Red Wine & Apple Sauce

I am a science journalist, photographer and evidence-based mom blogger living in the Midwest with my husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. My publication credits include Scientific American, Slate, Politico and other national publications.

A round-up: A new 9-strain HPV vaccine! The effects of debunking vaccine myths! News on phthalates, toys, IUDs, juice and breastfeeding!

I’ve been pretty busy the past several weeks with my HealthDay stories, my Forbes blog and my book, so I’ve neglected this blog more than I planned. However, I’d love to highlight the worthwhile studies and the stories I’ve covered elsewhere, so here’s a quick round-up of the past two weeks of my work in other places. First, the FDA just approved Gardasil 9, an HPV vaccine that covers five more strains of the viral infection ....more

Are you ready for flu and cold season?

Regular readers of this blog know that I frequently write about vaccines and am particularly known for addressing misinformation about the flu vaccine. While the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of catching the flu, it cannot eliminate your risk, and it does nothing to prevent colds and most other viruses. Practicing good hygiene – washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, keeping hand sanitizer handy – can also go a long way to reducing your risk of getting sick ....more

The sisters reached the top of Kilimanjaro

A little over a week ago I wrote about sisters Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar who were climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak on the African continent – to raise awareness about earlier and more accurate prenatal screening, particularly for high-risk pregnancies. Well, the women made it! ...more

New insights into the secrets of SIDS

It’s a bit ironic that since I began researching and writing the chapter section of our book on SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and on bedsharing, I’ve been assigned two articles related to infant sleep deaths and then saw a study last week about a new discovery related to SIDS. It’s an area I’m particularly interested in and well-versed in, and about which I’ve blogged about before here and here. Despite how much I had already read, however, I was surprised to learn a number of new things, so it seemed a good time to write about the new studies and to provide some hints of what’s to come in the book ....more

Supporting science on Giving Tuesday

Most of my blog posts center on recent research or interpreting studies relevant to parenting, and that means I’m frequently writing about vaccines. This time, rather than writing about a new study on vaccines or dispelling myths about them, I’m letting you know about a few organizations whose advocacy centers on immunizations (both in the U.S. and overseas) and then a third with a different focus. Should you plan to participate in Giving Tuesday – the only part of the Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – Cyber Monday commercial insanity that I actually don’t find to be obnoxious – then these are organizations you may want to consider including in your giving campaign ....more

Safety of the Tdap in pregnancy and exploring the evidence for pertussis cocooning

I began writing this post almost two months ago when a study I had been waiting for almost a year came out –...more

Two sisters’ Kilimanjaro climb raises awareness for at-risk newborns

As I write this, two businesswomen are somewhere along the long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Although I don’t typically write about awareness campaigns, I wanted to give a shout out on this one because Kilimanjaro has a special place in my heart, and the women’s cause does as well. Sisters Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar are making the climb to raise awareness about the importance of earlier and more accurate screening and diagnosis during high-risk pregnancies, thereby hopefully improving survival and quality of life for newborns at risk for premature birth or other complications ....more

Pretty poison pods pose pediatric problems

Okay, so I admit I had a little fun with the headline, but that’s about all the fun I can have with this issue since the study I’m writing about is far from amusing. Research in Pediatrics last week investigated poisonings involving laundry detergent pods, and the numbers are a bit staggering, even to me. I’m not saying that to be alarmist – prevention in the home is mostly pretty straightforward –...more

Re-Entry: My confusing and overwhelming homecoming from Mozambique

I’ve been back in the U.S. just over a week, and I’m only just starting to get on top of my schedule (as much as that is ever possible, that is). The re-entry has been… I’m not sure how to describe it. In some ways it’s been rough, in others calming, in others disorienting ....more

Halloween: The Scary Thing You Actually Need to Worry About

Today’s guest post for Halloween is from Rachel Drake, a community manager at Obrello, an insurance company. The inclusion of this guest post does not mean that I endorse the services of Obrello. I think the information is important, and it is evidence-based, so I am hosting the guest post ....more