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

Are EpiPens Too Expensive?

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Are EpiPens Too Expensive?

The mother of a friend named Summer taught me how to give an EpiPen injection when I was 9. She had me poke a needle into an orange so I’d understand what it would feel like to jab an EpiPen into my friend’s thigh if needed. Luckily, I never had

Itchy Scalp Treatment: 12 Options to Ease the Irritation

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Itchy Scalp Treatment: 12 Options to Ease the Irritation

We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my

Blood Test: What Our Results Tell Us About Our Health

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Blood Test: What Our Results Tell Us About Our Health

An annual physical and a blood test go hand in hand. Blood tests can help a doctor to diagnose multiple medical problems and diseases, sometimes before a patient notices any of the tell-tale symptoms. Conditions such as cancer, liver disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, blood cancer, heart disease, stroke, and

Blood Types Provide Important Clues About Our Health

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Blood Types Provide Important Clues About Our Health

Blood types are important when it comes to donating blood or having a transfusion. They’re also a good indicator of your potential health risks. Those with certain blood types are genetically predisposed to various illnesses, for instance. From heart disease to cancer, your specific blood type could alert you to

What Is Ezekiel Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

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What Is Ezekiel Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

What do you call a breadless sandwich? Boring, that’s what. If you’re like us and you struggle to imagine a life without bread, don’t panic. We’ve found a healthy option to help satisfy that carb craving—Ezekiel bread. High in good things like fiber and nutrients and free from bad stuff

How to Prevent and Treat a Clogged Ear

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How to Prevent and Treat a Clogged Ear

Do sounds become muffled when you’ve got a cold? Does your ear feel blocked after a long swim? Sounds like you’re suffering from clogged ear, an annoying condition that can make hearing a challenge. While a clogged ear can indicate an ear infection, it could also be a sign of

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

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Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for

Typhus: New Worries About an Age-Old Disease

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Typhus: New Worries About an Age-Old Disease

Typhus is a group of bacterial diseases with a long history. “Epidemic typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii is one of the oldest pestilential diseases of humankind,” according to researchers of an article published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum.

Despite hanging around for centuries, giving generations of researchers a chance to study

Zinc: Does It Really Fight Off a Cold?

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Zinc: Does It Really Fight Off a Cold?

You’re achy and stuffy and your throat feels like you swallowed sandpaper. Congratulations! You’ve got a cold. Now what? From eating chicken soup to sleeping in wet socks, people try a multitude of cures for the common cold. One of the best scientifically proven remedies, however, can be found in

Halitosis Remedies: 14 Ways to Keep Dragon Breath at Bay

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Halitosis Remedies: 14 Ways to Keep Dragon Breath at Bay

Nobody wants bad breath, and many who have it don’t know they’re afflicted—until they notice that people are standing farther and farther away when they speak. If you’ve ever suffered from halitosis, you’ll understand how embarrassing this condition can be. Some are so embarrassed they won’t even mention it to