Melissa Caravella

Health Writer

Melissa Caravella is a New Jersey-based health writer and content strategist. She has spent more than a dozen years writing and editing health content for consumers, with a focus on translating complex medical information into understandable and actionable knowledge.

Latest by Melissa Caravella

What to Do If Your Doctor Suggests Revascularization

If you have pain in your legs from peripheral artery disease, your doctor may suggest a procedure called revascularization. Here’s what to know first.

Peripheral Artery Disease: An Undertreated Threat

If you have peripheral artery disease, chances are you could be doing more to lower your risk of serious complications, such as heart attack or stroke.

7 Tips for Diabetes Foot Care

Foot care is essential if you have diabetes. Here are seven tips for avoiding serious foot complications.

How to Soothe a Sunburn

Time is of the essence when you get a sunburn. Move indoors right away and follow these tips for relief.

How to Be a Safer Senior Driver

Here are five ways to be better prepared to cope with age-related driving challenges and become a safer senior driver.

6 Ways to Ease Into Giving Up the Car Keys

People who gradually give up driving fare better than those who are forced to stop without time to adapt. Here are a few steps you can take to ease into it.

Surprising Causes of Sun Sensitivity 

The combination of sun and medication and can result in a red, itchy, painful sunburn. Here’s what else can cause photosensitivity and how to find relief.

Drugs That Can Make You Sun Sensitive

Ultraviolet light from the sun can make chemicals in some drugs interact with skin, leading to tissue damage. Here are some common sun-sensitizing drugs.

Psoriasis: A Strong Predictor of Heart Disease?

Substantial evidence points to the effects of psoriasis on heart health. Yet people with this skin condition aren’t regularly screened for heart disease.

New Worries About Calcium Supplements

Getting more bone-building calcium by taking supplements seems like it should be a good thing. But some doctors aren’t so sure.