Health and Science News for Parents
May
12

Circumcision gets riskier the older a male is

written by Tara Haelle

[Note: I wrote this fairly quickly because the study was just released, but I hope to update it with more details soon.] A new study today from JAMA Pediatrics is sure to stir up some controversy – it’s about one of those hot button topics that requires but a brief passing mention before an all-out throw-down […]

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Feb
24

What’s the deal with Tylenol during pregnancy and ADHD?

written by Tara Haelle

Most likely, you’ll be seeing a lot of headlines today trumpeting the findings of a new study in JAMA Pediatrics about links between acetaminophen (Tylenol, paracetamol) use during pregnancy and later risk of ADHD or hyperkinetic disorders in children. But before you withhold Tylenol from your screaming teething baby or suffer through a horrendous headache […]

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Oct
14

Delaying measles vaccine may mean higher fever risk

written by Tara Haelle

Delaying certain vaccines is one of the more common trends among parents who are uneasy about vaccinations but still recognize their value and effectiveness. If they hold off until their child is older, the parents reason, then perhaps the possible side effects will be less likely, or perhaps the child’s immune system will be “stronger” […]

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Oct
8

Can probiotics help with colic?

written by Tara Haelle

Probiotics are one of those new “wonderdrugs” that aren’t actually drugs (or especially new, for that matter). But buying “good bacteria” to help with any number of ailments appears trendy at the moment – and probiotics *can* be beneficial in various ways. However, it’s helpful to know what the evidence says probiotics are actually effective […]

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Apr
16

Exploring the big-picture factors contributing to child obesity

written by Tara Haelle

Childhood obesity is one of those issues that isn’t going away any time soon, even if it seems as though we’ve already been hearing too much about it. Rates continue to climb throughout most of the US, with some notable exceptions, and public health officials, doctors, parents and schools continue to scramble to find causes […]

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