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

Latest by Lara DeSanto

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How to Get Through Your Day With Osteoarthritis

Tips for managing osteo pain and symptoms at work and at play.

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The Possible Genetic Clue to Your Crohn’s Disease

Learn how the interplay between a mutated NOD2 gene and unchecked gut bacteria may be the cause of your IBD.

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11 Things to Expect After Lung Cancer Treatment

Number one? You can count on all the feelings. Our experts help you navigate the next part of your lung cancer journey.

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Must-Haves for Your Psoriatic Arthritis Toolkit

We asked people living with psoriatic arthritis to share their tried-and-true recommendations—don’t leave home without them!


Can Therapy Ease Your Joint Pain?

Experts say if pain meds and physical therapy alone aren’t easing your osteoarthritis pain, cognitive-behavioral therapy might help.


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.

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A Glaucoma Gamechanger?

Could a single shot be the best new glaucoma treatment? Some researchers think so.

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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.

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8 Ways to Cope With Uncertainty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The new coronavirus has pressed pause on life as we know it, and we simply don't know what comes next. But mental health experts have tips for how to keep moving forward in the face of the unknown.

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Have You Noticed? Autoimmune Diseases Are on the Rise

No, you’re not imagining it. Studies have found an uptick in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.