Health and Science News for Parents
Dec
31

Tamiflu now approved for babies too

written by Tara Haelle

This news was announced by the FDA last week, but in case you missed it in the holiday bustle, Tamiflu, the brand name for the medication oseltamivir, was just approved for use in infants. Babies aged 2 weeks and older who have shown flu symptoms for 2 days or less can be prescribed Tamiflu as […]

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Dec
26

Disheartening find regarding firearm injury prevention research

written by Tara Haelle

I am part of a newly formed group called Parents Against Gun Violence, so some of the blog pieces I write for them (which are then posted on our Facebook page) are ones I may cross-post on this blog if they are health/science-related. That is the case with today’s posts and the next two I’ll […]

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Dec
23

Where are we with the gender wage gap?

written by Tara Haelle

Today I’m offering up another infographic for your Sunday, from Kayla Evans at LearnStuff. See the full infographic by clicking to see the full blog entry below. While I don’t usually discuss too many gender/social issues on this blog, I think it’s important that parents are aware of the gender disparity that continues in our […]

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Dec
17

Why a UN ban on thimerosal in vaccines would be a big mistake

written by Tara Haelle

Hang on tight, friends! This is a long post – but an important one – about several articles published in Pediatrics today that could affect the protection of children everywhere from vaccine-preventable diseases. If you’ve ever had questions about thimerosal in vaccines, this post may address some of those questions as well. All three Pediatrics […]

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Dec
14

How to help children process traumatic events and news

written by Tara Haelle

The whole nation is reeling with the news of today’s tragic shooting spree at a Connecticut elementary school. I had to take a break from social media and even from my work for a good cry because I just couldn’t take seeing all the status updates and news updates coming in. It was too much […]

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Dec
12

Can the grandeur of Mother Nature (sans technology) stimulate our creativity?

written by Tara Haelle

Not long ago, a friend posted an incredibly depressing Boston Globe story on Facebook about a UCLA study “concluding that American families are overwhelmed by clutter, too busy to go in their own backyards, rarely eat dinner together even though they claim family meals as a goal, and can’t park their cars in the garage […]

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Dec
11

A spoonful of sugar may actually help the medicine go down

written by Tara Haelle

The Mary Poppins allusion is irresistible because it is so appropriate for discussing a research review published today on sweet pain relief for babies getting injections. Comparing 14 studies with over 1,500 babies (1 month to 1 year old), the authors cautiously determined that a little sugar water before shots appears “promising.” Unfortunately, the studies […]

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Dec
10

Chest-compression-only CPR helps folks “Stay Alive”

written by Tara Haelle

Although I’m up to date on my CPR training, the last thing I ever want to have to do is use it. For one thing, I don’t want to be tested in real life on whether I’m doing it “right,” somewhat stemming from insecurity about doing the “rescue breathing.” Aside from wanting to be sure […]

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Dec
3

Getting in Bed with Gadgets… An Infographic

written by Tara Haelle

Today something bright and colorful and fun – and informative – to wake you up on Monday: an infographic about the health effects of too much technology and gadgetry when we should be sleeping. (Full disclosure: I’m typing this at 2:32 am on my laptop before, um, going to bed. Guilty!) Seriously, though, one of […]

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