Health and Science News for Parents
Oct
28

Setting the record straight: Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time again — that time when dozens of spurious articles pop up all over the web touting all the dangers of the flu vaccine. Articles on unreliable, alarmist, misinformative sites like Natural News, Mercola, chiropractic blogs and other such sites rail against the “toxins” in the vaccine, or claim the flu vaccine doesn’t […]

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Oct
25

Spanking: Considering another piece of the puzzle in its long-term effect

written by Tara Haelle

Although it’s not in the limelight as often as various other hot-button “mommy wars” issues, the use of spanking as a disciplinary method is still a controversial – and common – practice. It is also incredibly difficult to study, so before I get to discussing the study published in Pediatrics this week about the possible effects of […]

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Oct
22

I’m pregnant! (But there were too many hoops for my flu shot!)

written by Tara Haelle

I have some exciting news to share that also happens to be directly relevant to an evidence-based parenting topic: flu shots. First, let me warn you that this the first of several flu shot posts I’ll be writing in the week or two. I’m starting out easy by writing about my own recent experience first. […]

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Oct
21

Just because you can buy breastmilk online doesn’t mean you should…

written by Tara Haelle

UPDATED: I have updated this post from the original. The added section starts at the asterisk (*). While working at a local coffee shop last week – one of my handful of office-away-from-the-home-office haunts – I overheard a mother at the table next to me talking with her three friends about her son. I mostly […]

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Oct
14

Delaying measles vaccine may mean higher fever risk

written by Tara Haelle

Delaying certain vaccines is one of the more common trends among parents who are uneasy about vaccinations but still recognize their value and effectiveness. If they hold off until their child is older, the parents reason, then perhaps the possible side effects will be less likely, or perhaps the child’s immune system will be “stronger” […]

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Oct
8

Can probiotics help with colic?

written by Tara Haelle

Probiotics are one of those new “wonderdrugs” that aren’t actually drugs (or especially new, for that matter). But buying “good bacteria” to help with any number of ailments appears trendy at the moment – and probiotics *can* be beneficial in various ways. However, it’s helpful to know what the evidence says probiotics are actually effective […]

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