Health and Science News for Parents
Aug
20

Melanoma Facts: Are you protecting your kids (and yourself) from the sun?

written by Tara Haelle

Even though the summer is winding down, a little bit of August is still left, and the sun’s rays burn all year-round. When the beautiful fall days around the corner finally arrive, it might be easy to forget while playing outside for hours that exposed skin is still susceptible to being burned. That means protection […]

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May
20

Is DEET dangerous? And other concerns about bug spray safety

written by Tara Haelle

With summer nearly upon us, the bugs already are upon us in most of the U.S. My sons both came home from child care yesterday stinking of Deep Woods Off, but I knew it was better than the alternative – bite-speckled skin that would be scratched open for the next month and likely leave scars. […]

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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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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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Dec
12

Can the grandeur of Mother Nature (sans technology) stimulate our creativity?

written by Tara Haelle

Not long ago, a friend posted an incredibly depressing Boston Globe story on Facebook about a UCLA study “concluding that American families are overwhelmed by clutter, too busy to go in their own backyards, rarely eat dinner together even though they claim family meals as a goal, and can’t park their cars in the garage […]

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