Health and Science News for Parents
Jun
30

Bug Off: Facts for parents about mosquitoes, bug repellents & health risks

written by Guest Author

This guest post was written by Matt Shipman, a science writer and public information officer at North Carolina State University. He blogs at Communication Breakdown on SciLogs, and you can follow him on Twitter at @ShipLives. For parents, summer is when we take our kids on hikes, get them to play in the yard or […]

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Jun
21

Do you ask the question that might save your child’s life?

written by Tara Haelle

My oldest son recently turned 4 years old, and he’s gone to play several times at neighbors’ homes without my husband or I sticking around. He’s reaching that age when I might drop him off at a friend’s house for a few hours and then return to pick him up, trusting that during that time, […]

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Jun
19

Why the Chickenpox Vaccine? No shift in infections after varicella vaccine introduction

written by Tara Haelle

This post is part of a new, occasional series exploring why individuals should consider a specific vaccine on the CDC schedule that they might have reservations about. One of the newest vaccines on the CDC schedule is the varicella vaccine, which protects against chickenpox. Introduced to the schedule in 1995, the chickenpox vaccine is one […]

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Jun
9

The power of herd immunity seen with the rotavirus vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

One of the coolest things about vaccines is that they work on two levels: at the individual level and at the population level. That means that even a vaccine that has a lower effectiveness, say 80%, can still protect more than 80% of the population when enough individuals have received it. This occurs, of course, […]

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Jun
6

Guest Post: A math lesson in vaccines and infectious disease

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post by Craig Egan, fearless fighter of anti-vaccine myths and misinformation. Craig tends to have a bit more bite and snark than I do in these posts, but he does an excellent job here of using math to break down exactly why it’s not ethical to choose not to vaccinate […]

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Jun
5

Housekeeping: New pages, comments policy and more

written by Tara Haelle

It’s taken way too long, but I have finally gotten around to adding a few pages to this blog, including updates to the About page, a new FAQ & Disclosures page that contains any potential disclosures and conflicts of interest, a New Parents page with some recommended posts, and a Comments Policy page. I still […]

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