Health and Science News for Parents
Jul
29

Florida law preventing doctors’ questions about firearms upheld

written by Tara Haelle

I don’t typically write about court cases or policy, but after writing the post a few weeks ago about the Ask Campaign, it’s hard to ignore one particular recent court decision that directs relates to children’s safety. In that post, I advocated that parents ask the parents of their children’s playmates whether there is a […]

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Jul
27

Guest Post: Water remains No. 1 among fortified drinks

written by Guest Author

Today’s guest post by Donald Bucklin (bio below) points out that the most important drink you can consume is good old fashioned water. This post is one of the few unsolicited blog posts I have decided to publish that came to me from a company, though I have no relationship with U.S. HealthWorks and do […]

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Jul
17

Guest post: Vaccines and “Unavoidably Unsafe Products”

written by Tara Haelle

Have you ever heard the term “unavoidably unsafe,” especially as it relates to vaccines or other pharmaceuticals? In this guest post by Dorit Reiss, this technical legal term is explained. This post is a bit different than the usual fare here, delving into meanings of a law, but it’s very important by those who misunderstand […]

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Jul
16

What the newest bedsharing study can and cannot tell us

written by Tara Haelle

I have written before about how the infant sleep recommendations of the AAP and the US public health community in general are unrealistic and even potentially dangerous in their effects, regardless of their intentions. A new study in Pediatrics explores the contribution of different risk factors to sleep-related infant deaths, offering findings which are certainly […]

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Jul
15

How to explain to kids the passing of a pet

written by Guest Author

Today’s post is a guest post is from Hank McKinsey, a stay-at-home-dad blogger at Home By Hank. While the research literature does not contain much on helping children process the death of a pet, Hank has pulled together what is known from research about grief and child development in general to offer some tips. Talking […]

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Jul
8

Nope, the HPV vaccine doesn’t cause blood clots

written by Tara Haelle

As one of the newest vaccines, the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is one of those plagued with some of the worst misinformation out there. Horrible anecdotes tell of strange illnesses and death that have struck down girls after they received their first HPV shot, and I’ve even written about Katie Couric’s irresponsible spotlight on these […]

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Jul
8

When lucky 13 isn’t enough to protect some kids from disease

written by Tara Haelle

The tricky thing about pathogens is that some of them can wear a lot of different costumes. The sexually transmitted virus human papillomavirus (HPV), for example, has more than 100 strains. Fortunately, not all of these cause cancer, so the two HPV vaccines available target the strains that cause the most cancer. But sometimes when […]

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Jul
2

Keeping a study in perspective: C sections, stillbirth & ectopic pregnancy

written by Tara Haelle

You may have caught a headline some time yesterday telling you that having a C section will increase your risk of having a stillbirth or an ectopic pregnancy in a future pregnancy. Before you freak out (if you have or may need a C section) or tout the findings while lamenting high C section rates*, […]

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Jul
1

New systematic review assesses ALL the serious risks of US childhood vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

When parents have questions or concerns about vaccines, they are often seeking certainty, even if they do not consciously recognize that is what they want. They want a guarantee that the vaccines they give their children are completely safe and effective, a completely understandable desire – but one which science can never deliver. Neither can […]

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