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Aug
7

Catching Up and Friday Video: “All About That Vax”

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably noticed the blog has been a bit thin of late. I have a long list of backlogged pieces to write, but the past seven weeks have been nonstop illnesses in our home — including ER visits, too many doctor visits to count, and even two hospital admissions and stays — so I’ve fallen […]

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Jun
1

Are we sure breastfeeding reduces leukemia risk? And does it matter?

written by Tara Haelle

There’s a new study out finding that breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. It’s a meta-analysis, which means it pools together the findings from a dozen and a half different previously published studies. I’ve gone through the details on the numbers below, but I’ve written about the more important issues tied up with this […]

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Dec
11

A round-up: A new 9-strain HPV vaccine! The effects of debunking vaccine myths! News on phthalates, toys, IUDs, juice and breastfeeding!

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve been pretty busy the past several weeks with my HealthDay stories, my Forbes blog and my book, so I’ve neglected this blog more than I planned. However, I’d love to highlight the worthwhile studies and the stories I’ve covered elsewhere, so here’s a quick round-up of the past two weeks of my work in […]

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Oct
26

Pumping adventures on the way to Mozambique

written by Tara Haelle

Remember the International Reporting Project (IRP) fellowship I said I had received to travel to Mozambique and report on child health and immunizations? Well, I’ve been here just under two days and have had the pleasure of meeting all the other awesome colleagues I’ll be working alongside. Tomorrow will be our first official set of program events, and I’m […]

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Aug
8

Yay for breastfeeding and immunizations!

written by Tara Haelle

It can be exhausting to keep up with all the different world and national awareness weeks and months, but it isn’t hard for me to choose my favorite “awareness” time of the year – it’s August! The whole month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the first week is World Breastfeeding Week. Boobs and […]

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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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Apr
17

Introducing the reason I’ve been quiet… and musings on my second son’s birth

written by Tara Haelle

If you typically follow my blog, you may have noticed the absence of posts for the past several weeks. And then you may have done the math from my previous posts and correctly deduced that I had my baby. Of course, you could be forgiven if you didn’t deduce as much because my would-be April […]

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Mar
5

Getting Back on Track after ScienceOnline…

written by Tara Haelle

I tried to plan ahead for this, but the best laid plans… After attending the excellent American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago in mid-February, I barely had enough time to recover (especially while 35 weeks pregnant!) before I was off again for another event, ScienceOnline, the most intense conference I attend […]

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Nov
23

Vitamin K deficiency bleeding is real — and preventable with routine newborn care

written by Tara Haelle

A new field report from the CDC last week left me feeling disheartened, disturbed and frustrated. The short version: a new trend appears to be occurring in which parents decline administration of an essential vitamin for their babies after birth – with potentially fatal consequences. And the reasons, unfortunately, appear based on the same kind of […]

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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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