PARENTING BY THE NUMBERS

 

BPA and Babies: New Research From FDA Focuses On What Happens In Womb
Trevor Butterworth, Forbes, November 14, 2011

Breastfeeding and leukemia: Another reason to blame moms or to be suspicious of breastfeeding mania?
Rebecca Goldin, PhD and Cindy Merrick, November 11, 2011

Op-Ed: Accepting the medicine
Trevor Butterworth, The Daily, October 24, 2011

Breastfeeding and the Risk of SIDS
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D and Cindy Merrick, July 12, 2011

Unbearable Costs?
Trevor Butterworth, February 28, 2011

Can breastfeeding halt obesity - or is the media misreading the research?
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D, January 21, 2011

Kabul is safer for kids than New York City… if
Trevor Butterworth, November 22, 2010

Kids screen out on TV
STATS blog, Cindy Merrick, November 10, 2010

Adding it up: How good is Value Added Modeling at measuring teacher performance?
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D, September 29, 2010

Got milk? Not anymore if schools have anything to do with it.
Trevor Butterworth, August 30, 2010

What's in those veggies?
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D. & Jing Peng, June 4, 2010

Is Childhood Cancer Becoming More Common?
Trevor Butterworth, May 28, 2010

The effects of television on toddlers
STATS Blog, Rachel Salabes, May 5, 2010

How Not to Raise a Bully: The Early Roots of Empathy
Maia Szalavitz, Time.com, April 17, 2010

The costs of breastfeeding
April 5, 2010

Choking on hot dog data: Has pediatricians’ group gone wild?
Trevor Butterworth, February 23, 2010

New York Public School's Whole Milk Swindle
Trevor Butterworth, February 3, 2010

Study finds lower incidence of autism in vaccinated kids
STATS Blog, Trevor butterworth, January 4, 2010

Land of the free, home of the scared: An interview with Lenore Skenazy
Trevor Butterworth, September 2, 2009

Parenting magazines endanger babies
STATS Blog, Trevor Butterworth, August 18, 2009

Should you delay your child’s vaccination schedule?
STATS Blog, Trevor Butterworth, August 10, 2009

Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA
Trevor Butterworth, June 15, 2009

MSN Health: Can autism be reversed?
April 21, 2009
Why do autistic children who develop a fever improve during the period they are sick? This insight, says STATS' Maia Szalavitz, is leading researchers to the possibility that autism could be treated.

Time: What new parents don't know about their children
March 2, 2009
Early nurse intervention to educate low income families about how their infants develop shows health, social, and economic benefits, says STATS Maia Szalavitz on Time.com

The science of parenting and its discontents
STATS blog, Trevor Butterworth, Dec 19, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle "toying" with parents' fears
Trevor Butterworth, Nov 26, 2008
Media scaremongering over vinyl toys shows how little journalists know about science

Test scores, graduation rates, and school vouchers
Patrick McCloskey, Oct 20, 2008

Unvaccinated children behind worrying measles increase
STATS blog, Trevor Butterworth, Sept 8, 2008

Acupuncture and Fertility: The Media Screws Up
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D and Jenna Krall, March 3, 2008
Odds ratios can also be prickly...

Should You Be Worried About Toxic Baby Bottles?
Trevor Butterworth, February 9, 2008
Lots of scare stories, but independent European scientific assessments and new studies argue research showing risk is flawed. This news isn't making the media coverage.

The Risks of Light to Moderate Drinking During Pregnancy
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D., December 12, 2007
We sort through the data. Plus, we've updated our examination of fetal alcohol syndrome

Diabetes and Nursing
Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D, October 22, 2007
Will giving your baby a bottle mean giving her diabetes?

Scaring Women Into Breastfeeding: Mention Leukemia Risk to Baby
Rebecca Goldin, October 15, 2007
A journalist claims that science suggests millions of kids have been put at risk by not breast-feeding, but the science says otherwise.

