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Ask SciMoms: Where does the vaccine schedule come from?

The current vaccine schedule can seem overwhelming and many parents consider following an alternate vaccine schedule. Here, we explore the Childhood Immunization Schedule. How does the CDC determine the recommended schedule? Who sets the recommended schedule? Where do alternate schedules come from? Kids today get more shots that protect against […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?

As a neuroscientist with a research focus in toxicology, I am often asked by friends and family about the safety of household items and beauty products. Safety as a scientific concept is widely misunderstood. In this post, we’ll explore the concept of safety, provide an overview of the categories FDA […]

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Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. We tend […]

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Risk In Perspective: Zero Risk Is an Impossible Dream

This post on zero risk is part of a series written as a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This […]

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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, […]

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Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Alison and […]

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