Health and Science News for Parents
Jan
30

Kids can play their way to being “Stroke Heroes”

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s a video game that’s worth actually encouraging your kids to play! The American Stroke Association and health/medical partners have designed a free video game, available at the Hip Hop Public Health website, which teaches children what stroke symptoms are and what to do if they observe them in someone else. The American Heart Association […]

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Jan
23

Study focuses on concussions in middle school girls’ soccer

written by Tara Haelle

Concussions have been getting more and more press in the news lately. Whether it’s the pending NFL settlement or the increasing data being published about high school football, athletes (and their parents) are waking up to the very real dangers of concussions and the need to take them seriously — especially for young athletes. Concussions […]

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Jan
17

Wow – what a map! Disease outbreaks across the world…

written by Tara Haelle

I’m going to try to return to doing a post every Friday in which I either round up a few of the best health/medical/parenting-related stories of the past week or in which I post something about a particular piece that really caught my eye. This week I’m posting about an incredible interactive map that allows […]

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Jan
14

The results are in on rotavirus vaccination and intussusception risk

written by Tara Haelle

As I’ve noted various times on this blog, all vaccines have both benefits and risks. Much of the research focused on vaccines is aimed at ensuring that the former significantly outweigh the latter in routinely recommended immunizations. Then, additional studies, conducted after vaccines are licensed and recommended, continue looking for possible risks that might show […]

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Jan
8

The real story on the flu vaccine during pregnancy

written by Tara Haelle

A recent study about the flu vaccine during pregnancy has added to the continuously growing pile of evidence showing the vaccine’s safety and importance for pregnant women and their unborn babies. And yet, the fear, confusion and misinformation about pregnancy and the flu shot maddeningly persists. I’ve written about getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy […]

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Jan
1

How long can chocolate survive (in a healthcare setting)?

written by Tara Haelle

I realize today is the day to make resolutions for the new year. I will be making a few of my own (ensuring they are SMART), but I thought I’d do something a bit cheeky and fun for this blog: covering another of BMJ’s Christmas special studies, this one on chocolate that relates (somewhat, kinda) […]

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