Lara DeSanto

Editor

Lara is a digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She's also a staff writer and email newsletter chief. Previously, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at WTOP.com.

Conditions Covered:Digestive Health, Sexual Health, Women's Health, Head & Neck Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer

Latest by Lara DeSanto

Got Anxiety? Looking on the Bright Side May Help (No, Really)

Looking for something good in a bad situation can actually be effective in reducing anxiety. And the less money you make, the more effective this tactic could be.

Gene Test for Cervical Cancer Is 100 Percent Effective, Researchers Say

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.

Alzheimer's Disease: A Brain Cell That May Make You Susceptible

Researchers found that the excitatory neurons, or brain cells that are more likely to trigger an action, are more susceptible to a build-up of an abnormal tau protein that is believed to be linked to Alzheimer's.

Can Electronic Reminders for Glaucoma Patients Help Reduce Vision Loss?

The use of electronic health record (EHR)-linked reminder systems for patients is becoming more and more common — but do patients actually find them helpful?

Hospitalizations in Homeless Americans Are Rising

In the U.S., an estimated 553,000 people per night are homeless. Among this population, hospitalizations are on the rise, according to a December 2018 study in Medical Care.

Want to Regulate Your Vitamin D? Take Magnesium, Too

The benefits of vitamin D are well established — from healthy bones to a strong immune system — so it's important to have optimal levels. One way to accomplish that? Magnesium.

One Allergist Shares the Challenges of Treating Chronic Hives

Learn about how one allergist treats chronic hives in this interview with Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.

Study Aims to Identify Diet to Help Manage Crohn's Disease

There's no specific "Crohn's-friendly diet," but this new study is looking to change that. Here's what you should know.

Extra Weight May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could ending childhood obesity reduce rates of childhood asthma? Research from the Nemours Children’s Health System suggests that it could.

Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Here's How to Find Out

Want to know whether your personality traits are considered healthy? Researchers at the University of California, Davis, defined what makes a healthy personality and explain that they’ve developed a test you can take to assess yours.