Julia Ries

Title: Writer
Education: Boston College
Expertise: Mental health, reproductive health, infectious diseases, public health
  • Philly-based freelance health and life writer.
  • Graduate of Boston College
  • Published in HuffPost, SELF, and Healthline, among other national media outlets.


Julia Ries is a writer focusing on all things health and wellness. She has over 10 years of experience in health journalism, and though she has written about pretty much every health topic imaginable, her very favorite thing to write about is mental health and the many ways in which it influences how we think, feel, act, and, ultimately, live.

There's so much misinformation circulating about health; I find it necessary to search for the truth.


Julia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and magazine journalism from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Before transferring to Boston College and becoming copy editor of the university newspaper, Julia attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she was an arts and feature editor for JERK Magazine.

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Latest from Julia Ries
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Omicron Infection Timeline: When Symptoms Start and How Long They Last
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Older Adults Who Sleep Less Are More Likely to Develop Multiple Chronic Diseases
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Chemical Hair Straighteners May Increase Risk of Uterine Cancer, Study Shows
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Is There an Adderall Shortage? What to Know About Difficulties Getting the ADHD Medication
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COVID Increases Risk of Long-Term Brain Injury, Study Shows
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What Makes a Food 'Healthy'? Here's How the FDA Wants to Change the Definition
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FDA Approves New ALS Drug Relyvrio, Which Aims to Slow Disease Progression
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Forehead Thermometers May Be Less Likely to Detect Fevers in Black Patients, Study Shows
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How Moving More and Sitting Less May Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Which Type of Fiber Is Best for Chronic Constipation? New Research May Have an Answer
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Even a Quick Daily Workout Can Help Protect You From Getting COVID
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Drinking Black Tea Each Day May Lower Risk of Death, Study Shows
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When Can More People Get a Second COVID Booster?
Man Preparing Vaccine
Do You Need a Polio Booster? What Vaccinated People Should Know
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How Abortion Funds Help Provide Critical Support in a Post-Roe World
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Should You Delete Your Period-Tracking App to Protect Your Privacy?
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC, United States on December 01, 2021. The justices weigh whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks and overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
What Does It Mean to Overturn Abortion Rights? How the End of Roe v. Wade Will Impact Reproductive Health
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How Regular Dental Visits Can Help Reduce Health Care Costs for People With Diabetes and Heart Disease
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Paxlovid Rebound: CDC Warns of COVID-19 Symptom Recurrence
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FDA Approves First and Only Medication to Treat Chronic Yeast Infections
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Even People Who No Longer Menstruate Saw COVID Vaccine-Related Period Symptoms, Research Shows
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Cancer Patients Have a High Risk of Depression and Suicide, Studies Show
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At-Home Flu Tests Are Surprisingly Accurate—So Why Don't We Have One Yet?
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How Did Deer Get COVID-19—And What Could It Mean For Humans?