Health and Science News for Parents
May
6

Is your child with ADHD getting the treatment he or she needs?

written by Tara Haelle

The first comprehensive, nationally representative study on what treatments children are receiving for ADHD was published a few weeks ago. The findings are especially important because they are based on data collected in 2009-2010, the year before the AAP published its policy statement on ADHD treatment, so we have an excellent baseline to compare against […]

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Apr
7

Welcome back, Brontosaurus! An opportunity to explain the scientific process to your dinosaur-loving kids!

written by Tara Haelle

Remember how heartbroken you were when you found out they demoted Pluto? Well, a new investigation of paleontological evidence might just make up for it… Brontosaurus is back! A massive 300-page study in the open-access journal PeerJ has made the case that Brontosaurus should once again become its own genus, distinct from the genus Apatosaurus. […]

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Mar
23

The Vaccine Page: Accurate, science-based vaccine information – without snark or judgment

written by Tara Haelle

Discussions about vaccination have always been fraught, particularly over the past decade, but the tenor of the national discussion has intensified since the Disneyland outbreak this winter has jumpstarted the nation toward what’s likely going to be a record year of cases since measles was eliminated in 2000. Yet measles cases aren’t going to stop […]

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Jan
30

Kids can play their way to being “Stroke Heroes”

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s a video game that’s worth actually encouraging your kids to play! The American Stroke Association and health/medical partners have designed a free video game, available at the Hip Hop Public Health website, which teaches children what stroke symptoms are and what to do if they observe them in someone else. The American Heart Association […]

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Nov
20

Introducing… the new Epidemiology 101 and Logical Fallacies 101 series

written by Tara Haelle

One of the amazing things about the Internet age and Google is that access to information is almost limitless. One of the frustrating and most damaging aspects of the Internet age and Google is that access to information is almost limitless. Oh, that double-edged sword. Seriously, it’s wonderful to live in an age where information […]

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Apr
2

What can we learn from a single preschool study?

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s blog post is part of an evidence-based parenting “carnival” hosted by Science of Mom that I’m proud to participate in this month. Along with several other science-minded mom bloggers, I’m writing about preschool. Discussions about the value of preschool have been in the news a lot lately, primarily because of the president’s discussion of […]

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Feb
13

Scarlet fever probably didn’t blind Mary Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie”

written by Tara Haelle

This news is about a week old now, but I’m still catching up and didn’t want to skip it. First, I have a confession to make. I never actually read a single one of the Little House on the Prairie books. Somehow, despite being an avid little reader, I never picked them up (though I […]

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Jan
28

More daycare, more behavior problems? Or not?

written by Tara Haelle

Ready for another reason to let go of that (not-helpful-anyway) mom guilt? A new study out of Norway in Child Development finds that more time in day care does not mean more behavior problems. Of course, the study is out of Norway, and there are some caveats here. The research on daycare and its possible […]

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Jan
4

Sesame Street helps unlock the secrets to the brain during children’s learning

written by Tara Haelle

Looking to let go of a little “mommy guilt” for using the television now and then to give yourself a breather? There may be plenty of evidence that leaving children to watch too much television is a bad idea, but there is something to the idea that educational TV is, well, educational. We have the […]

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