com.

Latest by Lara DeSanto

Coronavirus.
Awareness

10 Important Facts to Know About Coronavirus

Knowledge is power, so here are the stats and facts that will help give you a clearer picture of COVID-19, the new illness making its way around the globe.

White round aspirin tablets.
Medication

Will an Aspirin a Day Help Your Heart?

Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, new research says you may want to rethink the old habit.

Leg of woman asleep in bed under covers.
Risk Factors

Want to Make Better Food Choices? Do This at Night

If sleep is fleeting—especially if you’re a woman—you may be more likely to adopt heart-harming eating habits, according to new research. Here’s the 411.

Preteen girl drinking from a soda can outside.
Obesity

Kids Drinking Fewer Sugary Drinks—But We Still Have a Ways to Go

These days, more and more kids are guzzling healthier milk and water over soda pop and juice, and we couldn't be more proud.

social distance dog walk

Get Your Steps In—and Lower Your BP—While Social Distancing

Go ahead and lace up. Just because gyms, fitness studios, and some outdoor tracks are shut down because of COVID-19, doesn’t mean you can’t still get your steps in.

Woman with a cold outside.
Prevention

Worst Flu Season Ever?

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this is shaping up to be another crazy-bad flu season. Check out these tips to stay healthy.

Young woman being screened for Coronavirus.
Preventive Care

5 Things People With Chronic Illness Need to Know About the New Coronavirus

Sure, the headlines might be freaking you out. But, thankfully, the risk of exposure to this new virus is still super low.

coronavirus at home treatment

Your Guide to At-Home Recovery With Coronavirus

You’re Sick With COVID-19. Now What? Here’s everything you need to know—from what to stock up on to isolation strategies—straight from the experts and federal officials.

drive thru testing

Wondering How You Can Get Tested for COVID-19? We've Got the Answers

The information on testing for the new coronavirus has been confusing at best. We went to the experts to find out exactly what you need to know. We'll even tell you who to call for information in your state.

stem cell transplant equipment

Are We Closer to a Cure for HIV?

Here’s some good health news: After a stem cell transplantation, a person in London has become the second-ever person to be completely cured of HIV.