Nick Blackmer

Nick Blackmer, MLIS
Title: Fact Checker
Education: Boston University, Simmons University
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

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Latest from Nick Blackmer
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What Is Heartland Virus? Tickborne Disease May Be Expanding Its Reach Across the U.S.
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Could Calorie Restriction Slow Aging? New Research Shows a Link—But Experts Have Concerns
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FDA Approves Zavzpret, a New Fast-Acting Nasal Spray to Treat Migraine
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How to Optimize Your ‘Everything Showers,’ According to Dermatologists
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Being Allergic to Garlic Is More Common Than Most People Realize, Study Shows
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Most Americans Don't Know What 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Are—Do You?
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Can You Really Lose Weight on a McDonald's-Only Diet? It's More Complicated Than You Think
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Millions May Lose Medicaid Coverage, Here’s How to Check Your Status
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Study Finds the Mediterranean Lifestyle, Not Just Diet, May Improve Heart Health
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Is Daylight Saving Time Ending? How the Sunshine Protection Act Could Impact Health
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Regular Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds
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Study: Too Little or Too Much Sleep May Increase Your Chance of Infection
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FDA's Updated Mammogram Regulations Aim to Protect People With Dense Breasts
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People Who Regularly Use Laxatives May Have an Increased Risk of Dementia, Study Shows
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Erythritol, a Zero-Calorie Sweetener, Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
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Nearly 50% of Women Skip Preventative Health Appointments—Here Are the Checkups to Prioritize
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TikTok Announces Daily Time Limit for Teens, But Is It Enough?
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Insulin Prices: Eli Lilly Cuts Costs, but More Needs to Be Done for Access, Affordability
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CDC Warns About Drug-Resistant Stomach Bug on the Rise in the US: What to Know
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IBD Symptoms May Show Up Years Before Clinical Diagnosis, Study Shows
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Pfizer’s RSV Vaccine, Given During Pregnancy, Could Be Available As Early As This Summer
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Why a 4-Day Workweek Might Be Better for Your Physical and Mental Health