In this FAQ, SciMoms answer questions about the coronavirus pandemic: what is covid-19? what is a virus? how contagious is covid? How is covid different from the flu? and many other questions.
Visual: Pixabay user stevepb If you’ve had a baby in the last few years, you may have been confused about when, exactly, to introduce common allergenic foods, like peanuts, cow’s milk, eggs, and shellfish. You may have heard that delaying these foods beyond one year of age can help prevent food allergies. The American Academy … Continue reading Reducing the Risk of Food Allergies, Starting With Baby’s First Foods
This post reviews the risk of talcum powder use, and provides statements from medical groups on the safety of this material.
Many parents, even those who vaccinate against other diseases, wonder why their newborn baby could possibly need the hep B vaccine. But public health agencies around the world agree: babies do need the hepatitis B vaccine. This article explains why.
The Miracle Mineral Solution, a type of bleach, is promoted as a cure for autism and now for COVID-19, but far from being a cure, it can be a killer.
In this post, we list some resources that have been helpful for us and share our own strategies for coping with coronavirus.
I was really looking forward to co-chairing a session at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting this year. The organizers wisely canceled the meeting due to the one risk on everyone's mind these days: coronavirus. My talk? “Communicating Risk in a (Mis)information-filled World,” in which I explore how errors in risk perception lead to public … Continue reading Coronavirus Shows We Still Suck At Assessing Risk
When I was pregnant with my first child in 2008, the nurse who taught our pregnancy class recommended that we use Dreft detergent. One of her reasons was that they don’t strip clothes of their flame retardants. At which point, I raised my hand and asked, “but don’t we want to avoid flame-retardant exposures?” Consider … Continue reading Are we worried about flame retardants?
We often hear that “We’re sicker than we’ve ever been before”. But is this true? This article looks at whether there are more cases of cancer.
Do these cold remedies really work? Are they safe? This post reviews remedies including elderberry syrup, honey, and vitamin D, as well as over-the-counter drugs.