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These are blog posts that talk about the science of infectious disease, both lessons learned, new advances, impacts on both personal and public health, and vaccinations.

Vaccines 101: Too Much Too Soon?

By September 7, 2016 114 Comments

Click here to download a printer-friendly .pdf vrsion of this post Just yesterday I was sitting with expectant parents whose first baby is due next week. They both support vaccinating their daughter on the recommended CDC schedule, but mom comes from a family that is strongly opposed to vaccination. Understandably, she has many questions and […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Can You Boost Your Kid’s “Low” Immune System?

By September 6, 2016 2 Comments

It’s around this time of year that I start to get questions from parents about “boosting” their child’s immune system. School in most districts is in session for the year and parents dread the eventual onslaught of coughs, colds and other illnesses that their kids will pick up from their classmates on the playground. I […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Kids Can Get Urinary Tract Infections Too

By August 15, 2016 1 Comment

If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know it can be very painful and when it’s not painful it’s uncomfortable.  Pretty much anyone who has had one would say that it’s not very fun. In fact, 50% of women will have had a UTI before the age of 32, and pregnancy only increases […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Why A Parent’s Mental Health is a Pediatric Health Issue

By June 7, 2016 No Comments

Last week we heard from clinical psychologist and professor of psychology Rebecca Pilai Riddell about how parents can calm their children when they’re in pain.  This week we delve into the methods of her study on infant pain and how a parent’s inability to soothe their child in pain may actually be a signal that […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health