About the Author

Leonaura Rhodes, MD

Leonaura Rhodes, MD

Dr. Leonaura Rhodes is a physician turned author and health writer and currently Medical Writer for Belvoir Media Group. Her primary role is creating content for Belvoir's Special Health Reports division and for Belvoir's consumer health website University Health News.

 

Prior to her work as a medical writer, Dr. Rhodes served as a physician in the UK and as a health coach. In 2014, she authored the book Beyond Soccer Mom: Strategies for a Fabulous Balanced Life.

In her medical career, Dr. Rhodes has worked in hospital medicine, general practice, developmental pediatrics, and public health. She gained her MD (MB ChB) from the University of Manchester and her Masters in Public Health from the University of London. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Articles by Leonaura Rhodes, MD

What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

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What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

You’ve likely heard of the condition, but what is lupus? Simply put, it’s a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. In the United States, lupus affects one in 2,000 people.

Lupus can affect multiple systems of the body, including the joints, kidneys,

Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

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Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

We typically think of muscular dystrophy as a singular disease. But, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s more complex than that: “The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control

Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Remedy or Scam?

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Remedy or Scam?

Some in the media have touted apple cider vinegar as a miracle cure-all. Wishful thinking, sadly. Miracle cure-alls are few and far between. Having said that, there is some research that supports apple cider vinegar’s use in certain conditions. So let’s delve into the science—limited though it may be—of this

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11. Caring for Yourself in Arthritis

Living with arthritis can be tough. It affects you physically and emotionally, and also can impact all of the practical aspects of your life. Moreover, when it comes to arthritis care, everyone is different: What works for one person may not work for you—so experiment, and come up with a

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10. Alternative Arthritis Treatments

Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire”

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9. Arthritis and Diet

According to the World Health Organization, an unhealthy diet is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other conditions that are linked to obesity. While there is limited research on possible direct links between diet and arthritis, there is

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8. Arthritis and Exercise

The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed,  but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. The benefits include:

Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect against complications that