Health and Science News for Parents
Oct
31

So you think your kindergartner is a generous sweetie, huh?

written by Tara Haelle

When the basket is passed around at church for tithing, do you put in more than you would if you think someone is watching? Or what if you’re writing a check to a charitable organization. If they are standing beside you watching you, are you inclined to write it for a little more than if […]

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Oct
30

What’s this meningitis outbreak all about?

written by Tara Haelle

Why are so many people getting (and dying) of meningitis? Isn’t there a vaccine for meningitis? Can I get it? Could I get this meningitis? If you’ve paid any attention to science or health news — or even just the general news — lately, you’ve probably heard about the meningitis outbreak that’s been going on. […]

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Oct
25

A walk on the darker side of psychology

written by Tara Haelle

The trip to DC and the course have continued to throw off my schedule, but I want to keep posting some of the pieces that I’ve written at dailyRx, and this post pulls together some of the more sensitive topics. First, I’ve had the special opportunity to speak to a number of sexual assault survivors […]

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Oct
20

Round-up: Larks & owls, fruits & vegtetables, religion & spirituality…

written by Tara Haelle

Another round-up of some of the stories from dailyRx since I’m still catching up after the Medicine in the Media course… First, a feature I had really been looking forward to writing was this one looking at “larks” and “owls” – and the circadian rhythm disorders that can accompany the extreme versions of these labels. […]

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Oct
16

Medicine in the Media course

written by Tara Haelle

This entry will be brief – our family is on a combination vacation/mom’s-work trip. We’ve driven out to Maryland from Illinois so that I can attend the four-day Medicine in the Media course sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. But since it’s just outside DC, where my husband has never been, we’ll be spending […]

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Oct
10

Hey Mom! You smell tasty!

written by Tara Haelle

How does a newborn mammal know where to nurse? Is it instinctual or learned, or a mixture of the two? Well, it tends to depend on the mammal, but a nifty study with mice recently found it’s all about the unique smell of momma with those critters. The experiment does not necessarily tell us how […]

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Oct
5

It’s Orange Nose Day! Do you have yours?

written by Tara Haelle

October 5 is a fun day in the last of health — it’s the day health practitioners, public health advocates and anyone at all who supports healthy habits to sport an orange nose in their photo to show how they support five basic healthy habits. To get your orange nose, visit the Orange Nose Day […]

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Oct
1

Great news about vaccine exemptions & cocooning; Update on the pertussis vaccine and epidemic

written by Tara Haelle

Last week was one of good news for vaccines and public health. A great bill was signed into law, a court ruled against a parent’s refusal to vaccinate and a recent study points out the value of vaccinating a household — especially mom — to protect a young infant from pertussis. The latest news is […]

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