Category: Health

Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

For years, an organization called Women on Web has given women a way to perform their own medication-induced abortions at home. The organization would, remotely, do online consultations, fill prescriptions, and ship the pills that trigger miscarriages to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. Several studies have shown that the service is safe. For American women who’ve…

Inherited Trauma Shapes Your Health

Often, when I complain to my therapist about how stressed out I am by a problem I’m having, she says a variation on the same thing: “Well, like all Ashkenazi Jews, you have a lot of intergenerational trauma. You know, because of everything that’s … happened.” Of course you’re anxious, she seems to say, you’re Jewish! I think it’s meant…

The Race to Mass-Produce Perfect Waves

In 2015, a rancher named David Howe lifted off from a California airfield on a covert mission. For weeks, a neglected water-ski park in his Central Valley farming community had been mysteriously ensconced in privacy fencing and manned by a security detail. The clandestine development raised eyebrows in town, but according to Howe, locals contracted to do work at the…

Sperm Counts Continue to Fall

Men’s sperm have been decreasing in number and getting worse at swimming for some time now—and at least in the U.S. and Europe, new research says it’s getting worse. A pair of new studies unveiled this week at the Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Denver suggest that American and European men’s sperm count and sperm…

YouTube Stars Are Being Accused of Profiting Off Fans’ Depression

Some of YouTube’s biggest stars have found themselves embroiled in controversy over videos that critics say allow them to profit off fans struggling with depression. Over the past year, mental health and burnout have become big topics in the YouTube community. Stars like Philip DeFranco and Shane Dawson have posted heartfelt videos about their struggles with depression, encouraging fans to…

When Abortion Is Illegal, Women Rarely Die. But They Still Suffer.

In August, the Argentine Senate rejected a bill that would have decriminalized abortion in the country within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Less than a week later, the newspaper Clairín reported that a 34-year-old woman died from septic shock after attempting to terminate her own pregnancy using parsley. The woman, referred to only as Elizabeth, became one of 40-some…

These high school students are tackling Kentucky’s mental health crisis

An insidious problem is lurking in Kentucky’s schools: Students across the state are reporting high amounts of psychological stress, anxiety, and depression. The problem has become so bad that suicide is now the second leading cause of death for the state’s youth. While nationally, mental health awareness has increased, for Kentucky’s teenagers, the issue isn’t getting nearly enough attention. During…

Demand for the Overdose-Reversal Drug Is Surging

Thirty years ago during the United States’ HIV/AIDS epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, sent informational brochures on the disease to every American household. The campaign was effective in helping shift the debate from the moral politics of intravenous drug use to the importance of prevention, such as condom use, and medical care. “No one will require more…