Health and Science News for Parents
Dec
27

Did someone get a gun for Christmas? Take these steps for safety

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post from Jeffrey Nelson, who designed the excellent infographic below with a lot of sobering evidence-based information. The issue of firearm safety and children is a big one for me, and I say that as someone who grew up in a house with guns, who shot my first gun well before I […]

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Mar
11

Preparing for the Worst Day of the Year: Daylight Saving Spring Forward

written by Tara Haelle

The worst day of the year is upon us: this weekend, we “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 13. It’s a double whammy because we lose an hour of sleep AND still must deal with the havoc that one hour of sleep shift creates for our kids. (I regard autumn’s “fall back” […]

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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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Oct
30

Halloween: The Scary Thing You Actually Need to Worry About

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s guest post for Halloween is from Rachel Drake, a community manager at Obrello, an insurance company. The inclusion of this guest post does not mean that I endorse the services of Obrello. I think the information is important, and it is evidence-based, so I am hosting the guest post. Sure, Halloween is frightfully full […]

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Sep
28

Cyberbullying Guest Post: Know the statistics and how to help your children

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is from guest contributor Amy Williams, a writer and former social worker in Southern California. She previously specialized in teen behavioral issues and has created an infographic (sourced with secondary sources) below with statistics on cyberbullying. She has two children of her own and can be found at her website here or on […]

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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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Oct
25

Spanking: Considering another piece of the puzzle in its long-term effect

written by Tara Haelle

Although it’s not in the limelight as often as various other hot-button “mommy wars” issues, the use of spanking as a disciplinary method is still a controversial – and common – practice. It is also incredibly difficult to study, so before I get to discussing the study published in Pediatrics this week about the possible effects of […]

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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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