About the Author

Lynne Christensen

Lynne Christensen is executive editor of the Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor newsletter. After completing her undergraduate degree from New York University, Christensen earned a master’s degree in biological studies from NYU. She has over 30 years of experience in medical writing and editing for both health professionals and the general public. Lynne has written patient education materials, as well as news and journal articles for several publications of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She wrote annual reports for the John A. Hartford Foundation, which funds programs to improve care for older adults, three of which received top awards in the Vision Award Annual Report Competition. Lynne has written and edited continuing education materials for doctors, nurses and pharmacists on topicssuch as diabetes, kidney disease, allergy, asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, and oncology. She has written and updated special health reports for Harvard Health Publications on Alzheimer’s disease, memory, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She also wrote and annually updates a report on Alzheimer’s disease in collaboration with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Articles by Lynne Christensen

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an operation that shortens the digestive tract to prevent your body from absorbing all the calories you consume. Weight loss is the most obvious result—but bariatric surgery can do more than help people shed pounds. In fact, in many cases, bariatric surgery can reverse obesity-related medical conditions, … Read More

How To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

For most individuals, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis will begin with a visit to your primary care provider. Your doctor will review your personal and family medical history, ask you about any symptoms you’ve experienced, review your medications, and give you a physical exam. He or she will likely administer a simple … Read More

Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

To help recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and to distinguish them from normal memory lapses, the Alzheimer’s Association has developed a checklist of common symptoms, Here are three of them. Short-Term Memory Loss For most people, memory loss is the first noticeable sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Early in … Read More

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

Everyone can benefit from getting a flu shot, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccinating everyone six months of age and older. For people age 65 and older, Medicare covers annual flu shots, including the high-dose version. Many health insurance plans also cover flu shots with … Read More
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