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.
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.
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.
In this introduction to e-cigarettes, we answer questions about vaping, who uses e-cigarettes, the chemicals in e-cigarettes, and potential risks.
Many parents are wary of vaccines due to understandable concerns about our healthcare. However, these concerns should not give parents a blank check to avoid vaccinating. This post explores why.
Be prepared for the summer with a SciMoms guide to sunscreen and sun protection!
Why do kids get so many shots? Are they necessary? Are they safe? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this post.
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.