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.

California May Be The First State To Ban Soda From The Kids Menu

Over the past three decades, the number of children considered obese for their age has skyrocketed. And, according to research, one major factor driving these rising rates is the amount of soda and other sugary beverages kids consume. So, in an…
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Pediatricians May Soon Be Writing Prescriptions For Your Kids To 'Play'

As a kid, I loved playing outdoors. You'd often find me riding my bike down the concrete hills of my South Brooklyn neighborhood. Or rollerblading around the block until I became tired or inevitably twisted my ankle. And at least three times a week,…
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School Staff Donated 75 Days Of Vacation Time To This Teacher Undergoing Chemo

In April, public school teacher Robert Goodman learned he had advanced colon cancer, and would need surgery and intense chemotherapy. By late July, Goodman had exhausted his sick days and needed additional leave time for more treatment. So he turned…
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Here's How To Delete Comments On Your Instagram

Personally, I rarely leave comments on Instagram photos I know, I know... I should be a more engaging social media user. But I'm just not. Other people, though, like to comment on my posts, which can be nice until some spammer posts something…
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Doctors Rethink Treatment For Babies Born With Opioid Dependencies

For decades, the common practice of treating babies born with opioid dependencies — known as neonatal abstinence syndrome formally — involved separating the infant from their mother immediately, and transferring them to neonatal intensive care. And,…
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A Measles Outbreak Is Happening In 2 Dozen States Due To Unvaccinated Patients

As scientific research has shown, vaccines have been a vital component of measles prevention. In fact, thanks to vaccinations, the United States was able to suppress the spread of measles to the point that officials were able to declare the…
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Bet You Didn't Know These 8 Celebs Were Also Middle Children

Middle children are awesome — and yes, I am just saying that because I am a middle child myself. Sure, people love to mock us with that famous Brady Bunch line (you know the one), but that's no sweat off of our backs. We do have some pretty cool…
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April The Giraffe Is Pregnant Again & Yes, There's A Live Stream To Watch

Last April, millions of people sat glued to their smartphones and computer screens as they watched April the giraffe finally give birth to her fourth calf, baby boy Tajiri. This may be an exaggeration to write, but it was like the world came to a…
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Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2 & Her Announcement Video Is Too Cute

The country music scene is about to have another star! Carrie Underwood is pregnant with baby no. 2 with husband Mike Fisher, according to Us Weekly. The singer announced the exciting news in a video she posted to her Instagram account Wednesday…
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Most Parents Don't Know About Their Breastfeeding Rights, Study Finds

Although fed is best, studies have shown that breastfeeding provides newborns with nutrients that are crucial to their growth and development. However, even with a large body of research, parents still face a number of challenges to nursing, whether…
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Beyoncé Thinks It's Very Important We Teach Our Sons To Be Caring, Truthful, & Honest

As a mother of a boy, I have to contend with a lot of gender stereotypes from which I want to protect my son. I despise the "boys will be boys" philosophy, and don't believe his penchant for being rough is inherent to his sex. After all, when it…
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Target Stops Selling Popular Potty Trainers That Allegedly Injured Boys' Genitals

It goes without saying that potty training is hard. The process, overall, is frustrating for both parent and toddler, even if your kid gets the hang of it relatively quickly. But one thing that potty training shouldn't be is physically painful.…
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Here's What Pregnant Women Need To Know About Rising Heat Wave Deaths

Summer in Texas and summer in New York are two different, but equally horrible, experiences. Living in New York during the summer means smelling rancid garbage while dealing with high humidity. In Texas, summer means being suffocated by the haze of…
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This Mom Claims She Had An Emergency C-Section *Without* Anesthesia & OMG

For some parents, having an emergency C-section can be a terrifying experience. I know that was the case for me, and for two reasons: Not only was the C-section the first surgery I had ever undergone, but I had no idea what was wrong with my son. He…
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The CDC Warns People Against Washing Or Reusing Condoms & This Is Why Sex Ed Matters

I'm a firm believer that it's OK to break the rules sometimes, and even most of the time. But there are a few decrees I don't mess with, including but certainly not limited to: always clean behind your ears, never leave bread crumbs in your nana's…
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Apparently Even *Mild* Dehydration Can Ruin Your Mental Game, A New Study Finds

I'm terrible at keeping myself hydrated. Instead of water, I have an IV tap of coffee, which I know — I know — is terrible for me. I have gone through entire workdays where I won't realize that I haven't had a drink of water until I clock out. And…
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A New Study On Drinking Alcohol While Breastfeeding May Be Misleading For Parents

Drinking alcohol while nursing is a hotly debated topic that's both complicated and complex. In the past, doctors have suggested that no amount of alcohol is good during breastfeeding, but studies published in recent years have shown that light to…
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Medics Reportedly Didn't Do Their Job, Another New Mom Is Dead — Is There A Pattern?

Crystle Galloway had given birth just days before she began experiencing symptoms of stroke, reported the Tampa Bay Times. The Florida mom of three welcomed her son via c-section in late June, and hadn't felt well ever since the delivery. Then, on…
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Chrissy Teigen Casually Breastfeeds Baby Miles In The Nude, Because Why Not?

It's been a while since I've breastfed. But I remember those hot summer days when my then-infant son would lay on my belly and nurse as I enjoyed the breeze from my air conditioner. I was probably wearing nothing more than a pair of underwear,…
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Chrissy Teigen Plays "What's This Bug?" & The Answer Isn't Pretty

There's a lot that I can handle: Explosive diapers, backed-up toilets, tattoo needles, high-intensity arguments, the sight of blood. But I draw the line at bugs, even cute-as-hell bumble bees. I hear a bee buzz, and I'm running far in the other…
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