Author: anastasiab

Portion of a pictorial table from the Centers of Disease Control describing effectiveness of family planning methods.

IUDs are a great birth control option. Why aren’t they more common?

Few things are more complex than choosing birth control. There are so many options, and each has its own pros and cons. One option that has many advantages but isn’t used much in the United States is the IUD, or intrauterine device. This post describes what an IUD is, how […]

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The Social Consequences of the GMO Debate

The GMO debate has been raging for two decades, but this debate isn’t actually about GMOs at all. Rather, “GMOs” have become a stand-in for a number of very real concerns: Who controls our food supply? Who makes sure our food is safe to eat and our environment is protected? […]

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Safe Teething Remedies

There’s nothing worse than your child being in pain, even when you know it’s temporary. It’s no surprise that parents through the ages have reached for anything that might relieve their child’s teething. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes, “teething occasionally may cause mild irritability, crying, a low-grade […]

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The high price of food labels

If you’re like me, grocery shopping is both a pleasure and a struggle. I love to see which fresh produce and fancy cheeses are available! But meal planning is a challenge when your household contains one adventurous vegetarian (that’s me!) and two choosy eaters. Our grocery budget can get a […]

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Building a scientist communicator: Anastasia’s origin story

When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I’d find old chicken bones in the playground dirt and bring them gleefully home to my mother. My love for science only grew stronger as I got my hands on more science books, and as my father started me […]

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