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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

The Walking Dead: Sorry Rick, The Kids Aren’t Alright

By February 22, 2015 1 Comment

On an episode of The Walking Dead the group’s leader, Rick, postulated that the zombie-filled post-apocalyptic world is easier for children to cope with because they don’t remember the world the way it used to be. That’s an interesting theory as it cuts to the heart of how child and adult brains cope with trauma and heal […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

What We Could Learn From Sweden

By February 19, 2015 No Comments

  I recently listened to a radio interview comparing Sweden to the US with regard to vaccination rates. I should emphasize the fact that the two countries share very little in common when it comes to healthcare, which naturally informs the average citizen about their medical choices BUT one detail stood out to me. Herd […]

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

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

What I Want You To Know: My Son’s Life Depends on Community Immunity

By February 11, 2015 1 Comment

Most 15 year old girls are more interested in boys or music than how deep their science high school coursework is. And while I was also interested in boys and music, I remember asking my dad for a more challenging high school science course when I was 15. My dad, who has a degree in […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

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