Category archive: health

March 17, 2015

Californians Have 40 Different Words For Extreme

Ever since the state replaced the water it normally serves with Disneyland Measles™, concerned parents in California have begun taking "extreme steps" to keep their kids from getting sick. Extreme steps like not having playdates with unvaccinated kids. And keeping...
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March 2, 2015

Smokey Sue Smokes For Two

Guess skymall's going out strong.— Mike Levine (@bizmichael) February 24, 2015 Smokey Sue Smokes For Two is designed to teach powerful lessons, including: the harm caused to mothers and their fetuses by smoking during pregnancy. the unsustainability of a...
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February 23, 2015

'I hope I'll live long enough that she has some memory of me.'

Paul Kalanithi is a Stanford neurosurgeon and a new dad with metastatic lung cancer. And his most recent essay and interview for Stanford Medical School's magazine about his experience is the reason I am crying right now. Before I Go...
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February 1, 2015

Measles Killing Roald Dahl's Daughter Was Just Part Of It

The pram before the storm: Roald Dahl & Patricia Neal family in 1961, with Theo, Tessa & Olivia. image via telegraph All this time I thought Roald Dahl was just a horrible narcissistic monster who treated his family badly...
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January 30, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Measles, What Else? Edition

Oh man oh man, how can this week's freakout be about anything but measles and vaccines? What matters is "herd immunity." Unvaccinated people relying on vaccinated people around them to keep the disease from spreading. Including people who can't get...
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January 23, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Arsenic Edition

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a compendium of news stories from the worlds of science, health, and parenting, saved up during the week and unleashed here all at once to freak. you out: Though one could easily say, "There's...
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Where Did The Bad Formula Commercial Touch You?

Bwahaha, at first I was like LOL, then LMAO, then ROTFLMAO, and then I was like, FULL STOP, AS YET UNIDENTIFIED ADVERTISER. Advertiser who was making me laugh at parenting stereotypes one second, but who the next compels me...
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January 22, 2015

A Vacctivist We Can Believe In

This is the first explanation of why not to vaccinate your kid that makes any sense. Of course, it's also from August, so we should be due for some updates? In other vaccination news, the Disneyland Measles are spreading to...
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January 9, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Measles Is Coming For Your Unvaccinated Children Edition

Here at Daddy Types we don't like to play by publicists' and TV news' rules, stringing you along with one anxiety-inducing science, news, health, and parenting story after another, details tonight at 11, learn how after the break! Parenting's stressful...
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January 8, 2015

M-I-C Caught Measles At Disneyland! K-E-Y Why? Because We Weren't Vaccinated!

"You've got the measles! What're you going to do next?" "I'm going to Disneyland!" From NBC 4:Disneyland officials issued a health warning for the tens of thousands who visited the theme park during the holidays. A theme park visitor is...
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December 19, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
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December 4, 2014

Andrew Sullivan Is Skeptical Of This CDC Circumcision Recommendation

The CDC recently released a recommendation that circumcision leads to lower HIV infection rates in men. Noted man and intactivist Andrew Sullivan is not having it--the rationale, that is, not circumcision, though I assume he is also not having that--and...
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December 3, 2014

Fancy A Midwife, Then, Comrade?

The National Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending that births in low-risk pregnancies would be better handled by midwives than in hospitals. This recommendation applies for up to 45% of pregnancies in the UK. The UK is a country...
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November 4, 2014

Baby Wipe Industrial Complex Issues Big Bacterial Recall

It's been a week. Has this been solved? Are all the bacteria-laden store label wipes cleared from the shelves and diaper bags of America? Last week Nutek Disposables, a private label wipe manufacturer for stores from Walgreens and Sam's Club...
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October 7, 2014


OK, let's face facts: the report of the 4-yo boy in New Jersey who died of Enterovirus 68 in his sleep after not seeming that sick at bedtime is pure parental terror. I found myself not even able to recap...
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June 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Contagion Edition

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is apparently on summer hours: With nutritional standards based on adults from 1968, fortified cereals are not part of kids' balanced breakfast, says a study. [usatoday] The Amish were refusing vaccines before refusing vaccines was...
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June 13, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Whooping Cough Edition

