Book Review: Annabelle & Aiden: Oh, the Things We Believed

Two children look up to the clouds on a summers day. They gasp in surprise as a face appears to be looking down on them! Is it real? It certainly seems so… How can we tell?  Thus begins our second visit with J.R. Becker and illustrator Max Rambaldi’s precocious and …


5 Reasons Non-Browning Apples Could Change Your Mind About GMOs

39% of Americans still believe GMOs are worse for your health, but there’s reason to believe that opinion could shift with new information. Limited scientific knowledge, distrust for scientists and the ubiquitousness of false information all play a part here, but the polling suggests it’s not just a question of needing more science-based information but also a …


Scientist Barbie Not Really Dressed for Lab Work

I was just doing a little holiday shopping online, looking for Barbies for my daughter, and I found the “Career Barbie” section. Barbie is just as versatile as when I was a kid–she can be an astronaut, teacher, chef, nurse, dentist, whatever! While I appreciate Barbie’s fashion choices (cool vaguely-inspired-by-molecular-structure …

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How I Became a Reasonable Mom

Next week in Washington, DC, I’m taking part in a panel discussion on what it means to be a reasonable mom. But I didn’t exactly begin my “mom life” as anything resembling reasonable. There was a long period of time when I believed a good birth had to be a drug-free …


Scientist Mom Shows That Breast Milk Is Not Sterile…and That Pasteurization is Amazing

Áine Blanchard Quimby, scientist, breastfeeding mom, and woo fighter extraordinaire, decided to do some science for fun and to prove a point about raw milk and pasteurization. Caveat: While she does have experience in sterility labs and culturing bacteria, food science is not her area of specialization. Introduction: I conducted this experiment with …


There’s a New Facebook Group for Food Allergy Parents And It’s Science-Based

My daughter has a life-threatening peanut allergy so just about every day I find myself looking at new posts, pictures or other related news. Sometimes, like with the peanut patch, it’s exciting. Sometimes, like with the cost of Epi-pens, it’s frustrating. But most of the time? It’s fear-based and flat out wrong. Why is the food allergy …

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Depression Through the Generations

Hi and welcome to “This Week in Parenting Research”! This is a bimonthly column where I attempt to find new research that may be of interest to parents/those raising kids. This week I saw a rather interesting headline “Is depression in parents, grandparents linked to grandchildren’s depression?” and decided to …


Everybody Calm The Fuck Down About Your Sunscreen

I was hoping this summer would be a quiet one for sunscreen. Yes, the Environmental Working Group published its annual sunscreen guide, but I figured the staggering amount of criticism the EWG receives might finally persuade everyone in the media to ignore it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Despite the bad press, recent articles …

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Televised Terror: What is the Effect on Children?

Welcome to “This Week in Parenting Research”, a bimonthly column where I try to find a study that may be of interest to parents. After the terrible tragedy in Orlando last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to explain random acts of violence or terrorism to my son. …

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Paternal Epigenetics, Fetal Development and Lifestyle Factors (Oh my!)

Welcome to “This Week in Parenting Research”, an (allegedly) twice a month column where we discuss new research that may be of interest to parents or anyone who spends a lot of time around kids. This week, I ran across a really interesting paper called “Influence of paternal preconception exposures …