Health and Science News for Parents
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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Oct
5

It’s Orange Nose Day! Do you have yours?

written by Tara Haelle

October 5 is a fun day in the last of health — it’s the day health practitioners, public health advocates and anyone at all who supports healthy habits to sport an orange nose in their photo to show how they support five basic healthy habits. To get your orange nose, visit the Orange Nose Day […]

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