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Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

These posts look at health in the context of the countries, states, cities, and areas we live in – where policy, politics, and population health science has an impact on the health of our families.

About Last Tuesday

By November 14, 2016 No Comments
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It’s been noticeably quiet over here at TheScientificParent.org since Wednesday morning. That wasn’t by design.  Our usual cadre of subject matter experts all declined to speak on the record about the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election and the resulting protests. The over arching concern from most was this: ‘emotions are so high right now, […]

Categories: Announcements, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


Shorties: Room Sharing for Safe Sleep

By November 2, 2016 1 Comment
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Can you provide more feedback on the 6-12 month change for room sharing with the child [as advised in the 2016 update to the AAP’s Safe Sleep Policy]? That seems like an incredible step higher than what was previously advised (though not official recommended). Keeping your child in the room with you for an entire […]

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


Decoding the AAP’s Updated Safe Sleep Policy

By November 2, 2016 No Comments
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As a new parent there are few things you will focus on more than your baby’s sleep, or lack there of. Luckily the long hours and little sleep I received during my residency prepared me for being the parent of a newborn, but it was still difficult. I remember the sleepless nights, the frequent waking […]

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


Do Workbooks Help Preschoolers Learn?

By October 24, 2016 1 Comment
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We constantly hear about how our children are underperforming academically relative to the rest of the world. We want our children to be ahead of the academic curve, not behind it, and some have reasoned that if traditional academics are started sooner, children will be ahead of the curve. This too often involves reducing playtime […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Is Multi-Level Marketing Worth the Risks?

By September 26, 2016 No Comments
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This post is in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader Amanda.  If you have a question you’d like us to look into you can send it to contact(at)TheScientificParent.org We all know someone (and maybe you’re that someone) that is a member of a multi-level marketing (MLM) business. Sometimes referred to as “network marketing,” or […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


What Happens When We Compare Refugees to Skittles?

By September 21, 2016 1 Comment
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I’m an American and a psychotherapist who has worked with children and families, but for the last seven months I’ve been in Europe working on behalf of Syrian refugees along with refugees from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and other countries. I’ve been following the US presidential election from abroad with alternating bemusement and horror. But I […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health