Nick Blackmer

Expertise: Consumer Health, Patient Information
  • More than 20 years of experience as a researcher in print publishing
  • Involved in the development and revision of hundreds of publications
  • Experience with content on consumer health, patient education, safety, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, child abuse prevention, substance abuse, healthcare staff training, and parenting


Nick Blackmer is an online researcher with extensive experience helping to keep content credible and up-to-date.

He began his research career as a library reference assistant, then worked for more than 20 years as a researcher for a print publisher that aimed to help readers live better, healthier, safer lives.

Nick has worked on content spanning the human life cycle, from pregnancy and birth to hospice and palliative care and many points in between.


Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons University.

As a graduate student, he honed his research and fact-checking skills at the reference desk in the undergraduate library.

About Health, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for empathetic, trustworthy, and actionable health and wellness information so you can make the best choice for your health. We reach more than 9 million readers a month. We ensure the accuracy of our content by relying on seasoned health journalists, credentialed medical professionals and thorough fact checkers. Learn more about us and our editorial process.

Latest from Nick Blackmer
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What I Wish I Knew About Alopecia's Impact on Mental Health
The 13 Best Hearing Aids of 2022
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More Than 1 Billion Young People May Be at Risk for Hearing Loss From 'Unsafe Listening'
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How Effective Are the Bivalent Boosters? CDC Shares New Real-World Data on Updated Shots
older adult woman in hospital talking to nurse
RSV Is Sending Older Adults to the Hospital at Higher Rates Than Usual
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Amoxicillin Shortage: Common Antibiotic in Short Supply as Respiratory Illnesses Surge
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Turmeric Supplements Linked to Liver Injury in Rare Cases, New Research Shows
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Study: Mindfulness Meditation Works as Well as Common Antidepressant to Reduce Anxiety
Michelle Obama
Exclusive: Michelle Obama Heals Feelings of Self-Doubt and Fear Through Community
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Can You Still Use an Expired COVID Test?
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Working Out Later in the Day May Better Help Control Blood Sugar
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'Skinimalism' Is a TikTok Trend That Actually Makes Sense
The CDC Proposed New Guidelines for Opioid Use and Pain Management
CDC Releases New Prescription Opioid Guidelines for Treating Pain
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Nearly 1 in 5 US Adults With Diabetes Ration Insulin—Here's Why That's Dangerous
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Ozempic Shortage: How a Viral Trend Could Be Putting People With Diabetes at Risk
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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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What Is a 'Tripledemic'? Experts Warn COVID, Flu, and RSV May Converge This Winter
A doctor and a patient sit at a desk for a medical consultation.
Colonoscopy Screening May Not Be as Effective as Previously Thought, But Still Saves Lives
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How Long COVID May Be Affecting Your Workouts—And What to Do About It
Man and woman sit at an office desk looking at each other with masks on.
New COVID Variants May Fuel a Winter Surge—What to Know About BQ.1, XBB, and Others
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Should You Test for COVID Before Your Omicron Booster?
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What Is Deep Brain Stimulation? How the Treatment May Help Severe OCD
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Omicron Boosters Could Save 90,000 Lives This Winter—But Only if People Get Them