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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

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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.

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Best Flare Fighters for Kids With Arthritis

From meds to home hacks, these tips can prevent—or tamp down—a JIA-symptom spike.

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5 Keys to a Great School Year for Your JIA Kid

Whether at home or in class, these smart steps can help your child work (and learn!) around juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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9 Things You Didn't Know About Shingles

This often-confusing virus can be painful—but we've got the facts to help you understand and prevent it.

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Are You at Higher Risk of Shingles?

The shingles can cause some nasty symptoms—and potentially dangerous complications. Knowing your risk factors is key.

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How Tired Is Too Tired?

Sometimes sleep eludes us all. But a new study found that some of us may be walking around with an undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome.

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What I Love About My ADHD Kid

Parents share seven ADHD traits that make their kids exceptional.

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How to Manage Your Child’s Asthma—and What to Do in an Emergency

After the news that a Broadway actress died from an asthma attack at the age of 13, it’s time for a refresher on how to keep your child with asthma safe.

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More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

The flavorings in e-cigs might be enticing, but new research suggests they can cause significant damage to blood vessels. Here’s what you need to know about vaping—and how to quit all cigarettes for good.

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Why Did I Get MS?

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis can come as a total shock—and leave you wondering whether you did anything to cause it.