Health and Science News for Parents
Jul
3

Tough Topics: What does research really tell us about guns?

written by Tara Haelle

In the wake of the Orlando massacre at Pulse — just the most recent mass shooting and one of many more likely to come — the conversation about gun control has flared up again. It got a bit more traction in Congress with Sen. Chris Murphy’s Senate filibuster and the sit-in in the House led by […]

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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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Dec
2

New insights into the secrets of SIDS

written by Tara Haelle

It’s a bit ironic that since I began researching and writing the chapter section of our book on SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and on bedsharing, I’ve been assigned two articles related to infant sleep deaths and then saw a study last week about a new discovery related to SIDS. It’s an area I’m particularly […]

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Nov
20

Pretty poison pods pose pediatric problems

written by Tara Haelle

Okay, so I admit I had a little fun with the headline, but that’s about all the fun I can have with this issue since the study I’m writing about is far from amusing. Research in Pediatrics last week investigated poisonings involving laundry detergent pods, and the numbers are a bit staggering, even to me. […]

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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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Jun
21

Do you ask the question that might save your child’s life?

written by Tara Haelle

My oldest son recently turned 4 years old, and he’s gone to play several times at neighbors’ homes without my husband or I sticking around. He’s reaching that age when I might drop him off at a friend’s house for a few hours and then return to pick him up, trusting that during that time, […]

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Mar
12

Hey parents – crank down the volume on those sound machines

written by Tara Haelle

I’m counting down the last few weeks until my baby arrives, and as I went through and deleted old apps I’m no longer using in my phone and iPad, I made sure NOT to delete Simply Noise, my favorite of the white noise apps I used when my preschooler was a baby. Oh how that […]

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Feb
1

Pacifiers and strollers recalled – and a new “recalls” blog feature

written by Tara Haelle

This is a quick post to alert parents about a recall on some pacifiers and a stroller. Previously, I have not reported on recalls, especially because any parent can easily subscribe to email updates about them on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. I happened to see these two notices in a parenting group 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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Jan
23

Study focuses on concussions in middle school girls’ soccer

written by Tara Haelle

Concussions have been getting more and more press in the news lately. Whether it’s the pending NFL settlement or the increasing data being published about high school football, athletes (and their parents) are waking up to the very real dangers of concussions and the need to take them seriously — especially for young athletes. Concussions […]

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