Health and Science News for Parents
Nov
30

“Microneedle” measles vaccine patches in development

written by Tara Haelle

Most children find nothing fun about needles, including the shots they get for their immunizations. So wouldn’t it be nice if at least one of those vaccines could be magically delivered through their skin with a sticker? They could get the fun sticker during the immunization instead of afterward! Well, actually it would be a […]

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Nov
26

Car exhaust, autism, say whaaaaat?

written by Tara Haelle

Here we go again… Those who closely follow research on autism – and believe in critically examining the increasing number of studies coming out about environmental exposures and autism – have seen study after study come out linking autism to any number of possible factors. Aside from the ten-thousand-times-over-debunked (non)link to vaccines (pdf), autism has […]

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Nov
26

Your baby yawns inside you!

written by Tara Haelle

If you got an ultrasound while pregnant, you probably remember trying to pick out the different limbs and body parts with the help of the technician. We were fortunate to get a 4D ultrasound during my pregnancy (it was actually not so fortunate because it was related to a borderline test result, but in retrospect, […]

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Nov
23

The only thing in your crib should be your baby

written by Tara Haelle

Few things frighten new parents like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The mystery of it and the “suddenness” of it often worry parents until kids grow to an age where it no longer happens. But what new parents should really be concerned about is suffocation – it’s the leading cause of death for babies under a year […]

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Nov
19

Good news for early little swimmers

written by Tara Haelle

Those who follow this blog know that I’m pretty passionate about a handful of very specific issues related to parenting, one of which is early swim lessons for children. Today I stumbled onto some cool news that supports swim lessons for unexpected reasons: it may help with development skills of all kinds, including cognitive, literacy […]

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Nov
13

If you want your dinner, little fairy-wren, sing the secret password!

written by Tara Haelle

Magic words and passwords are fun – and good learning tools. We teach our children to say the “magic word” when they ask for something, and many of us teach our children a password to use with school pick-ups so they don’t go home with a stranger. But there’s one bird species that one-ups us humans […]

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Nov
7

Round-up: News about sleep issues, ADHD, bullying, organic food and more

written by Tara Haelle

Okay, I haven’t done a round-up in a little while, and I’m hoping to get into the habit of doing one a week (which means they’ll be shorter too). This post is just a big ol’ list of stories I’ve written in the past two weeks for dailyRx that I think may be of interest […]

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Nov
2

Attention Pregnant Women! Of vaccines and antidepressants…

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a brief one just to note a couple important stories that anyone pregnant, or considering getting pregnant, should take the time to read. The first one you may have already heard about. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met last week and decided to recommend the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women […]

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