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reproductive rights

It’s Not Just Abortion, Birth Control Coverage Is Also in Jeopardy

With the retirement of Justice Kennedy, a more conservative Supreme Court could limit access to contraception.
Susan Rinkunas
6.29.18
Drugs

This Bill Could Give Jeff Sessions the Power to Ban Kratom

The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act (SITSA) would give the Attorney General unilateral power to ban drugs for up to five years.
Troy Farah
6.27.18
immigration

Separated Families Face Serious Challenges After Being Reunited

Even kids who get returned to their families have a risk of lifelong trauma.
Susan Rinkunas
6.25.18
Fighting Words

The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Family separation is traumatic, and traumatic experiences can launch a predisposition to addiction or mental illness into an actual disorder.
Maia Szalavitz
6.20.18
immigration

Here Are All the Doctors' Groups That Have Denounced Trump's Family Separation Policy

Multiple medical groups have warned of the mental and physical health risks of taking immigrant kids away from their parents.
Susan Rinkunas
6.18.18
the anti-science presidency

Trump’s New Head of Family Planning Is an Anti-Choice Extremist

As the former president and CEO of Life Network, Diane Foley used to run crisis pregnancy centers, which exist to convince women not to have abortions. Foley now has final say on which groups will be awarded Title X family planning grants.
Susan Rinkunas
6.5.18
united states of addiction

1 in 5 Young People Who Died in 2016 Overdosed on Opioids

In 2001, opioids were a factor in 4.2 percent of deaths among people ages 25 to 34. By 2016, that number had nearly quadrupled to 20 percent.
Jesse Hicks
6.1.18
yikes

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Possible Risk of Unintended Pregnancy

A doctor noticed that the pills in a sample pack were in the wrong order.
Susan Rinkunas
5.30.18
Meducation

Even the Maker of Ambien Says Ambien Doesn’t Cause Racism

After posting racist comments, Roseanne Barr said she was "Ambien tweeting."
Susan Rinkunas
5.30.18
yikes

The CDC Says Synthetic Weed May Be Contaminated With Rat Poison

They found that, of the 202 reported cases of unexplained bleeding nationwide, 95 patients tested positive for brodifacoum, a chemical used as rat poison.
Jesse Hicks
5.29.18
Fighting Words

Trump’s Plan to 'Defund' Planned Parenthood Could Put Women’s Lives at Risk

The proposed change to the Title X family planning program is known as the "Protect Life Rule," which is deeply ironic as the policy shows little regard for the health and lives of the patients who rely on it.
Susan Rinkunas
5.18.18
STDs

Bill Gates Says Trump Doesn't Know the Difference Between HPV and HIV

"I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other."
Mike Darling
5.18.18