Health and Science News for Parents
Sep
21

Presidential candidates misrepresenting vaccines? I can’t let that go.

written by Tara Haelle

It was late last Wednesday evening when I was just about to begin working again on a major feature due the next day — and a couple friends on Facebook alerted me that vaccines made an appearance during the Republican debate on CNN. Great, I thought. Just what I need. It was close to midnight, […]

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Mar
25

Why I didn’t participate in PBS Fronline’s “The Vaccine War” tweet-along

written by Tara Haelle

As I wrote about at Forbes today, PBS Frontline aired an updated version of their 2010 documentary “The Vaccine War” last night, including information about the current measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and the legislative effort in California to roll back personal belief exemptions for vaccines that allow parents to opt out of getting […]

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Mar
23

The Vaccine Page: Accurate, science-based vaccine information – without snark or judgment

written by Tara Haelle

Discussions about vaccination have always been fraught, particularly over the past decade, but the tenor of the national discussion has intensified since the Disneyland outbreak this winter has jumpstarted the nation toward what’s likely going to be a record year of cases since measles was eliminated in 2000. Yet measles cases aren’t going to stop […]

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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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Sep
23

Red wine and… exercise, or how to deconstruct the hype of a health news story

written by Tara Haelle

I ran across one of those health stories recently that made me want to cheer, laugh and cry all at the same time. Really, the headline says it all: “Is Drinking Wine Better Than Going to the Gym? According to Scientists, Yes!” And of course, because of both the subject matter (red wine!) and the […]

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Sep
11

Recommended PBS NOVA documentary focuses on vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

There have been some really poor documentaries related to vaccines in recent years – ones I won’t name them because of the misinformation they spread – so it’s been a breath of fresh air to see two documentaries this year that actually provide factual information about vaccines. The first is a high school student film, Invisible Threat, […]

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Aug
18

What to expect when you’re expecting a book…

written by Tara Haelle

The past several weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I’ve taken on a new semi-regular client, and I’ve written a number of exciting stories that pulled my time away from the blog (and which I’ll share below). But the next few months will be even more of a whirlwind as I […]

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Dec
12

Katie Couric backtracks — Will she now walk the walk with her CDC guest tomorrow?

written by Tara Haelle

It’s no secret that I was disappointed and frustrated with Katie Couric’s irresponsible December 4 episode about the HPV vaccine. In addition to my posts on this blog, I wrote about the show at KSJ Tracker and at Politico. The day after my Politico piece (I’m not saying it’s related – the backlash against Couric […]

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Dec
6

More on Katie Couric, who doubles down even as critical coverage grows

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about Katie Couric’s disastrous segment on the HPV vaccine on her daytime TV show, and I included a list of several articles that also discussed the many ways Couric was irresponsible, inaccurate and damaging to public health. I also wrote a lengthier piece analyzing her show over at Knight Science Journalism Tracker […]

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Dec
5

Oh Katie Couric, let us count the ways you screwed up HPV vaccine coverage

written by Tara Haelle

I blogged about Katie Couric’s shoddy and shameful segment about the HPV vaccine over at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker so you can read my assessment there, focusing primarily on the segment’s false balance and media coverage of it. I did not spend any time at that piece correcting the misinformation in the show and […]

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