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SciMoms COVID FAQ: What you need to know about COVID variants

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer your frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this FAQ, we focus on COVID variants, including the Delta and Omicron variants. As we learn about each new variant, we can draw on what we already know about viruses, variants, and immunity to … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQ: What you need to know about COVID variants

Ask SciMoms: What Does Meat Have To Do With Climate Change?

This piece has been updated. A few years ago, the SciMoms received an email asking us about a 2017 video from Vox that states “what you eat matters: 24% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to simple dietary choices, or about 2 times as much as all the cars on the planet combined.” We … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: What Does Meat Have To Do With Climate Change?

Food Allergy Testing: What To Expect

Two years ago, a typical breakfast outing with my family changed our lives. My six-month-old showed interest in my scrambled eggs, so I gave him a few spoonfuls. By the time we got home ten minutes later, his face was red and hives were popping up across his face. After a visit to pediatric urgent … Continue reading Food Allergy Testing: What To Expect

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Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials

In this post, SciMoms asked mom and ICU nurse, Renee Chavez, about her experience in the Pfizer kids COVID vaccine trials for kids under 12. Renee has been an ICU (intensive care unit) nurse for 12 years. She worked for 6 years in the adult ICU and 6 years in the pediatric CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive … Continue reading Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials

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Ask SciMoms: Why did CDC mask recommendations change again?

On July 27, 2021,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their masking and other recommendations to help mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This post will discuss why the recommendations have changed, review the current CDC masking guidelines, and compare the guidelines to masking recommendations from other organizations and countries.  Why do CDC … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: Why did CDC mask recommendations change again?

Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

The short answer: kids should get the vaccine as soon as one is available to them.  On May 10, 2021, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. On May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended this vaccine for use in kids age 12 and up. With this announcement, … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

Yes, You Should Start Taking Folic Acid Before You Get Pregnant

A SciMoms Guide to Folate and Folic Acid in Pregnancy If you’re planning to get pregnant, it’s important to start taking folic acid at least one month before you conceive in order to ensure your baby’s healthy neurodevelopment. While we don’t know the exact role of folic acid in pregnancy, we know that folic acid … Continue reading Yes, You Should Start Taking Folic Acid Before You Get Pregnant

Medical Sexism: The Consequences of Sexist Care

If you have ever been told you cannot get a prescription refill on your birth control pills until you come into the doctor’s office for a Pap test; if your experience in the labor and delivery room involved medical professionals overriding or ignoring your expressed wishes; if you have ever received a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis due to a physician not listening to or believing your symptoms, you may have experienced “medical sexism.”