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.

Did someone get a gun for Christmas? Take these steps for safety

Today’s post is a guest post from Jeffrey Nelson, who designed the...more

Tough Topics: What does research really tell us about guns?

In the wake of the Orlando massacre at Pulse — just the most recent mass shooting and one of many more likely to come — the conversation about gun control has flared up again. It got a bit more traction in Congress with Sen. Chris Murphy’s Senate...more

My TEDx Oslo Transcript: Why Do Parents Fear Vaccines?

This is the transcript of my TEDx Oslo talk, for those wanting to read instead of watch or who are unable to watch. Anyone is welcome to translate this talk into other languages as long as it appears with my name and the fact that it is a TEDx Oslo talk. (Ex:...more

Why Do Parents Fear Vaccines? I Explain in My TEDx Oslo Talk

The past month has been such a whirlwind that I spent more days...more

Preparing for the Worst Day of the Year: Daylight Saving Spring Forward

The worst day of the year is upon us: this weekend, we “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 13. It’s a double whammy because we lose an hour of sleep AND still must deal with the havoc that one hour of sleep shift creates for our kids. (I regard autumn’s “fall back” as the second worst day of the year, ameliorated only by the extra hour of sleep we get.) I write quite a bit about sleep and have read hundreds of research studies about sleep, but I have yet to come across the secret sauce that makes DST time-shifting more painless for parents ....more

Mixing and Matching Rotavirus Vaccines Is No Problem

Two different rotavirus vaccines have been licensed by the FDA: RotaTeq and Rotarix. Both of these came after Rotashield, an earlier vaccine that lasted barely over a year on the market before it was pulled because it led to a bowel obstruction disorder called intussusception in about 1-2 out of 10,000 infants. (RotaTeq and Rotarix also increase the risk of intussusception, which I explain in detail here, but the risk is lower.) It’s not unusual for different companies to make vaccines for the same disease, but RotaTeq and Rotarix have slightly different schedules too: RotaTeq is given in three doses, and Rotarix is given in two doses ....more

How the U.S. Vaccine Schedule Compares to Other Countries’ Schedules

A common question I’m asked and that I see in forums discussing vaccines relates to how the U.S. recommended childhood immunization schedule compares to other nations, particularly those with similar economics and populations to those of the...more

Happy New Year! Resolutions for 2016

Good riddance to 2015! It was a difficult year for this home, and it was incredibly rough in terms of world events. (I felt as though I could have rewritten this post — discussing ways to talk to children about traumatic events in the wake of the Newtown massacre — at least five times in 2015.) Last year also involved a lot of work for me, in good ways and challenging ways, and a lot of travel ....more