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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


How Science Works | What is Scientific Evidence?

By January 16, 2017 4 Comments
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Mothering a child with autism is something I never expected when my husband and I decided to start a family. Our families are both pretty much neurotypical, but we had concerns about our son’s development from an early age. I’m a research scientist working with cancer data, but immediately after my son was diagnosed I […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Science 101 + Mythbusting


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 2 Comments
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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