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

How to Avoid Diabetes: 4 Steps to Take

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How to Avoid Diabetes: 4 Steps to Take

Type 1 diabetes is currently not preventable, though research focused on what causes it may one day lead to preventative measures. For type 2 and gestational diabetes, however, many of the treatment options involving lifestyle changes can help delay or even prevent diabetes. Here, we offer four lifestyle tips on

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

Heel Pain: 8 Common Causes

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Heel Pain: 8 Common Causes

The heel of the foot is sometimes called the “hindfoot,” and people understandably think of it first as a bone, also called the calcaneus. But there are actually many different types of tissue that make up the heel. Disorders of any of these tissues and the structures they form can

Ankle Pain: 6 Common Causes

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Ankle Pain: 6 Common Causes

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

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6. Lifestyle: Living Your Best Life

It is never too late to make changes in your lifestyle that can have far-reaching health benefits. The human body can be amazingly resilient, capable of bouncing back from past damage or injury in many instances. Your body can become healthier and more fit at any stage in life if

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5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of