Annamarya Scaccia

Annamarya Scaccia is an award-winning freelance journalist who reports on public health and social justice issues. Like any native New Yorker, Annamarya drinks too much coffee and has strong opinions about the Yankees. She now lives in Austin, Texas with her young son.
Recent Articles

Is The Royal Wedding Open To The Public? You Won't Believe The Answer

Since Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, millions of people from around the world have become obsessed with their impending nuptials. And the day is almost here! In just a month, Prince Harry and Markle will exchange …
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Your Baby's Intelligence Likely Won't Be Hurt By Anesthesia, New Study Finds

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to parents and the medical community about the use of anesthetics and sedatives in children under 3 years old. The FDA asserted in its notice that prolonged or repeated exposure to anest…
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The House “Farm Bill” Threatens SNAP Benefits, & It Could Hurt Kids

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee began its markup on a new "Farm Bill," sweeping legislation that will ultimately determine federal funding for food and agricultural programs. The version of the bill under consideration, drafted by House…
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Women In Arizona Now Have To Justify Their Abortions To Lawmakers, & It's So Wrong

People who have abortions do so for different reasons. And those reasons are nobody's business but their own. Talk to anti-abortion politicians in Arizona, though, and they'll disagree wholeheartedly. In their view, if you choose to have an abortion,…
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This Mom Lowkey Got The Best Baby Shower Gift Ever & Every Mom Deserves One

Any parent-to-be will tell you that one of the first things you're told to do when arranging a baby shower is to put together your registry. Otherwise, you will be hounded by your family and friends until day-of, asking you what you need. (Yet, none …
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Here's Why Millennial Moms Might Be Angrier Than Any Previous Generation

The United States is a dumpster fire. It's been that way for the last decade, but the flames have grown and burned brighter over the last two. Living in this country, for anyone who isn't a cisgender white man, has been a gamble — like playing a game…
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4 "Rules" The Royal Kids Have To Follow, & Sometimes Before They're Out Of Diapers

When you're a member of the British royal family, there is a certain set of rules that you have to follow. These strict rules dictate everything from when you stand and how you eat to what you wear and how you wave. Every adult has to adhere to these…
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There Could Be A Vaccine For Peanut Allergies Soon, So Here's What Parents Should Know

At least 1 in 13 children in the United States who live with one or multiple food allergies. That's as many as 6 million kids who have to change their diets or avoid situations entirely in order to prevent a potentially life-threatening allergic reac…
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What Did Khloé Kardashian Name Her Baby? Fans Want All The Details

O-M-G, Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans, the day has finally come! Khloé Kardashian and boyfriend Tristan Thompson have welcomed their daughter into the world, according to TMZ. On Thursday, April 12, Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl at a hos…
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Kate Hudson's Photos Of Her Kids Are Incredibly Sweet

Last week, actor Kate Hudson took to social media to break the news that she's expecting her third child and first with her musician boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. The best-selling author and health enthusiast shared an adorable video of her sex reveal p…
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These Facts About Black Maternal Health Are Horrifying, & Entirely Preventable

It's well-known, through decades of research, that Black women face deep disparities in access to quality prenatal and perinatal care compared to White women. A mix of factors contribute to this racial divide in maternal health, and these facts about…
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Video Games Won't Hurt Toddlers, New Study Finds — But There's A Catch

Not all parents have the same reason for exposing their kids to television or video games at young age. But each parent who has incorporated technology into their toddler's life has felt guilty at some point for doing so. That's because studies have …
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More Kids Today Have Food Allergies Than Previous Generations, & Here's Why That Might Be

It's not uncommon to know or have a kid who has a food allergy. After all, statistics show that as many as 6 million — or 1 in 13 — children in the United States lives with one or multiple food allergies. But how has that number changed over the year…
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Here's Why Prince William & Kate Middleton Haven't Revealed Their Baby's Sex

Spring is for the royals! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to welcome their third baby into the world in just two weeks, and fans are counting down the days. But not much is known about the new royal baby, including their sex. So why ar…
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YouTube Reportedly Collected Kids’ Data, & Here's What Parents Need To Know

Another week, another controversy over data collection. But this time, Facebook is not at the center of the storm. Instead, a coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer, and privacy groups has urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to probe Google's p…
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Losing A Loved One During Pregnancy May Affect Your Baby's Health, New Study Finds

Grief never goes away, no matter how long ago you may have lost a loved one. Although grief may ease over time, it lingers in the back of your mind, and can come rushing back at the slightest memory. But it seems, for mothers, the overwhelming stress…
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Michelle Obama Compared Trump & Obama's Presidencies With A Powerful Parenting Metaphor

It's no secret that I and the entirety of America have compared President Donald Trump to an unruly toddler throwing a tantrum at the grocery store. I mean, Trump's tweets alone are the digital embodiment of a bratty kid who'll destroy everything in …
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Kate Hudson Is Pregnant With Her 3rd Child, & Here's When She's Probably Due

It looks like the famous Hudson family is going to grow by one more! On Friday, actor Kate Hudson announced on social media that she's pregnant with her third child. Of course, there's one question on everyone's mind: When is Kate Hudson due? She did…
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Josiah Duggar's Political Quotes Are Few & Far Between, But They Are Still Revealing

It seems fans of TLC's hit reality show Counting On can expect another wedding in the near future. Last month it was revealed that Josiah Duggar had become engaged to his 18-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Swanson, according to People. Of course, the new…
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9 Royals You Probably Haven't Heard Of, Because The Royal Family Is Huge

The day is almost here! In just a few short weeks, Prince Harry of Wales and the amazing American actor Meghan Markle will tie the knot, to the delightful squeals of fans everywhere. Their royal wedding is expected to be an extravagant affair with a …
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