Health and Science News for Parents
Jul
17

Video: Elmo Says to Get Your Vaccinations!

written by Tara Haelle

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re a regular reader, this blog has been a bit sparse lately. I’ve had the triple whammy of travel, family illnesses and then a pile-up of work – plus the catching up after the travel and illnesses. June is not usually a big news month, but it was this year, […]

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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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Jan
20

Mickey Mouse’s Measles Mean Trouble

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a super-short post because I’m deep in bookland, but I wanted to direct readers’ attention to the post I wrote at Forbes about the most recent outbreak of measles, “Disneyland Measles Outbreak: It Is Indeed a Small World After All.” Since I wrote that on Tuesday, the number of cases have grown to […]

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Jan
6

HPV vaccine and multiple sclerosis: Reassuring findings about Gardasil safety

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about the MMR and varicella vaccines and noted that I frequently hear concerns about the MMR. In recent years, however, parents’ concerns about HPV seem to have eclipsed those about the MMR. Gardasil and Cervarix are newer vaccines, and they are given in older girls and boys to protect against a virus […]

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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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Sep
11

Recommended PBS NOVA documentary focuses on vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

There have been some really poor documentaries related to vaccines in recent years – ones I won’t name them because of the misinformation they spread – so it’s been a breath of fresh air to see two documentaries this year that actually provide factual information about vaccines. The first is a high school student film, Invisible Threat, […]

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Jun
19

Why the Chickenpox Vaccine? No shift in infections after varicella vaccine introduction

written by Tara Haelle

This post is part of a new, occasional series exploring why individuals should consider a specific vaccine on the CDC schedule that they might have reservations about. One of the newest vaccines on the CDC schedule is the varicella vaccine, which protects against chickenpox. Introduced to the schedule in 1995, the chickenpox vaccine is one […]

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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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Feb
21

Flu is really bad this year – and the vaccine’s been pretty good

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably already been hearing what a bad season it is for the flu. The news is awash with tragic stories of otherwise healthy children and even adults without underlying conditions succumbing to this year’s influenza. Because I am pregnant, the ones that hit me the hardest are the stories of pregnant women – especially […]

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