Lara DeSantoHealth Writer
Lara is formerly a 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
While Pap smears and HPV tests have been fairly effective in detecting cervical cancer, a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics is basically fool-proof — and more affordable.
If you believe in the idea of “oneness,” you’re likely to be happier, according to this new study published by the American Psychological Association. But what does that mean, exactly?
If you work in service, the phrase “service with a smile” is likely familiar. But this practice could be hurting you, according to a new study.
You probably know that high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease, but did you realize the condition can impact everything from your eyes to your pancreas? Learn what to watch for—and what to do to protect against complications.
Wet AMD is a serious—but treatable—condition. It just happens that the treatment requires getting regular injections into your eyes. (We know!) With some prep and practice, you can get over your fears and get the sight-saving medicine you need.
New research suggests that white meat may not be much healthier than beef after all.
New research suggests that people who have inflammatory bowel disease or diabetes may have a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Find out what we know about the connection so far, and what you can do to lower your odds of developing RA.
A new genetic test may one day help women and their doctors make more confident decisions.
The current HPV vaccine, Gardasil9, prevents cervical cancer—but a new vaccine could actually get rid of HPV and precancerous cells in people who are already affected.