Health and Science News for Parents
May
29

A new kids’ clothing line goes “beyond pink and blue”

written by Tara Haelle

Note: This post breaks my longstanding personal rule not to promote a particular business. I am writing this in support of a friend and former student who is starting a new business whose ethic is something I ascribe to as well. This is not an unbiased post. We don’t drive through the McDonald’s drive-through often, […]

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May
27

The non-links involving mental illness, autism and violence

written by Tara Haelle

In a bit of a departure from this blog’s usual fare, I feel an obligation to share something I posted to my Facebook feed, along with a list of highly recommended links. A version of this post is also published on the blog of Parents Against Gun Violence, a group I co-founded with six other […]

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May
19

Rotavirus vaccine shedding poses little risk

written by Tara Haelle

One of the concerns that comes up most often with live-virus vaccines is the risk of “shedding.” Since live vaccines use an attenuated, or weakened, form of the vaccine, there is a very, very tiny risk that a person recently vaccinated with such a vaccine may “shed” some of the virus to those around them, […]

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May
12

Circumcision gets riskier the older a male is

written by Tara Haelle

[Note: I wrote this fairly quickly because the study was just released, but I hope to update it with more details soon.] A new study today from JAMA Pediatrics is sure to stir up some controversy โ€“ย it’s about one of those hot button topics that requires but a brief passing mention before an all-out throw-down […]

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May
11

I AM enjoying the moment, dammit!

written by Tara Haelle

“How old,” asks the smiling, grandmotherly lady? I smile back, “He’s three, and his brother is six weeks.” “How sweet,” she says. “They’re just precious.” “Thank you,” I smile politely, and then I brace myself for what I know is coming next. “They just grow so fast. My daughter is your age now. Enjoy these […]

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May
5

Making sense out of the baboon pertussis study

written by Tara Haelle

So it’s time for me to get a monkey off my back ๐Ÿ˜‰ At long last, I’m going to write about the baboon pertussis study. I’ve been meaning to write about this study pretty much since it came out last November, and I’ve had many requests to write about it. I did actually write a […]

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May
1

Formaldehyde, chemophobia, EWG and the MOST IMPORTANT THING to know about “toxic” stuff

written by Tara Haelle

This post is a bit of a mash-up in which I’m pulling together a couple of different topics I’ve been meaning to get to, and it just happens to be convenient to knock them all out at once. First, a few months ago, the New York Times reported on Johnson & Johnson’s release of newly […]

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