Health and Science News for Parents
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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