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

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

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Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Caring for Elderly Parents at Home? Consider These Options

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Caring for Elderly Parents at Home? Consider These Options

Whether you’re caring for elderly parents at home or planning for yourself, it’s important to make decisions and preparations for end-of-life issues.

These measures can help ensure that your parents—or you—receive the proper care while making decisions easier for loved ones. Experts advise us that the best time to begin making

12 Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

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12 Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

What are the risk factors for prostate cancer? It’s a question that remains unanswered despite a growing body of research identifying risk factors and prevention strategies.

Scientists do know that prostate cancer symptoms occur when changes or mutations in the DNA of prostatic cells cause abnormal proliferation of those cells, resulting

What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

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What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Normal glucose levels are important to monitor, even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes.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

Balance Exercises for Seniors

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Balance Exercises for Seniors

There’s no way around it: As time passes, we tend to lose muscle mass, our organs tend to function less efficiently, and our risk of disease increases. The good news is that there is a lifestyle change we can make to mitigate these risks, and it involves exercise—particularly balance exercises

What Is Gout?

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What Is Gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. Uric acid forms when the body metabolizes substances called purines, which are found in a variety of foods. In further answering the question “What is gout?” we should describe the impact food can have.

Gout is

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