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Nancy Monson

Health Writer

Nancy Monson is a freelance writer and certified health coach. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including AARP The Magazine, Family Circle, Shape, USA Today, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. She is also the author of three books, including Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts, which links creativity to well-being. Read more of her work on her website, nancymonson.com, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @nancymonson.

Latest by Nancy Monson

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Treatment

Truth About Probiotics and Prebiotics for IBD

Are probiotic and prebiotic supplements really effective for IBD and IBS? A nutritionist answers your top questions about the latest research.

Senior using an exercise ball.
Prevention

The Exercise Equipment and Workouts You Need to Do to Prevent Falls

As we age, posture, flexibility, and balance are critical to avoiding falls that can lead to fractures. Safely using exercise equipment such as an exercise ball, foam roller, and a yoga strap can help to improve your posture, flexibility, and balance.

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Diagnosis

An Accurate Blood Test for Fibromyalgia

A doctor tells HealthCentral that the FM/a blood test’s accuracy is “pretty spectacular.”

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Balance

Guys: A Spa Day Can Dial Down Stress and Anxiety

Men now represent half of the spa-going population in the United States, accoding to The International SPA Association (ISPA).

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Complications

How Hobbies Can Reduce Stress in MS

Having an artistic outlet can help reduce stress and raise self-esteem for people with MS.

Senior couple walking together.
Relationships

Dating Someone Whose Spouse Has Dementia

When Tami Reeves met her now-husband through an online dating site, he told her that he was still married. He also told her that his wife had Alzheimer’s.

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Relationships

Tooth Trouble: Why That Kiss Could be Risky

The state of a person’s mouth can not only be a turnoff but can also pose health risks. Here’s more on the link between kissing and oral health.

Woman looking at wrinkles in the mirror.
Treatment

Can You Trust These Eye Wrinkle Treatments?

Cosmetic filler injections, microneedling, and laser therapy are effective solutions for undereye wrinkles. Here are the pros and cons of each treatment.

Woman gets laser treatment on her face.
Treatment

Laser Treatments for Aging Skin: What to Know

Lasers have been studied extensively to treat problems of aging skin and found to be highly effective. Here are some of the risks and benefits.

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Medication

How to Ease Painful Sex After Menopause

Painful intercourse is a common problem after menopause. Yet most women don’t seek help for the problem or even realize that help exists.