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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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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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Jan
17

Wow – what a map! Disease outbreaks across the world…

written by Tara Haelle

I’m going to try to return to doing a post every Friday in which I either round up a few of the best health/medical/parenting-related stories of the past week or in which I post something about a particular piece that really caught my eye. This week I’m posting about an incredible interactive map that allows […]

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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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Sep
10

Even being undervaccinated puts children at risk for pertussis, study finds

written by Tara Haelle

Perhaps you’ve heard that Texas, the closest thing I have to a “home” state, has been experiencing a series of disease outbreaks — involving illnesses that can be prevented with vaccines. As much as I love the Lone Star State, I’m grateful not to be there at the moment and concerned for friends and family […]

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Jun
8

News Round-Up for the First Week of June

written by Tara Haelle

Boy, even when you’re not officially on an academic year, the summertime means schedules go all out of whack! I’ve fallen behind again, but will be adding some new posts soon. First, another quick round-up of news you may have missed or want to revisit for the first week in June. A couple of studies […]

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Jun
3

An important study from New York leads to my own “vaccine story” about my son

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a little different. After I describe a recent study in Pediatrics, I’m going to tell another personal story — what happened when I vaccinated my son. Stories from parents about what happened when their children received their vaccines populate all corners of the internet, and I felt it was important to add […]

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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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Jan
28

New CDC immunization schedule released

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time again — the American Academy of Pediatricians has released the updated 2013 immunization schedule for children and teens. The changes in terms of actual shots aren’t major, though there have been some serious revamps done on the visual design of the schedule to make it easier to read and to include all […]

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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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