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Why do kids get so many shots?

I’m an ardent believer in the relative safety and efficacy of vaccines, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy having to take my kid to the doctor for shots. I’m relieved that my child is now in school and the bulk of vaccinations are behind us. When he was an infant, we carefully timed his feedings … Continue reading Why do kids get so many shots?

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Ask SciMoms: Are there more cases of autism?

By Alison Bernstein and Layla Katiraee We were recently asked if there are more autistic children today than in the past. This is a common question, as the claimed increase in the prevalence of autism is used to scare us about many products in our environment, ranging from WiFi to pesticides. In this post, we … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: Are there more cases of autism?

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SciMoms Chats: Pfizer closes neuroscience division

SciMoms chats are a series of articles based on our everyday conversations. Today, the SciMoms discussed the continuing trend of pharmaceutical companies closing their neuroscience divisions. Alison is a neuroscientist who studies the role of epigenetics in Parkinson’s disease. Layla is a molecular geneticist who works in the biotech sector. The original conversation has been edited … Continue reading SciMoms Chats: Pfizer closes neuroscience division

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SciMoms Chats: Placebos and Compassion

SciMoms Chats are a series of articles based on our SciMoms chat. Yesterday, we discussed placebos after reading a new study about the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief in cancer patients. The original conversation has been edited for clarity and references added where needed. Alison: This study is interesting: (Acupuncture in cancer study reignites … Continue reading SciMoms Chats: Placebos and Compassion