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We love science lessons. These posts are from experts who teach us the science behind the topic. Here we tackle conspiracy topics that get in the way of positive health outcomes in children, debunk health myths, and delve further into woo-woo topics that show up a lot in parenting circles – that may or may not have science to back them up. Also included are issues related to homeopathy, and “natural” medications.

What the New Peanut Study Really Says (and Doesn’t).

By March 5, 2015 1 Comment

When my son was eight months old, I gave him egg whites for breakfast. Fifteen minutes later, as the hives on his face expanded before my eyes, I was being grilled in an exam room by the on-call pediatrician. “Can you explain to me why you decided to introduce egg whites before the AAP recommends?” […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting

There’s Actually a Scientific Reason Behind Being #antivaxx

By February 24, 2015 No Comments

In just under 10 minutes, Hank Green of YouTube’s famous SciShow gives the most scientific (while easily understandable) explanation of why people opt out of vaccines. His video follows the thinking of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman who claims that “[p]eople are much more afraid of their children dying from a vaccine than they are […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

How I Accidentally Started an Anti-Vaxx Myth in the Name of Science

By February 17, 2015 1 Comment

I’m an infectious disease researcher and the mother of two children, so I’m usually the first person friends and family turn to whenever a disease is in the news. Since the Disneyland measles outbreak, I’ve responded to a lot of myths and misinformation from concerned parents. As a mother I understand what it’s like to […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Does HPV Vaccine Gardasil Really Have A Dark Side?

By February 9, 2015 No Comments

In their story on the purported devastating side-effects of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, the Toronto Star’s David Bruser and Jesse McLean buried the lead. In both the print and video amplifier, the message “in the cases discussed in this story, it is the opinion of a doctor or patient that a particular drug has caused […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens

What’s Up With That? Can Parents Really Tell Their Child’s Cry from Other Children’s?

By January 29, 2015 1 Comment

The Scene: One rainy Saturday I decided to take my newly minted toddler to a large indoor play area, as did apparently every other parent in the area. The sound was cacophonous, music playing in the background, children giggling, squealing, crying, calling for their friends and parents, I struggled to hear the mother next to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting