About the Author

Helen Boehm Johnson, MD

Helen Boehm Johnson, MD, is a medical writer who brings the experience of a residency-trained physician to her writing. She has written Massachusetts General Hospital’s Combating Memory Loss report (2019, 2020, 2021) and Tufts’ Road to Wellness. Helen graduated from Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital. Her writing has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals (American Journal of Infection Control, 2016; AORN Journal, 2019), guidelines for implementation of new medical technology, practice forum white papers, case reports, and medical information guides. Helen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of the South, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She and her family reside in Vero Beach, FL. 


Articles by Helen Boehm Johnson, MD

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More
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