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Karen Pallarito

Karen Pallarito tells stories grounded in science and backed by solid reporting. As a freelance writer and editor for Health, she covers COVID-19 plus umpteen other health and wellness topics. Her freelance portfolio includes pieces for The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Working Mother, Westchester Magazine, and the news syndicate HealthDay, among others. Karen started her career as a health policy reporter in the nation’s capital, where she covered congressional hearings on Medicare and Medicaid. From the late 90s to the early aughts, she reported on health business for Reuters Health and contributed to its medical and consumer health newswires. Prior to that, she was Modern Healthcare’s New York Bureau Chief. A fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2019 class on Comparative Effective Research, Karen is committed to helping people understand the benefits and harms of clinical interventions and exposing racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare. When not on deadline, you might find her whipping up something in the kitchen, working out, bingeing on cable news, or indulging in some form of mind candy (aka reality TV).

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Widespread vaccination may help bring the pandemic to its knees, but we're not there yet.
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Female-led startups are disrupting the wellness space, using technology to make health care more accessible, and broadening conversations on topics from periods to pregnancy to menopause. Meet the women who are leading the way.
If you've ever wondered what snot actually is (and where it even comes from), we've got you covered.
Zinc is a nutrient known for its anti-viral properties—and it might offer help to people diagnosed with the coronavirus.
There's one thing you know for sure when you have a fever: You want it gone—and fast. Here's what you need to know about fever, and what you can do to break it and start feeling better.
An estimated 75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause—and they're more than just a nuisance.
Superfoods build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. Now, new evidence suggests these foods can also help you reach your target weight.
These brews will quench your thirst without blowing your carb budget.
First thing to know: cellulite is totally normal, and women of all sizes and shapes have it.