Health and Science News for Parents
Jan
28

New CDC immunization schedule released

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time again — the American Academy of Pediatricians has released the updated 2013 immunization schedule for children and teens. The changes in terms of actual shots aren’t major, though there have been some serious revamps done on the visual design of the schedule to make it easier to read and to include all […]

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Jan
28

More daycare, more behavior problems? Or not?

written by Tara Haelle

Ready for another reason to let go of that (not-helpful-anyway) mom guilt? A new study out of Norway in Child Development finds that more time in day care does not mean more behavior problems. Of course, the study is out of Norway, and there are some caveats here. The research on daycare and its possible […]

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Jan
22

YES. The CDC childhood immunization schedule is safe. For Reals.

written by Tara Haelle

This news came out last week, but in the flurry of other health-related (especially vaccine-related) news, I haven’t had a chance to get around to it except my story at dailyRx. As you may have already heard, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report last Wednesday affirming the safety of the CDC’s childhood immunization […]

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Jan
16

FDA approves a new flu vaccine – with no eggs or virus

written by Tara Haelle

A quickie with more great news related to the flu vaccine – the FDA just approved a new flu shot without eggs or the virus itself in the vaccine. The new vaccine is called Flublok (which made me giggle when I first read it as Flub-lok instead of Flu-block), and it’s a “trivalent” vaccine. Trivalent […]

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Jan
16

Flu shots! Flu shots! Get your flu shots! (Especially if you’re pregnant!)

written by Tara Haelle

In case you missed the news last week, the CDC has officially declared this year’s flu season a pandemic. Forty-seven states report widespread flu, the vast majority of which is Influenza A (80% of cases during the first week of January). Twenty percent of the cases are Influenza B, and very few of the 2009 […]

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Jan
4

Sesame Street helps unlock the secrets to the brain during children’s learning

written by Tara Haelle

Looking to let go of a little “mommy guilt” for using the television now and then to give yourself a breather? There may be plenty of evidence that leaving children to watch too much television is a bad idea, but there is something to the idea that educational TV is, well, educational. We have the […]

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