The NZ Herald's recent special feature on teen suicide in Northland was a reminder, should anyone need it, of the tragic cost of suicide in New Zealand. It's time we all started treating suicide as the national emergency it is, writes Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.
An Australian 'study' is whipping up fears over the safety of baby formula. But are reports on what it means actually backed up by facts? The Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why this latest scare story is bad science, plain and simple.
Money may not be important in the big scheme of things, but where money gets put, and how much, tells us volumes about what the government thinks it is doing right. And our government thinks things are going pretty well, writes the Morgan Foundation's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Of all of the parenting topics that turn into all-out war online – breast vs bottle, dummy-gate, circumcision or uncut grapes – the worst of all is surely vaccination. Here the Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses the importance of talking calmly about vaccination.
The Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw looks at the current state of immunisation in our country – and explains why our poorest children are the ones least likely to experience the freedom of a healthy childhood.
What does the evidence really say about breast-feeding and bottle feeding? And how should we apply that evidence to our own parenting? Dr Jess is on the case.
Yesterday's news of a major settlement for aged care workers is a big win in the fight for pay equity in New Zealand. Now it's time to close the loopholes that could prevent women with children benefitting from the deal, says Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.
It's always a good time to talk about vaccination, but with the topic back in the news thanks to Dr Lance O'Sullivan's protest at a screening of an anti-vaxx movie, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to share again Dr Jess Bernentson-Shaw's deep dive into the issue from March this year. We'll be publishing part two and three of Dr Jess's series on vaccination over the coming days.
Because it doesn't get said enough, Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw has a message of thanks for all the overworked and underappreciated women of the world.