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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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What the Immune System Gets So Very Wrong in NMOSD

We explain the rogue immune process that brings on the rare autoimmune disease neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder.

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10 Things to Know About Narcolepsy and Exercise

This sleep disorder comes with overwhelming drowsiness—but getting active may help improve your symptoms.

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The Best and Worst Foods for Narcolepsy

Yep, your diet can make a difference in your symptoms. Here’s what to eat to (and what to avoid) when you have narcolepsy.

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10 Important Facts to Know About Coronavirus

Knowledge is power, so here are the stats and facts that will help give you a clearer picture of COVID-19, the new illness making its way around the globe.

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How to Get Through Your Day With Osteoarthritis

Tips for managing osteo pain and symptoms at work and at play.

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The Possible Genetic Clue to Your Crohn’s Disease

Learn how the interplay between a mutated NOD2 gene and unchecked gut bacteria may be the cause of your IBD.

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11 Things to Expect After Lung Cancer Treatment

Number one? You can count on all the feelings. Our experts help you navigate the next part of your lung cancer journey.

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Must-Haves for Your Psoriatic Arthritis Toolkit

We asked people living with psoriatic arthritis to share their tried-and-true recommendations—don’t leave home without them!

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Can Therapy Ease Your Joint Pain?

Experts say if pain meds and physical therapy alone aren’t easing your osteoarthritis pain, cognitive-behavioral therapy might help.

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A Glaucoma Gamechanger?

Could a single shot be the best new glaucoma treatment? Some researchers think so.