Health and Science News for Parents
Nov
24

It’s That Time Again: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Flu Vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

This post is co-published with NPR’s health blog Shots. Check out the story for updated information about this year’s flu shot from a CDC medical officer. Once again, flu season is upon us — and so are all the misconceptions, excuses and worries that have kept so many people away from getting their flu vaccines. Plenty […]

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Nov
3

Help “Shatter the Myths” about postpartum depression

written by Tara Haelle

When I had my first son, I and my husband were on the lookout for symptoms of postpartum depression. I have a history of depression and am therefore already at higher risk for postpartum depression than the average person. As I have already written, I did not experience the overwhelming love that so many new […]

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Aug
7

Catching Up and Friday Video: “All About That Vax”

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably noticed the blog has been a bit thin of late. I have a long list of backlogged pieces to write, but the past seven weeks have been nonstop illnesses in our home — including ER visits, too many doctor visits to count, and even two hospital admissions and stays — so I’ve fallen […]

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Aug
2

A place to share pregnancy loss… and make it a little less lonely

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter. In that announcement on Facebook, he also shared that the couple has gone through three miscarriages, a revelation that will no doubt help the many women who experience pregnancy loss every year and feel lonely and perhaps even […]

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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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Nov
25

Safety of the Tdap in pregnancy and exploring the evidence for pertussis cocooning

written by Tara Haelle

I began writing this post almost two months ago when a study I had been waiting for almost a year came out – one looking for clinical, epidemiological (“real world”) evidence for “cocooning,” which I’ll explain in a moment. But now I’m kind of glad I didn’t finish it then because it’s perfect to combine with […]

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Nov
23

Two sisters’ Kilimanjaro climb raises awareness for at-risk newborns

written by Tara Haelle

As I write this, two businesswomen are somewhere along the long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Although I don’t typically write about awareness campaigns, I wanted to give a shout out on this one because Kilimanjaro has a special place in my heart, and the women’s cause does as well. Sisters […]

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Jul
2

Keeping a study in perspective: C sections, stillbirth & ectopic pregnancy

written by Tara Haelle

You may have caught a headline some time yesterday telling you that having a C section will increase your risk of having a stillbirth or an ectopic pregnancy in a future pregnancy. Before you freak out (if you have or may need a C section) or tout the findings while lamenting high C section rates*, […]

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May
5

Making sense out of the baboon pertussis study

written by Tara Haelle

So it’s time for me to get a monkey off my back 😉 At long last, I’m going to write about the baboon pertussis study. I’ve been meaning to write about this study pretty much since it came out last November, and I’ve had many requests to write about it. I did actually write a […]

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Feb
24

What’s the deal with Tylenol during pregnancy and ADHD?

written by Tara Haelle

Most likely, you’ll be seeing a lot of headlines today trumpeting the findings of a new study in JAMA Pediatrics about links between acetaminophen (Tylenol, paracetamol) use during pregnancy and later risk of ADHD or hyperkinetic disorders in children. But before you withhold Tylenol from your screaming teething baby or suffer through a horrendous headache […]

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