Mercury News Urges Crack Down on Rubber Ducks
Trevor Butterworth, October 1, 2007
But where's the science in paper's call on Governor Schwarzenegger to sign bill banning phthalates in children's toys?

Coverage of Autism "Vaccine Court" Off to a Bad Start
Trevor Butterworth, June 11, 2007
Washington Post attempts to be fair to both "scientific" sides of the argument gives credibility to troubling "experts."

HIV and Breastfeeding
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D, April 23, 2007
Is it better for HIV mothers to breastfeed or not breastfeed and does it depend on where they live?

With Tiny Babies, Tiny Errors Count
Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D, February 21, 2007
MSNBC confuses gestational age with conception.

Coffee and Pregnancy: How Much Can You Drink?
Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D, January 29, 2007
Just what does three cups mean?

Time's Toy Reporting Scares Parents
Trevor Butterworth, December 13, 2006
But is it ethical to publish a one-source tip sheet for parents when the source can't prove a risk? (addenda added)

Mass Hysteria About "Toxic" Toys is Spreading
Trevor Butterworth, December 5, 2006
The Huffington Post's "Fearless Voices" just don't want to listen to science or reason.

Bogus Toy Danger
Trevor Butterworth, November 27, 2006
Who is watching the public interest watchdogs? When it comes to the risks from dangerous toys, some reporters and newspapers are ready to swallow nonsense.

The Not-Quite-So-Grim Neurology of Teenage Drinking
Maia Szalavitz, July 7 , 2006
What the New York Times, CBS News and other media failed to mention in covering new studies on teen alcohol consumption.

What Science Really Says About the Benefits of Breast-Feeding (and what the New York Times didn't tell you)
June 20, 2006
Dr. Rebecca Goldin
Director of Research, Statistical Assessment Service,Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, George Mason University
Dr. Emer Smyth
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Andrea Foulkes
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Toxic" Toys Not "Toxic"
November 22, 2005, Trevor Butterworth
Naughty PIRG doesn't play nice with science; Europe banned phthalate in toys over objections of its own scientific advisory committee.

Kids Using Sleeping Pills
November 20, 2005, Rebecca Goldin and Grace Harris
USA Today avoids hysteria; New York Times hides an opinion with a lot of random stats.

How Bad is Divorce?
November 14, 2005, Rebecca Goldin Ph.D.
Media and researchers incorrectly compare low-conflict marriages to divorce.

Adults Increasingly Removed From Teen Reality
November 02, 2005, Maia Szalavitz
Psychiatrist diagnoses new teen identity disorder while kids cut back on drugs, booze and sex.

NIH Panel Unable to Validate Key Finding in Swan Phthalate Baby Study
Trevor Butterworth and Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D, October 17, 2005, .
Independent experts find no correlation between phthalates and biomarkers for reproduction.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fears Fueled by Few Drinks
Trevor Butterworth, August 15, 2005
Evidence that even moderate drinking during pregnancy can affect child's mental development.

New Study Suggests Phthalates No Threat to Male Fertility
Trevor Butterworth, July 14, 2005
Media not very interested in study showing controversial chemical has no ill effect on semen.

Plastic Toy Terror
July 06, 2005, Trevor Butterworth
Once again, incomplete reporting leads to pointless scaremongering.

60 Minutes Biased Examination of Teen Binge Drinking
Maia Szalavitz, April 19, 2005, Segment ignored division among experts over how to deal with underage alcohol abuse.

Is Your Child Fat?
Rebecca Goldin, January 03, 2005
The definition of "overweight" is hard to come by.

How to Save a Troubled Kid
Maia Szalavitz, November 16, 2004
Avoid reading Time magazine on tough love.

Network News Nannies: NBC Scolds Parents over Teen Drinking
Maia Szalavitz, May 20, 2003
NBC's Dateline doesn't advance the debate on alcohol abuse