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Leslie Waghorn

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScientificParent.org.

FDA Warns Parents Against Using Homeopathic Products with Belladonna

By February 2, 2017 2 Comments
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Last Friday the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents to stop using oral teething tablets that include belladonna as an ingredient. These tablets are marketed under a variety of names, however, the brand name the FDA specifically investigated were the popular Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The FDA found that the amount of belladonna […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


We All Lose When Scientists Can’t Talk to the Public

By January 25, 2017 No Comments
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Rather unexpectedly operations here at TheScientificParent.org ground to a halt on Monday. Discussions I’d been having with subject matter experts on a variety of topics ended without warning. On Tuesday I was trying to find a subject matter expert to address a topic, only to not hear back from anyone. After hours responses trickled in […]

Categories: Announcements, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


Why the Science Community is Concerned about Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump

By and January 10, 2017 No Comments
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After meeting with President-Elect Trump today Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told reporters that “[Trump] asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” He also clarified that Trump had called the meeting and he felt that the discussion went “very well.” There have been a number of people who have taken meetings with […]

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


The Experts Weigh-In After Cleveland Clinic Doctor Apologizes for Anti-Vaccine Comments

By January 9, 2017 2 Comments
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This post has been updated. It’s never a good sign when my phone starts buzzing as I crawl into bed at 9:30 on a Saturday night. Yes, I go to bed at 9:30pm on Saturdays. I’m a parent, sleep is awesome. The buzzes had to do with a recent article written by a physician associated […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


Myth Busting | Can Vicks VapoRub on the Feet Shorten A Baby’s Cold?

By January 5, 2017 1 Comment
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My nine-month-old has her first cold and I can’t stand to see her like this! I asked my mom for advice and she told me to cover [my daughter’s] feet in Vicks VapoRub at night and then put socks on her. She said she used to do this with me and my cold would be […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers