Health and Science News for Parents
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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Jul
1

New systematic review assesses ALL the serious risks of US childhood vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

When parents have questions or concerns about vaccines, they are often seeking certainty, even if they do not consciously recognize that is what they want. They want a guarantee that the vaccines they give their children are completely safe and effective, a completely understandable desire – but one which science can never deliver. Neither can […]

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May
5

Making sense out of the baboon pertussis study

written by Tara Haelle

So it’s time for me to get a monkey off my back 😉 At long last, I’m going to write about the baboon pertussis study. I’ve been meaning to write about this study pretty much since it came out last November, and I’ve had many requests to write about it. I did actually write a […]

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Nov
13

Oversimplification (and hubris) can backfire — For once, it wasn’t actually Jenny McCarthy’s fault

written by Tara Haelle

Although I’m usually the person writing about vaccines as a journalist, I periodically critique the way others cover vaccination issues as well, particularly when I feel the issue is not covered responsibly. The last time I critiqued such a journalist, it was because of his false balance. This time, I feel obligated to point out […]

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Jun
2

Last Week’s Round-Up: ADHD and obesity, pertussis shots, coping with natural disasters and tons more

written by Tara Haelle

Another week, another round-up of the health and science stories you might have missed… Before I launch into the different topics, I want to draw attention to this short but worthy piece on the ways numbers can deceive when we rely too much on the “averages.” It’s a great piece for educating yourself about critically […]

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Nov
2

Attention Pregnant Women! Of vaccines and antidepressants…

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a brief one just to note a couple important stories that anyone pregnant, or considering getting pregnant, should take the time to read. The first one you may have already heard about. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met last week and decided to recommend the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women […]

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