Health and Science News for Parents
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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Sep
8

Watching for the warning signs of an eating disorder

written by Tara Haelle

Consider the following scenario: you have a preteen or teen who is a little plump. Perhaps they are just a little overweight, or they need to do some growing up to account for what’s grown out, or perhaps they are actually obese and at risk for various health conditions associated with obesity, such as type […]

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Jan
1

How long can chocolate survive (in a healthcare setting)?

written by Tara Haelle

I realize today is the day to make resolutions for the new year. I will be making a few of my own (ensuring they are SMART), but I thought I’d do something a bit cheeky and fun for this blog: covering another of BMJ’s Christmas special studies, this one on chocolate that relates (somewhat, kinda) […]

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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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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
6

Friday Links Round-up (late): Toddlers, teens and in-betweens

written by Tara Haelle

I’m going to start a new routine for Fridays in which I round up a bunch of links to various health and science news I didn’t get to blog about. Much of it will be stories from dailyRx that I’ve written, but I’ll list other links as well, including fun ones to discuss with your […]

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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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