About the Author

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic is the Executive Editor of UCLA Healthy Years. Her mission is to help people feel better in their bodies. She does that by writing about health and wellness and teaching Pilates and yoga. As a freelance writer, she has enjoyed a satisfying career writing about everything from Caribbean travel to new medical discoveries. Among her published books are the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Back Pain and The Essential Guide to Healthy and Healing Foods. Her articles have appeared nationwide in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, American Way, Pilates Style, Baylor Innovations, and Massage Therapy Journal. She has blogged for a variety of clients, including the Chronic Disease Fund, and maintains her own blog at JoAnnMilPilates.com. Milivojevic has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Indiana University and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago. She began her career as a writer/producer for public radio and public television. In addition to loving her work as a health writer, she enjoys dancing the Argentine tango.

Articles by JoAnn Milivojevic

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Lewy Body Dementia

Most people are familiar with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but not so much with Lewy body dementia (LBD). It affects an estimated one million Americans, according to the National Institute on Aging. The late actor-comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease but autopsy showed there were Lewy bodies widely spread

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Do You Need a Total Hip Replacement?

Have you stopped doing physical activities due to hip pain? Do you have trouble using stairs or getting out of a chair? Have you tried physical therapy, exercise, walking aids and medications, yet still feel major discomfort in your hip? Then it might be time to consider hip replacement.

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Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation Damages the Heart

Inflammation is the body’s immune response to help us heal from injuries and infections. But sometimes, a low level of inflammation keeps hanging around, quietly damaging tissues. Chronic low-grade inflammation is thought to kick start atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque on artery walls, a key component of coronary artery disease

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. Uncontrolled, it can be a very serious problem leading to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and even kidney failure. Estimates show that more than half of people over age 65 have high blood pressure.

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Immunotherapy: Cancer’s Newest Enemy

It is widely recognized that the immune system is capable of stopping the growth of cancer. But some cancer cells are smart and can hide from the immune system by mutating and sending false signals. They can also manipulate surrounding cells to produce substances that suppress the immune system, allowing

Am I Depressed?

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Am I Depressed?

The National Institutes of Health defines depression as a common but serious mood disorder. That may leave you still wondering, “Am I depressed?”

The answer is: You’re dealing with depression if your mood severely affects you how feel, think, sleep, work, and interact with others, and if symptoms are present

Do You Have “SAD” Disorder?

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Do You Have “SAD” Disorder?

As autumn transitions into winter, the waning daylight can trigger the condition known as seasonal affective disorder. SAD is different than simply feeling listless, or unmotivated to leave your home because it’s cold and grey. It’s a type of depression distinguished by seasonality. People who experience SAD disorder may feel

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2016 Index

Bones and Joints

Fight Back Against Gout Attacks (Jan., 6)

Don’t Ignore Joint Pain (Feb., 4)

SI Joint Dysfunction (Mar., 6)

Repair Joints With Platelet-rich Plasma (Aug., 5)

Cancer

Melanoma Drug for Lung Cancer (Jan., 2)

New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Feb., 2)

Reducing Effects of Chemo Brain (May, 2)

Melanoma and Immunotherapy (June, 2)

Melanoma is More Dangerous (July,