About the Author

Shandley McMurray

Shandley McMurray has written several of Belvoir’s special health reports on topics including stress & anxiety, coronary artery disease, healthy eyes and pain management. Shandley also has authored numerous articles for Belvoir's consumer health website, University Health News. Over the past 22 years, Shandley has worked as managing editor for InBetween magazine and associate health editor at Glow, among other positions. As a freelance writer, she has written articles for magazines and newspapers across the globe, including: Chatelaine, InBetween, Time Out New York Kids, The Globe and Mail, Parents Canada, and Today’s Parent

Articles by Shandley McMurray

Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

Ever enjoyed popping a pimple? How about poking a blister? It can feel gratifying to watch the grossness ooze out, right? Almost 90 percent of us are guilty of picking scabs and between 20 to 35 percent of us eat them afterwards. Um, yuck! (More on that in the sidebar … Read More

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Ever smelled smoke, burnt toast, or sewage when there was no such scent around? You could be one of millions who experience phantom smells, or phantosmia, as it’s known in the medical community (more on that in the sidebar "What is Phantosmia?"). According to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head … Read More

Are Smoothies Good for You? The Answer May Surprise You

Mmmm, smoothies—they’re so quick, delicious, and healthy. Unless you’ve been living in a remote jungle village, you’ll have noticed the fast rise of this beloved drink. Smoothies grace the menus of restaurants, juice bars, and fast food chains around the world. You’ll even find premade versions on grocery store shelves. … Read More
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