Health and Science News for Parents
Jan
29

Small Pediatricians Group Promotes Ideology, Not Evidence

written by Tara Haelle

A small group of pediatricians called the American College of Pediatricians periodically releases policy statements about various child and teen health issues. It’s obviously always important to understand who or what the source of information is, even when (perhaps especially when, George Orwell would say) the name itself sounds reliable. So, who are these ACP* folks? […]

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Jan
6

HPV vaccine and multiple sclerosis: Reassuring findings about Gardasil safety

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about the MMR and varicella vaccines and noted that I frequently hear concerns about the MMR. In recent years, however, parents’ concerns about HPV seem to have eclipsed those about the MMR. Gardasil and Cervarix are newer vaccines, and they are given in older girls and boys to protect against a virus […]

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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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Jul
8

Nope, the HPV vaccine doesn’t cause blood clots

written by Tara Haelle

As one of the newest vaccines, the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is one of those plagued with some of the worst misinformation out there. Horrible anecdotes tell of strange illnesses and death that have struck down girls after they received their first HPV shot, and I’ve even written about Katie Couric’s irresponsible spotlight on these […]

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Feb
14

10 Sex Myths Debunked When Trying to Conceive

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s article is a guest post by Dr. John Rapisarda of Fertility Centers of Illinois. This post was offered to me through an unsolicited email, but the information is evidence-based and seemed a fun share for Valentine’s Day for all those couples hoping to conceive a baby. This Valentine’s Day, many couples will celebrate their […]

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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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Jun
20

HPV vaccine boasts a seriously awesome success story

written by Tara Haelle

Do you have teenagers? If you do, I hope you’ve already gotten them the HPV shots because there’s some great recent news about the vaccine — one of only two vaccines* in existence that can actually prevent cancer. According to a CDC-funded study this week in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, among teenage girls, infections […]

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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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Mar
19

Despite HPV vaccine effectiveness and safety, parent concerns persist

written by Tara Haelle

Two different studies related to the HPV vaccine were published recently which, together, are somewhat concerning. One study concerned the vaccine’s effectiveness. The other dealt with how many parents are opting not to give their daughters the vaccine – and the reasons why. Let’s review the more recent one first, published in Pediatrics yesterday, that found […]

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