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

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,

Dementia Test: Sorting Out Options

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Dementia Test: Sorting Out Options

What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to

Common Causes of Elbow Pain

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Common Causes of Elbow Pain

Experiencing elbow pain? To get to the bottom of it, consider the elbow’s structure.

The elbow is a complex part of the arm formed by three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the radius (the lower arm bone on the thumb side), and the ulna (the lower arm bone on the

Common Causes of Ankle Pain

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Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Our ankles are complex structures composed of four bones, the tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg), the calcaneus (heel bone), and the talus (a small bone between the tibia, fibula and calcaneus), along with multiple tendons and ligaments.

Cushioning between the bones in the ankle is provided by

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

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Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.

Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

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Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Prostate screening traditionally has focused on two methods: the digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen, or PSA testing. Researchers have always worked toward improving the accuracy and reliability of both modalities. Along the way, PSA test options have been surfacing.
New methods seek to clarify diagnoses in men whose

Signs of Dementia in Men

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Signs of Dementia in Men

It’s important to be familiar with the signs of dementia in men; early diagnosis allows for initiation of treatment and planning for the future.
Dementia is a term used to describe significant impairment of two or more critical brain functions (such as memory, language, judgment, or reasoning) that impacts a person’s

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

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Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages