About the Author

Helen Boehm Johnson, MD

Helen Boehm Johnson, MD

Helen Boehm Johnson is a freelance medical writer who brings the combined experience of a residency-trained physician and an undergraduate English major to her writing work. As an undergraduate at the University of the South, Helen was a Wilkins Scholar, the university’s largest merit scholarship at the time.
Along with completing her pre-med undergraduate work, she majored in English literature and writing as well as German while also competing as an NCAA Scholar Athlete on the tennis team. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 and began medical school at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt, she began her pediatric residency at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL which she completed in 2003.
Boehm Johnson opted to pursue a career in medical writing after the birth of her youngest children. Her writing has included multiple articles that have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, guidelines for implementation of new medical technology, practice forum white papers, case reports, and medical information guides. She and her family reside in Vero Beach, FL.

Articles by Helen Boehm Johnson, MD

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

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Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

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Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

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On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

Diabetes symptoms in men can mirror those in women, but there are some differences, as we discuss here. It helps to first understand what diabetes is: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which can lead to a number of serious complications.

In people without diabetes, the pancreas produces the

Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

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Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

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What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Frontal lobe dementia or frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represents a unique group of neurodegenerative disorders that account for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia and tend to occur in people between the ages of 45 and 64. The symptoms of each disorder can vary, depending on the part of

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

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Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating in others. Symptoms characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness

Diabetic Breakfast: How to Plan Your Morning Meal

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Diabetic Breakfast: How to Plan Your Morning Meal

You’ve heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is based in part on studies showing that breakfast can help jumpstart your metabolism for the day and on studies that have demonstrated an association between skipping breakfast and being overweight. As you fast overnight,