Your butt on chairs: How chairs shaped human physiology

Have you ever thought about how odd it is that we’re the only species on Earth that uses a tool for sitting? Think about it. When your dog or cat needs to sit, she just...sits. But before you can sit, you need to grab an assistive device. What?Of course, we can sit on the ground … Continue reading Your butt on chairs: How chairs shaped human physiology

Book Review: The Stuff of Stars

I AM SO SO SORRY ABOUT THE ADS! WORKING ON A BUDGET FOR THAT... Author: Marion Dane BauerIllustrator: Ekua Holmes Candlewick Press, 2018Ages 6-12 The Stuff of Stars describes is a "big history" book that the describes the origins of the universe and through colorful semi-abstract art, and soaring verse that is scientifically accurate and … Continue reading Book Review: The Stuff of Stars

Guide to more effective, nuanced discussions about infant feeding

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In my previous piece on the breastfeeding backlash movement, I noted that many professionals, clinicians, and public health advocates have expressed uncertainty as to how approach the issue with the general public. It just so happens that I have a tiiiiny bit of public relations and science policy experience, and have road-tested some language and … Continue reading Guide to more effective, nuanced discussions about infant feeding

It’s time to talk about breastfeeding science backlash movement

Knowing the type of reactions this topic elicits, I have mulled over whether or not to write this post for a long time. But World Breastfeeding Week is a time for health practitioners and health advocates to reflect, and as someone who hails from the world of science rather than clinical, and as someone who … Continue reading It’s time to talk about breastfeeding science backlash movement

Six must-follow experts to follow for dope breastfeeding science

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Note: I apologize for the ads. I know they're ugly. I'm working on a budget for this thing! During World Breastfeeding Week 2019, I have been reflecting on how there is a whole heck of a lot of misinformation being spread around the internet about breastfeeding in recent years. I have noticed a trend of … Continue reading Six must-follow experts to follow for dope breastfeeding science

On Melatonin and Kids

On Tuesday, BBC.com reported that three Chicago-area daycare employees were arrested for administering melatonin to twelve toddlers at nap time, without parental consent. (Aside: Curiously, apparently the British spell it "parentel"? The wonders of variations in English word spellings never cease...) Now, if you're anything like me, you probably stared at this report, mouth agape, … Continue reading On Melatonin and Kids