Lara DeSanto

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 Articles by Lara DeSanto

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Summer Self-Care Toolkit

7 Easy-Listening Podcasts for Summer

These podcasts will refresh your mind and body—like a glass of lemonade for your ears (sounds sticky… but you get what we mean).

Parkinson's Disease

Understanding On/Off Periods With Parkinson’s Medications

Here’s why your Parkinson’s medications may not work consistently—and how to manage frustrating off periods when your motor symptoms ramp up.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

5 Things I Tell Patients About Staying Strong With AS

A diagnosis of ankylosis spondylitis—an incurable form of arthritis—can be overwhelming. Here are five tips for living well with the disease from a top specialist.

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Parkinson's Disease

Getting a Grip on Parkinson’s Complications

Not all Parkinson’s symptoms are straightforward. From tremors to constipation, here are nine complications of the condition, and how to handle them.

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Parkinson's Disease

The Latest Science on Treating Parkinson’s Psychosis

Get the facts about the available treatment options for managing psychosis in Parkinson’s disease.

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Lung Cancer

8 Lung Cancer Symptoms No One Talks About

When you think of lung cancer, you likely think of coughing or chest pain—but other symptoms may surprise you.

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Parkinson's Disease

8 Facts You Need to Know About Psychosis From Parkinson’s Disease

Learn what causes hallucinations and delusions from this progressive neurological disorder in roughly a third of all people who have it.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Is It Time to Rethink Your AS Treatment?

Not all meds are created equal, and some may work better for you than others. Here are the signs that your treatment may need a switch-up.