About the Author

Helen Boehm Johnson

Helen Boehm Johnson

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

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,

Got Osteoarthritis Symptoms? Try Exercise First, Surgery as a Last Resort

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Got Osteoarthritis Symptoms? Try Exercise First, Surgery as a Last Resort

Medications, injections, supplements, surgery. They’re helpful treatments that have provided pain relief and improved function for millions of arthritis patients.
But perhaps nothing can do as much for your joints, and possible rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis symptoms as the things you can do yourself—namely, exercise and weight management.
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“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

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

Bursitis: Hip, Knee, and Other Targets

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Bursitis: Hip, Knee, and Other Targets

Bursae are thin sac-like structures located throughout the body whose function is to alleviate the pressure or friction between bones and adjacent soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin. There are more than 160 different bursae in the average person’s body; some bursae are just under the skin

Diabetic Food List: Managing Your Diet

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Diabetic Food List: Managing Your Diet

As researchers have learned more about diabetes and how different types of foods affect normal glucose levels, they have placed more emphasis on diet as a component of diabetes management. Scientists and dietitians have developed various meal planning methods, sometimes called medical nutritional therapy or MNT, designed to help you

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