Karen Pallarito, Health magazine

Karen Pallarito

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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Karen:

What Is Acute Cholecystitis? How to Know if Your Gallbladder Is Inflamed—And What to Do About It

Acute cholecystitis is the medical term for an inflamed or irritated gallbladder. Here's what to know about symptoms associated with acute cholecystitis, causes and risk factors, and treatment options for the condition. → Read More

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots—Here's Who Can Get One

On September 22, the FDA granted an emergency use authorization for booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Now, after a review of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), CDC has weighed in. Here's who may soon be eligible to get one. → Read More

Can You Eat Sushi While Breastfeeding?

Sushi was off-limits while you were expecting, but is it okay now that you've had your baby and are breastfeeding? Here's more on whether sushi is safe when nursing. → Read More

Your Postpartum Nutrition Guide

After giving birth, you’ll want to fill up on healing foods that will help your body recover. Learn more about what to eat postpartum. → Read More

Postpartum Period: Your First Period After Giving Birth

It was a nice break while it lasted, right? Here's what to know about your period returning postpartum. → Read More

What is the Delta-Plus Variant? Here's What We Know So Far About the COVID Strain

Delta plus, a mutation of the Delta variant, has been identified in the US as well as a handful of other counties. It accounts a tiny fraction of COVID-19 cases in the US. How much of a threat does it pose? Here's what we know so far. → Read More

10 Reasons You Have an Armpit Rash—And How to Treat It

What's that rash under your arm? An armpit rash can have many different causes, from contact dermatitis to ringworm and more. Here's what to look for and how to treat an armpit rash. → Read More

Fully Vaccinated People Can Still Get a COVID 'Breakthrough' Infection—Here's What That Means

As the Delta variant sweeps the nation, some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are developing "breakthrough infections." Here's what that means and what to do if you get infected. → Read More

Can You Safely Hang Out with Unvaccinated Friends? Here's What Doctors Recommend

Now that COVID cases are increasing again, people want to know what's safe. Is it OK to hang out with unvaccinated friends? Does the Delta variant make a difference? Infectious disease doctors provide advice on masking and safe venues. → Read More

J&J Just Recalled 5 Popular Sunscreen Sprays After Detecting Low Levels of Carcinogen

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday issued a voluntary recall of 5 stay sunscreens, including the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands, after testing detected low levels of benzene, a human carcinogen. J&J advises people to stop using these sunscreens. → Read More

Jessie James Decker Blasts Reddit Body-Shamers for Commenting on Her Weight Gain in Tearful Video

"It's pretty awful and I just cannot believe this is still happening in the world." → Read More

'Scromiting' Has Been Linked to Cannabis Use and Is on the Rise—Here's What This Illness Is

Doctors are reporting a rise in cases of scromiting, aka cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. Here's why that may be happening. → Read More

People Are Sticking Garlic Cloves Up Their Noses to Clear Sinuses on TikTok—Here's Why That's a Really Bad Idea

A TikTok video shows a woman stuffing cloves of garlic up her nose to relieve sinus congestion. A doctor explains why that won't work and why it's not safe. → Read More

Postpartum Perineum Pain: How to Relieve Vaginal Pain After Birth

After giving birth, you may experience postpartum perineal pain while you heal. Learn how to relieve postpartum vaginal pain here. → Read More

COVID Vaccines for Kids 12 to 15: Your Biggest Fears Addressed by Experts

Children age 12 to 15 are eligible to receiver Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, but parents have concerns. Meantime, CDC is investigating a small number of reports of heart inflammation after a second mRNA vaccine. Find out what the science says, according to experts. → Read More

Peloton Recalls Treadmills After Child’s Death and Multiple Injuries—Here’s What You Need to Know

Customers are being advised to stop using the treadmills, and Peloton is offering full refunds for the machines. → Read More

How to Cope With the Emotional Distress of a Mass Shooting-Even if It Didn't Directly Affect You

Ways to cope with the emotional distress of a mass shooting, even if it didn't directly affect you, according to experts. → Read More

Rapper DMX Is in a ‘Vegetative State’ After Suffering a Heart Attack—Here’s What That Means

Rapper DMX, 50, reportedly suffered a heart attack Friday evening, and has been in a 'vegetative state' in the hospital since. Here's what that means. → Read More

19 People Developed This Rare Blood Disorder After Being Vaccinated for COVID—Here's What Experts Say About a Possible Link

A few people have developed a rare blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenia after getting a COVID vaccine, and experts are looking into a possible link. Find out more here. → Read More

7 Myths About the COVID Vaccine You Should Stop Believing

Don't buy into these COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories touted on social media. Get the facts on the COVID vaccines from trusted doctors and health experts. → Read More