HPV and the HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine, first approved in 2006, is the latest addition to the CDC’s schedule of recommended childhood vaccinations. Other nations, including Canada and Australia, have approved the vaccine. In this post, we’ll review the science about HPV, recommendations from medical institutions, the controversies, and my personal plans on vaccinating my […]Read More
Why do kids get so many shots?
I’m an ardent believer in the relative safety and efficacy of vaccines, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy having to take my kid to the doctor for shots. I’m relieved that my child is now in school and the bulk of vaccinations are behind us. When he was an infant, […]Read More
Ask SciMoms: Are there more cases of autism?
We were recently asked if there are more autistic children today than in the past. This is a common question, as the claimed increase in the prevalence of autism is used to scare us about many products in our environment, ranging from WiFi to pesticides. In this post, we will […]Read More
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? […]Read More
My kid wants to start skateboarding. Help!!
My kid got his first bike when he was 3. A two wheeler with training wheels. We taught him what to do, helped him balance, encouraged him, and by the time he was four, the training wheels were off. When he was five, we got him a scooter, and there […]Read More
The Impossible Quest for a Vegan Burger in a Doublemeat-Lovin’ World
A plant-based burger that has the taste and texture of a real burger. These “meats” could help reduce our meat intake, benefiting both our health and the environment. But most veggie burgers lack the fatty flavor of meat. They’re too spongy, dry, grainy—actually, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the […]Read More
Gun Safety and Children: Risks and Responsibilities of Gun Ownership
We are a diverse group of women with diverse views, as outlined in our first blog post. Gun control is no exception. Our experience and perspectives range from desiring a complete ban on all weapons to having served in the armed forces and enjoying visits to the firing range. However, […]Read More
Goody Bags: Why Do We Keep Giving Them Despite Their Environmental Footprint?
Open my son’s drawer of toys and at the very bottom, you’ll find fistfuls of whistles, bracelets, keychains, and small plastic figurines that we’ve collected over the years from goody bags given away at birthday parties. They’re branded with Paw Patrol, Hot Wheel, Shimmer & Shine, and a bunch of […]Read More
Ask SciMoms: what’s the environmental impact of beef?
This is the first post in a new segment we’re naming “Ask SciMoms”. Every month, we’ll pick a few questions we’ve received and answer them. If you have a submission, you can send it to us by our social media channels or by emailing email@example.com. In our first post, we […]Read More
Who and What is “SciMoms”
A couple of years ago, I started a blog. My son was starting to eat solids and I was trying to find out whether or not GMOs were safe. Faced with all the contradictory information online, I decided to turn to scientific research papers to find out whether there was […]Read More