About the Author

Shandley McMurray

Shandley McMurray

Shandley McMurray is an author and editor based in Connecticut. Currently working as an author for Belvoir Media Group, Shandley writes articles for their consumer health website, University Health News, and creates Special Health Reports. 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. She has also contributed stories to online magazines like akamommagazine.com, chatelaine.com, macleans.ca, travelmindset.com, and todaysparent.com. In her spare time, Shandley has penned three books: Hey Baby! What’s Your Name? A Canadian Guide to Naming Your Baby (John Wiley and Sons), On The Reef (co-authored with her mother, Judith McMurray, and published by Firefly Books), and Under Your Nose (another collaboration with her mother, also published by Firefly Books). After spending 30 years in Toronto, five in New York, and six in London, Shandley finally settled into a cozy house on a quiet street in Connecticut with her husband and two kids. To learn more, visit www.shandleymcmurray.com.

Articles by Shandley McMurray

Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Fast Treatment Could Save Your Life

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Fast Treatment Could Save Your Life

Flesh-eating bacteria—also known as necrotizing fasciitis, is a quick-spreading, aggressive infection that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The infection starts below the skin and spreads along the fascia (the flat layers of tissue that separate other tissues, including muscles, fat, and organs), destroying these tissues as it spreads

Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

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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

7 Essential TMJ Exercises to Relieve Jaw Pain

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7 Essential TMJ Exercises to Relieve Jaw Pain

Your jaw is an amazing thing. It can move up and down, side to side, and front to back. It helps you chew, talk, sing, and yawn. If you’re one of the millions who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, however, your jaw can also be a source of pain

The 13 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Types: EDS’s Many Forms

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The 13 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Types: EDS’s Many Forms

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, is a group of 13 heritable (i.e., genetic) disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues. These tissues—found mostly in the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls—act like a glue to help provide strength and elasticity to the body’s structures, including the digestive system and essential organs.