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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.

A Rejection of Eva Mendes H1 and a Confirmation of the Gosling Sweatpants Null Hypothesis

By March 22, 2015 No Comments
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According to Eva Mendes sweatpants are the number one cause of divorce after the birth of a baby. We’d like to live in Eva Mendes’ world (hello Gosling!) wherein one can comfortably wear jeans and flouncy summer dresses immediately after giving birth, but that’s not the norm for most women. If you’ve become a mother […]

Categories: Science 101 + Mythbusting


The Science of Kelly Clarkson’s Baby Fat, Because We Apparently Need to Talk About It.

By March 12, 2015 No Comments
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Let’s talk about something that’s none of our business: Kelly Clarkson’s postpartum body. We’re not going to talk about her third number one album on the billboard charts, her awesome duet with Jimmy Fallon or her adorable baby girl. We’re going to put her recent accomplishments aside and talk about her postpartum body because she […]

Categories: Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


What the New Peanut Study Really Says (and Doesn’t).

By March 5, 2015 1 Comment
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When my son was eight months old, I gave him egg whites for breakfast. Fifteen minutes later, as the hives on his face expanded before my eyes, I was being grilled in an exam room by the on-call pediatrician. “Can you explain to me why you decided to introduce egg whites before the AAP recommends?” […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting


The Walking Dead: Sorry Rick, The Kids Aren’t Alright

By February 22, 2015 1 Comment
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On an episode of The Walking Dead the group’s leader, Rick, postulated that the zombie-filled post-apocalyptic world is easier for children to cope with because they don’t remember the world the way it used to be. That’s an interesting theory as it cuts to the heart of how child and adult brains cope with trauma and heal […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Does HPV Vaccine Gardasil Really Have A Dark Side?

By February 9, 2015 No Comments
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In their story on the purported devastating side-effects of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, the Toronto Star’s David Bruser and Jesse McLean buried the lead. In both the print and video amplifier, the message “in the cases discussed in this story, it is the opinion of a doctor or patient that a particular drug has caused […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens


What’s Up With That? Can Parents Really Tell Their Child’s Cry from Other Children’s?

By January 29, 2015 1 Comment
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The Scene: One rainy Saturday I decided to take my newly minted toddler to a large indoor play area, as did apparently every other parent in the area. The sound was cacophonous, music playing in the background, children giggling, squealing, crying, calling for their friends and parents, I struggled to hear the mother next to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting