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Jan
26

DailyRx Round-up, a bit delayed

written by Tara Haelle

Last week got a bit crazy (and Friday was my birthday), so I didn’t get around to posting the regular Friday round-up of stories at dailyRx, I’ll probably post another this Friday or Saturday, but I wanted to go ahead and post ones from last week. The story I found most interesting last week – […]

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Jan
25

Drugs or no drugs? Natural birth vs. epidurals examined

written by Tara Haelle

Ah, one of those neverending debates… Should you get an epidural? Or is it bad for the baby, bad for labor, bad for birthing? I’ve heard some women who chose 100% natural birth state that is absolutely the only way any woman should ever go – I call them “natural Nazis.” Most women, however, regardless […]

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Jan
23

Tiger Mothering vs. Western Parenting

written by Tara Haelle

Most moms will remember the firestorm of controversy that surrounded the release of Harvard professor Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” I did not read the book – primarily on principle after hearing several interviews with Chua – and I was among those who was put off by her approach, even if her […]

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Jan
14

Picky eater study deconstructed

written by Tara Haelle

As I’m trying to find my niche and hit my stride with this new blog, I’m checking out other mommy blogs, especially those that focus on health and science news. Two of my favorites are DoubleX Science and Science of Mom. Both the creators are moms and scientists by training, so they know their stuff […]

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Jan
14

Your dog knows what’s up! (Duh)

written by Tara Haelle

This could be considered one of those duh studies – like the one I wrote about for dailyRx earlier this week regarding toddlers’ need for naps to avoid behavioral and cognitive development problems – but it’s still fun to read about. A study published in the journal Current Biology has shown that dogs understand a […]

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Jan
13

Friday round-up of worthwhile dailyRx articles

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve decided that doing a round-up each Friday is the best way to include the dailyRx articles that I think moms will find most relevant. So, here goes… Good news for moms as we age – sexual satisfaction increases as we age (even if the frequency of having sex does not). An online tool helps […]

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Jan
12

Food Label Claims to Watch Out For This Year

written by Tara Haelle

This post is short and sweet – I’m still finding my groove with regular blogging on health and science news – but I found a slideshow on Huffingpost that’s worth a quick look.¬† The author of¬†Coffee Is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth About Diet […]

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Jan
9

Afternoon vaccination appear to mean babies sleep longer after their shots

written by Tara Haelle

Sleep is an important part of the immune system’s effective response to vaccinations, so sleeping longer after getting their shots is a good thing for kids. A study published in November has shown that infants getting their first round of immunizations slept longer over the next 24 hours if they had their shots later in […]

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Jan
7

Is your preschooler’s playground too boring?

written by Tara Haelle

Some preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise because of two relatively modern social concerns: safety on the playground and an emphasis on early academic learning. That’s the conclusion of a recent study that researched the quality and time of physical activity at 34 childcare centers in Cincinnati, which the researchers said would likely apply […]

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Jan
5

Let your teens argue with you – it’s probably good for them!

written by Tara Haelle

Mom and Dad – you DO make a difference when it comes to helping your children steer clear of the pressure to do drugs or drink. That may not be a surprise to most parents, but some of the experiences that lead to a teen’s ability to “just say no” might surprise you. In essence, […]

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