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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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Risk Factors

Heart Disease an Issue? Be Careful With Marijuana

Whether its use is for fun or function, new research has found a too-significant-to-ignore link between using weed and cardiovascular health.

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Blood

New Tech Lets You Test Your Blood Sugar Without Needles

Thanks to artificial intelligence, no-prick glucose testing may be the wave of the future for diabetics.

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Surgery

Could Kidney Transplant Waiting Lists Soon Get Shorter?

Donor kidneys are safe to use for transplants even if they aren’t in tip-top shape, according to new research.

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Brain

Workout Motivation: You’ll Boost Your IQ, Too

Exercise is good for your body—it’s a no-brainer, right? And speaking of brains, yours reaps the benefits of that workout too, new research confirms.

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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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Eating with UC

Ulcerative colitis has a way of taking away your appetite (and not just because of what's going on in the bathroom). We'll help you understand the role food plays in your symptoms, and how to ensure it helps you heal instead of hurt.

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Let's Talk About the Signs and Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

And if we're talking UC, that means talking about poop, people. But ulcerative colitis isn't only a GI problem. It's a chronic disease that can manifest in all sorts of ways. These are UC symptoms to watch for.

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Let's Talk About the Causes of Ulcerative Colitis

Number one and most important: It’s not your fault you were diagnosed with UC. We'll help you understand what factors do play a part so you can get on with what matters: feeling better.

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Risk Factors

Get Moving to Slash Your Risk of 7 Cancers

You already know that exercise is good for the heart. New research shows that working out cuts cancer risk, too.

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Prehypertension

Working Too Hard May Raise Your Blood Pressure

Not sure about taking that vacay? A new study—that confirms a link between high blood pressure and working too much—may help you decide.