Health and Science News for Parents
Jun
8

News Round-Up for the First Week of June

written by Tara Haelle

Boy, even when you’re not officially on an academic year, the summertime means schedules go all out of whack! I’ve fallen behind again, but will be adding some new posts soon. First, another quick round-up of news you may have missed or want to revisit for the first week in June. A couple of studies […]

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Jun
2

Last Week’s Round-Up: ADHD and obesity, pertussis shots, coping with natural disasters and tons more

written by Tara Haelle

Another week, another round-up of the health and science stories you might have missed… Before I launch into the different topics, I want to draw attention to this short but worthy piece on the ways numbers can deceive when we rely too much on the “averages.” It’s a great piece for educating yourself about critically […]

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May
18

News Round-Up for May 8 through May 18

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s another quick round-up of the week’s health and science news you might have missed for the first part of May. Pregnancy and Early Infancy Here’s one more reason to be sure you’re taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid— it may reduce your unborn baby’s risk of heart defects. Ever wondered how port wine stain […]

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May
10

Weekly Round-Up: ADHD, team sports, summertime dangers, nutrition, parenting styles and more

written by Tara Haelle

All right, folks, this will be a whirlwind of links, but if you missed any health or science news this week related to parenting, I’ve hopefully included it below. First there’s been a bunch of news about ADHD, and none of it really that good. First, it’s hard to tell which is worse: that we […]

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Apr
21

Round-up: Talking to kids about traumatic events and the week’s health news

written by Tara Haelle

So… last week was a bit of a doozy. My head is still spinning from the insanity of the Boston Marathon blasts, the explosion in West, Texas (a city I’m dearly familiar with), the poisoned letters sent to the president and a Congressman and then the exhaustive manhunt in Boston which came to a climactic […]

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Apr
16

Exploring the big-picture factors contributing to child obesity

written by Tara Haelle

Childhood obesity is one of those issues that isn’t going away any time soon, even if it seems as though we’ve already been hearing too much about it. Rates continue to climb throughout most of the US, with some notable exceptions, and public health officials, doctors, parents and schools continue to scramble to find causes […]

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Apr
13

Round Up: Video games, IVF, secondhand smoke, chickenpox, measles and more

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s a brief round-up of a couple interesting stories from last week. Video and computer games can offer kids some good – especially if they’re used to teach healthy behaviors, as this analysis of multiple studies reveals. We already knew that secondhand smoke was bad for everyone, and especially kids. But there’s limited evidence that it […]

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Dec
14

How to help children process traumatic events and news

written by Tara Haelle

The whole nation is reeling with the news of today’s tragic shooting spree at a Connecticut elementary school. I had to take a break from social media and even from my work for a good cry because I just couldn’t take seeing all the status updates and news updates coming in. It was too much […]

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Nov
26

Your baby yawns inside you!

written by Tara Haelle

If you got an ultrasound while pregnant, you probably remember trying to pick out the different limbs and body parts with the help of the technician. We were fortunate to get a 4D ultrasound during my pregnancy (it was actually not so fortunate because it was related to a borderline test result, but in retrospect, […]

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Nov
7

Round-up: News about sleep issues, ADHD, bullying, organic food and more

written by Tara Haelle

Okay, I haven’t done a round-up in a little while, and I’m hoping to get into the habit of doing one a week (which means they’ll be shorter too). This post is just a big ol’ list of stories I’ve written in the past two weeks for dailyRx that I think may be of interest […]

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