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Leslie Waghorn

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of

The Scully Effect: How Agent Scully Shaped A Generation of Women in Science

By , and January 17, 2018 No Comments

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the time when late Generation X and Early Millennials (a cohort sometimes called Xennials) were entering their peak television consumption years, women were significantly underrepresented on TV.  In fact, in this era there were fewer women on TV, and fewer women depicted in professional careers, than there were […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Should Parents Be Concerned About Miralax?

By February 27, 2017 1 Comment

Last week we received a number of questions about a statement released by a group of parents of children with disparate neuropsychological issues.  The parents claimed that their children’s symptoms began after they began taking the over the counter laxative Miralax (polyethylene glycol 3350), and that the medication was at fault.  Miralax is approved only […]

Categories: Science 101 + Mythbusting

FDA Warns Parents Against Using Homeopathic Products with Belladonna

By February 2, 2017 2 Comments

Last Friday the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents to stop using oral teething tablets that include belladonna as an ingredient. These tablets are marketed under a variety of names, however, the brand name the FDA specifically investigated were the popular Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The FDA found that the amount of belladonna […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

We All Lose When Scientists Can’t Talk to the Public

By January 25, 2017 No Comments

Rather unexpectedly operations here at ground to a halt on Monday. Discussions I’d been having with subject matter experts on a variety of topics ended without warning. On Tuesday I was trying to find a subject matter expert to address a topic, only to not hear back from anyone. After hours responses trickled in […]

Categories: Announcements, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Why the Science Community is Concerned about Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump

By and January 10, 2017 No Comments

After meeting with President-Elect Trump today Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told reporters that “[Trump] asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” He also clarified that Trump had called the meeting and he felt that the discussion went “very well.” There have been a number of people who have taken meetings with […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health