Health and Science News for Parents
Apr
21

Round-up: Talking to kids about traumatic events and the week’s health news

written by Tara Haelle

So… last week was a bit of a doozy. My head is still spinning from the insanity of the Boston Marathon blasts, the explosion in West, Texas (a city I’m dearly familiar with), the poisoned letters sent to the president and a Congressman and then the exhaustive manhunt in Boston which came to a climactic […]

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Apr
16

Exploring the big-picture factors contributing to child obesity

written by Tara Haelle

Childhood obesity is one of those issues that isn’t going away any time soon, even if it seems as though we’ve already been hearing too much about it. Rates continue to climb throughout most of the US, with some notable exceptions, and public health officials, doctors, parents and schools continue to scramble to find causes […]

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Apr
13

Round Up: Video games, IVF, secondhand smoke, chickenpox, measles and more

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s a brief round-up of a couple interesting stories from last week. Video and computer games can offer kids some good – especially if they’re used to teach healthy behaviors, as this analysis of multiple studies reveals. We already knew that secondhand smoke was bad for everyone, and especially kids. But there’s limited evidence that it […]

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Apr
6

Friday Links Round-up (late): Toddlers, teens and in-betweens

written by Tara Haelle

I’m going to start a new routine for Fridays in which I round up a bunch of links to various health and science news I didn’t get to blog about. Much of it will be stories from dailyRx that I’ve written, but I’ll list other links as well, including fun ones to discuss with your […]

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Apr
2

What can we learn from a single preschool study?

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s blog post is part of an evidence-based parenting “carnival” hosted by Science of Mom that I’m proud to participate in this month. Along with several other science-minded mom bloggers, I’m writing about preschool. Discussions about the value of preschool have been in the news a lot lately, primarily because of the president’s discussion of […]

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Apr
1

Chickenpox vaccine proves effective over time

written by Tara Haelle

Among the newer vaccines added to the CDC immunization schedule in the past few decades is the chickenpox vaccine, licensed in 1995 and recommended in 1996. It’s also one of those vaccines that some parents today sometimes consider skipping, a handful even opting for the extreme (and dangerous) choice of taking their child to a […]

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