There's only one headline that freaks me out this week, and it includes the words, "Whooping Cough Epidemic." California has declared a pertussis epidemic, with 3,458 cases reported since the beginning of the 2014, more than in all of 2013....
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A Campaign For The Bloggerfather

Longtime dadblogger Oren Miller of Bloggerfather was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. A group of his friends, fans, and readers have already raised nearly $10,000 to help with medical and family expenses. You can join your support and...
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June 6, 2014

DT Friday Freakout

News piles up during the week, news from the worlds of parenting, science, health, politics, education, &c., that's designed to get your attention by freaking you out. Here at Daddy Types, we like to help parents sail through the week...
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May 23, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Bed Stuy Edition

for full-sized image: nydn Rather than hype every science and parenting-related press release when it comes out, Daddy Types saves them up and dumps them on you all at once, so you can freakout for one day and be...
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May 16, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Frozen Edition

Rather than freak you out every day on s=some publicist's whim and agenda, here at Daddy Types we store up reports from the worlds of science, health, politics and parenting, and dump them on you all at once, to ruin...
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May 9, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Plagio Helmet Edition

This week it's not a roundup, so much as a carefully curated selection of headlines from the worlds of parenting, politics, health, and safety, designed to focus your freakout and ruin just your weekend, not your every day; "Helmets Do...
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April 18, 2014

It's Hard Out There For A Vaginal Birth

Damn, as if childbirth wasn't already hard enough. Doc bros gotta go make them even more complicated, just to fit their schedules. I was struck by the symmetries between two articles this week: The first, from the NYT, is a...
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April 8, 2014

Clear Eyes, Rebel Hearts, Can't Win

You could blog for years and still not come up with a scenario that combined just the right about of aspirational travel fantasy with the opportunity to judge the bejeebees out of someone else's parenting half as perfect as the...
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April 4, 2014

'If Her Flight Is To Be Short, Let It Be Far'

Nearly seven years ago, when the kid was three and fascinated with death, and life, and how they were connected, I linked to Eric Meyer's post about having a similar conversation with his daughter. It starts out:"Daddy, when will my...
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March 21, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Helicopter Edition

The DT Friday Freakout is here to ruin your weekend with a roundup of headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, politics, and France: An Indian couple in a rough Northern Paris suburb is being investigated for child neglect....
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March 17, 2014

There Is Still No Better Breast Pump

Speaking of It Doesn't Get Better, the Times asks, "Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?" Yeah, no. Considering how recent the iPhone is, and how rare design talent...
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March 13, 2014

O Manhatta, Get Your Damn Measles Vaccinations!

City of the World (for all races are here) City of tall facades of marble and iron Proud and passionate city. When million-footed Manhattan unpent, descends to its pavements. And spreads measles to vulnerable children because you are not vaccinated,...
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March 7, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: White Noise Edition

Time was if you wanted white noise to put your kid to sleep, you had to run the vacuum cleaner, or the washing machine, or the dishwasher. Then some enterprising genius figured out how to make CD's of these same...
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February 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Yet Unpublished Edition

Oh man, do you know the freakoutiest kind of Friday Freakout story from the worlds of science and health and parenting and politics and just general freaking out? It's the kind with "unpublished data." Because with unpublished data, you get...
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February 25, 2014

Here Is A Baby Being Born In A Save The Children Ad

OK, here is an ad for Save The Children UK that is basically a woman giving birth, and a properly trained midwife helping keep the baby alive. It is for a campaign to end half a million first day...
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Where Do 'Designer Babies' Come From?

So there are FDA hearings on an experimental gene splicing technique that involves replacing defective mitochondria in a woman's egg with healthy mitochondria from another woman, either before or after fertilization. And the fear surrounding this process is, as it...
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February 21, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Testicular Time Bomb Edition

Time has you by the balls, gentlemen! Cut the DT Friday Freakout intro nonsense, and just read this New Scientist headline! Testicular time bomb: Older dads' mutant sperm Basically the spermatogonium, the stem cells that produce sperm, mutate all the...
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January 16, 2014

America Has A Whooping Cough Vacctivist Problem

The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has assembled a map showing the vaccine-preventable outbreaks of disease around the world. And those aren't green chicken pox across the face of America; they are outbreaks of pertussis,...
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January 12, 2014

