We examine bacterial meningitis and meningococcal disease, and which vaccines can prevent various causes of meningitis.
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
Ask SciMoms: What is the COVID lab-release theory? What should I do?
In this post, the SciMoms answer questions about the COVID lab-release theory, the origins of COVID, and how these questions impact us.
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.”
Is Juice Plus+ really as good as eating fruits and vegetables?
Americans spend a lot of money on vitamins. Is that really necessary? We examine one popular product in this post, and provide information about healthy eating.
Safe Teething Remedies
Learn which teething remedies are safe, and which should be avoided, including homeopathic teething remedies and amber necklaces.
Dealing with COVID Reopening Anxiety
As COVID numbers decline and people make their ways back to the workplace, many may experience reopening anxiety. This post offers suggestions on how to navigate anxiety.
Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?
Yesterday, the CDC released new guidance for fully vaccinated people in response to very encouraging real-world data about COVID-19 vaccines. To reflect this growing body of evidence, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend that: “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, … Continue reading Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?