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

Viruses 101: A Guide to What’s Making You Ill

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Viruses 101: A Guide to What’s Making You Ill

Welcome to the new season of America’s Got Viruses. From a common cold to Zika, viruses from all over the globe are competing to infect the highest number of host cells. While some viruses are mild, gifting us with symptoms like a runny nose and sore throat (we feel you,

Are Chips Bad for You?

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Are Chips Bad for You?

Salt and vinegar, barbecue, kettle-cooked, ruffled—to me, all potato chips are delicious. If there’s a bag on the counter, I’ll polish it off easily. Are chips bad for you? I know the answer, so I’ve tried to replace my chip craving with healthy options like carrot sticks and celery. But

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

Butter vs. Margarine: Which Is Healthier?

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Butter vs. Margarine: Which Is Healthier?

Toast without butter is like macaroni without cheese—sad and incomplete. Same goes for popcorn, especially at the movie theater. For years, though, we’ve been told to cut butter from our diets. Those delectable, creamy French dishes a la Julia Child are frowned upon by nutrition experts and cardiologists. Now we’re

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

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Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered

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

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

What Is Sprouted Grain Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

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What Is Sprouted Grain 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—sprouted grain bread. High in good things like fiber and nutrients and free from bad

12 Dandruff Causes—and How to Stop the Itch

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12 Dandruff Causes—and How to Stop the Itch

Dandruff is an annoying, itchy, and often embarrassing skin condition that affects nearly 50 percent of the general population. Researchers of an article published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, believe almost all of us have suffered from it. “No population in any geographical region would have passed through freely