This Is The Last Thermometer You'll Buy

Yes, you could buy this thermometer pacifier if you want. Even if it's a little off, or your kid doesn't really take to it. It's only like ten bucks, so what the hey. But either way, I'll tell you...
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January 10, 2014

Organic Milk A Capitalist Tool

Did you ever wonder why organic milk had such longer shelf life than inorganic milk? Did you think it was because it was organic? Yeah, well, it turns out it's because it's ultrapasteurized instead of regularpasturized. And so it is...
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January 1, 2014

Side Eye Baby Wishes You A Happy New Year

There's a kid who knows the score on childhood vaccinations givin' Jenny McCarthy and the knuckleheads at ABC the side eye. [via twitter]...
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December 21, 2013

Penn & Teller Autism Vaccination Bullshit FTW

Oh man, this is so awesome. I'd pay good money to watch @pennjillette throw these balls at Jenny McCarthy: — John Gruber (@gruber) December 21, 2013 Disclosure: A publisher of a book with a foreword written by Jenny McCarthy...
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November 15, 2013

Jenny McCarthy's Unvaccinated Minions Totally Gave This Lady Whooping Cough

Really, the headline says it all. She's 70 days through her 100 day cough. It sounds terrible. If someone has a Vine of a pertussis coughing fit, I'll add it here. GET YOUR VACCINATIONS DON'T TAKE ADVICE FROM A RANDOM...
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October 23, 2013

A Brief History Of Breast Pumps - DRAFT

Aah, Autumn, when the young journalist's heart turns to thoughts of, "Wait, how exactly did we become a world where people are mailing each other breastmilk after meeting on the internet? I bet I can get a 1,200-word backgrounder out...
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October 22, 2013

Why Buy The Breast Milk On The Internet, When You Can Get The Salmonella For Free?

Breast milk obtained online, whether through informal markets or donations, was found to have pathogenic bacteria and other contaminants. These include staph and salmonella, which can pose a significant health risk to preterm and medically compromised newborns. Who, if...
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October 21, 2013

Finally, A Scientific Justification For Circumcision

People say a boy should look like his father, which, what? But scientists in Pakistan and Columbia University have found that when it comes to baldness, a father doesn't have to look like his son:The researchers took papilla cells from...
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October 3, 2013

Laundry Detergent Pod Not A Toy

You'd think the laundry detergent companies would learn after putting a teddy bear on the bottle, but no. kids are still eating--and getting sick from and even maybe dying from--Tide detergent pods, which look like shiny candy, and [used...
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September 26, 2013

I Think You're Gonna Need A Bigger VICKS Logo

Honestly, I think if the Vicks logo had actually been this big I might have noticed it before we bought these things. K2's been fighting the first cold of the school year, the kind of thing that happens when...
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September 24, 2013

Because Their Favorite Word Is 'I'

This just in, here is Texas Senator Ted Cruz conducting a fake Obamacare filibuster of pre-negotiated length and no import, reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to his daughters, via the C-SPAN cameras, from the Senate floor: And in...
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September 16, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Monday Makeup Edition

Yeah, the weekend was pretty shot, even without this assortment of headlines from the worlds of health, science, education, and parenting. So let's just this once ruin your whole week, or if you remember some of these from last week,...
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September 8, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Sonic Hedgehog Edition

The DT Friday Freakout was delayed a couple of days to rope in one more shocking article about how smoothies are killing us all. Let your weekend-ruining begin: Eat food, not a lot, mostly parents'. A Scottish study finds toddlers...
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September 6, 2013

Naoki Higashida, 13, Writes About What It's Like To Be An Autistic Kid

This book sounds absolutely incredible; I just ordered it in Japanese and in English. Naoki Higashida was 13 in 2005 when he wrote The Reason I Jump, his account of being a kid with autism. His symptoms are such that...
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August 10, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pregnant Economist Edition

In this special Saturday night edition of the DT Friday Freakout, our heroine, the pregnant economist, actually looks at the data underlying all those hardline proscriptions pregnant ladies get--about alcohol, coffee, sushi, deli meat, weight gain, &c.--and finds that people...
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August 4, 2013


I was kind of snarky about how Chinese parents' global scramble for baby formula is affecting local markets in various countries. But holy crap, people. NYT reporter Edward Wong's account of living in Beijing with his wife and 9-mo daughter...
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