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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Jul
17

Video: Elmo Says to Get Your Vaccinations!

written by Tara Haelle

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re a regular reader, this blog has been a bit sparse lately. I’ve had the triple whammy of travel, family illnesses and then a pile-up of work – plus the catching up after the travel and illnesses. June is not usually a big news month, but it was this year, […]

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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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Dec
19

Beware the real-life poisoned apples

written by Tara Haelle

One of my son’s favorite treats to grab for the grocery basket are those prepackaged caramel apples, four caramel-covered apples on sticks in mass-produced molded plastic and often stamped with a manager’s special sticker at Kroger. But in light of a recent Listeria outbreak, he won’t be eating any of those caramel apples for a […]

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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
5

Are you ready for flu and cold season?

written by Tara Haelle

Regular readers of this blog know that I frequently write about vaccines and am particularly known for addressing misinformation about the flu vaccine. While the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of catching the flu, it cannot eliminate your risk, and it does nothing to prevent colds and most other viruses. Practicing good hygiene – […]

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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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Sep
29

FDA cracks down on essential oils distributors and other “natural health” peddlers

written by Tara Haelle

If you can think of a disease or medical condition, somebody somewhere out there will declare it can be treated or cured with an essential oil. Athlete’s foot, candida, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s, depression, cystic fibrosis, cancer, MRSA, ringwork, staph, anxiety, tuberculosis, sinusitis, shingles, pertussis, flu, lupus, ADHD, pneumonia, herpes, high cholesterol, measles, arthritis, bronchitis, inflammation, […]

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Jun
30

Bug Off: Facts for parents about mosquitoes, bug repellents & health risks

written by Guest Author

This guest post was written by Matt Shipman, a science writer and public information officer at North Carolina State University. He blogs at Communication Breakdown on SciLogs, and you can follow him on Twitter at @ShipLives. For parents, summer is when we take our kids on hikes, get them to play in the yard or […]

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