Health and Science News for Parents
Nov
24

It’s That Time Again: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Flu Vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

This post is co-published with NPR’s health blog Shots. Check out the story for updated information about this year’s flu shot from a CDC medical officer. Once again, flu season is upon us — and so are all the misconceptions, excuses and worries that have kept so many people away from getting their flu vaccines. Plenty […]

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Nov
3

Help “Shatter the Myths” about postpartum depression

written by Tara Haelle

When I had my first son, I and my husband were on the lookout for symptoms of postpartum depression. I have a history of depression and am therefore already at higher risk for postpartum depression than the average person. As I have already written, I did not experience the overwhelming love that so many new […]

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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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Nov
25

Safety of the Tdap in pregnancy and exploring the evidence for pertussis cocooning

written by Tara Haelle

I began writing this post almost two months ago when a study I had been waiting for almost a year came out – one looking for clinical, epidemiological (“real world”) evidence for “cocooning,” which I’ll explain in a moment. But now I’m kind of glad I didn’t finish it then because it’s perfect to combine with […]

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Oct
10

It’s Baaaaack! 33 Flu Vaccine Myths You Don’t Need to Fear

written by Tara Haelle

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming! And with the coughing, fevers and aches come all the alarmist articles and blog posts on unreliable, misinformative websites questioning the flu vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. There are already some good posts out there that address some of these misconceptions about the vaccine so many love to hate (including […]

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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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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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Jan
8

The real story on the flu vaccine during pregnancy

written by Tara Haelle

A recent study about the flu vaccine during pregnancy has added to the continuously growing pile of evidence showing the vaccine’s safety and importance for pregnant women and their unborn babies. And yet, the fear, confusion and misinformation about pregnancy and the flu shot maddeningly persists. I’ve written about getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy […]

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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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Aug
13

That link between autism and labor induction/augmentation? Yea, take another look

written by Tara Haelle

I don’t often blog on autism. It’s not my specialty, though it is an area of interest, and it’s something I’m still learning about. (I have a big post planned on autism misconceptions in general, but it’s still percolating in my brain.) However, I often write about the studies that come out linking autism to […]

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