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

New Treatment for Postpartum Depression Works 6 Times Faster Than Current Meds

Postpartum depression can be life-threatening — and yet, the main treatments for this illness can take weeks to start working. But a new drug called Zulresso just approved by the FDA can take effect in as little as two days.

Study Finds Surprising New Anti-Aging Trick

Until we can all bathe in that elusive fountain of youth, a new study has discovered an unexpected (and free!) way to channel your younger self.

Think Listening to Music Will Boost Creativity? Not So Fast

Music and creativity go together like Simon and Garfunkel – or Jay and Bey, depending on your generation. Or… maybe not.

Drug Prices 'Work Against Patients,' Pharma Exec Admits

High Rx costs are no new thing. But pharmaceutical execs actually copping to it? It happened yesterday. In a hearing in D.C., senators grilled top executives from pharma companies about list prices of medications, some of which can be life-saving for patients.

Newlyweds Justin and Hailey Bieber Are Lonely and Depressed — And That’s Totally Normal

While Justin has said nothing about the trigger of his depression, experts say it’s not at all uncommon for newlyweds like the Biebers to experience depression or loneliness.

Fewer Than Half of US Youth Discuss Sensitive Topics With Docs

Fewer than one-half of U.S. young people are discussing sensitive issues like sexual health, mental health, and gun safety with their health care providers, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

UTI, Robot: Can AI Detect Urinary Tract Infections?

New artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to identify and help reduce UTIs, which are a common reason why people with dementia are hospitalized.

These 4 Factors Can Predict Your Postpartum Depression

What if it was possible to predict whether your symptoms of depression would worsen during the first year after giving birth?

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.