Health and Science News for Parents
Jul
4

Happy Fourth of July! Reasons to love America this week…

written by Tara Haelle

There are days – many days, unfortunately – when living in the U.S. frustrates or saddens or angers me. As I see black churches burning in the midst of a debate over a racist symbol following a tragedy like the Charleston shootings, it’s hard not to become despondent. When you hear presidential hopefuls making non-science based comments […]

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May
19

Rotavirus vaccine shedding poses little risk

written by Tara Haelle

One of the concerns that comes up most often with live-virus vaccines is the risk of “shedding.” Since live vaccines use an attenuated, or weakened, form of the vaccine, there is a very, very tiny risk that a person recently vaccinated with such a vaccine may “shed” some of the virus to those around them, […]

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Apr
21

New evidence out for the flu vaccine in children, especially infants and toddlers

written by Tara Haelle

It’s been well established that the flu vaccine is one of our least effective vaccines, if not the least effective. As I’ve noted before, that low level of effectiveness is not a reason to skip getting the vaccine since some protection is better than none, and some seasons the flu vaccine’s protection is upwards of […]

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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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Oct
28

Setting the record straight: Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time again — that time when dozens of spurious articles pop up all over the web touting all the dangers of the flu vaccine. Articles on unreliable, alarmist, misinformative sites like Natural News, Mercola, chiropractic blogs and other such sites rail against the “toxins” in the vaccine, or claim the flu vaccine doesn’t […]

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Oct
22

I’m pregnant! (But there were too many hoops for my flu shot!)

written by Tara Haelle

I have some exciting news to share that also happens to be directly relevant to an evidence-based parenting topic: flu shots. First, let me warn you that this the first of several flu shot posts I’ll be writing in the week or two. I’m starting out easy by writing about my own recent experience first. […]

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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
21

Round-up: Talking to kids about traumatic events and the week’s health news

written by Tara Haelle

So… last week was a bit of a doozy. My head is still spinning from the insanity of the Boston Marathon blasts, the explosion in West, Texas (a city I’m dearly familiar with), the poisoned letters sent to the president and a Congressman and then the exhaustive manhunt in Boston which came to a climactic […]

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