Health and Science News for Parents
Sep
28

Vegetables with Superpowers!

written by Tara Haelle

Newsflash! If you make eating vegetables fun, kids might actually eat more of them! Yes, I know it’s hard for parents to believe they’ve never thought of this before. I’m sure there isn’t a single parent out there who ever considered comparing broccoli to tiny trees or making faces out of food… And so, thank […]

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Sep
22

Round-up: Bullying, cell phones & cancer, yoga for autism and more!

written by Tara Haelle

I’m traveling out of state this week, so it’s tougher to post some good analyses. Therefore, I’m posting a quick round-up of recent health news stories from dailyRxthat caught my eye (or, in one case, that I wrote). Cell Phones & Cancer — I’ve been trying to keep up with the latest research on cell […]

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Sep
18

Frogs and Turtles and Hedgehogs, Oh My!

written by Tara Haelle

What does licking cake batter off a mixer and playing with a pet turtle have in common? Well, they’re both fond memories of my childhood. And they can both give you salmonella. Most people know you can get a salmonella infection from raw eggs and meats. But they may not realize that reptiles and amphibians, […]

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Sep
13

A weaker DTaP vaccine and other factors in the pertussis epidemics

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably seen the headlines this year of the pertussis epidemics in pockets of the U.S., such as the one in Washington state the CDC reported on in July. They’re looking at a 50-year high if the numbers continue. The numbers are also spiking over 3,000 in Minnesota. Last time we saw numbers like this […]

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Sep
10

It’s okay, Mom, your sleep methods are not damaging your child

written by Tara Haelle

“Mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.” —Victor Hugo Right. And then you set the kid down in his crib. Pfft! The eyes flutter open. The screaming begins. I cannot speak for all parents, but I can speak for myself and probably many when I say that […]

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Sep
5

What did the organic food study really say?

written by Tara Haelle

The internet blew up yesterday with all the reports on the Stanford study on organic food vs. conventional food. I wrote my own story for dailyRx, but I wanted to give a more broken down version here to make it really easy to see what the study actually said, what it didn’t say and what […]

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Sep
4

If your school isn’t ready for the flu, you and your family should be

written by Tara Haelle

Now that school is in session, many moms across the country may be breathing sighs of relief for a little more time to themselves. I’m about to burst your bubble with some (slightly paranoid) news: your child’s school may not be prepared for a pandemic if one comes along. At least that’s the conclusion of […]

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