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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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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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Ask SciMoms: How do you treat head lice?

The Great Delousing of 2014 The summer of 2014 was not pretty in our house. Hybrid #1 (my daughter) came home from camp with lice too many times to count. Thus began the Great Delousing of 2014. At the time, I was not aware that prescription treatments are available and […]

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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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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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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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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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