Weekly Health Digest: Once a Month Birth Control Pill, Hair Chemicals Increase Cancer Risk, Vaping, and Sickle Cell

A summary of important health news from the past week Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests By: Michelle Roberts A team of researchers funded by the Gates Foundation have started testing a once a month oral contraceptive pill on pigs. The pill is designed “to resist immediate attack by stomach acid.” It slowly releases pregnancy…

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Weekly Health Digest: Better Flu Vaccine, Reversal of Life Expectancy Trends, Fire Related Power Outages, and More

Photo by Michael Held on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Building a better flu vaccine — one you don’t have to get every year By: Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield The effectiveness of the current flu shot depends on how accurate scientists are at predicting what strains should be targeted every year.…

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Weekly Health Digest: Improving Campus Mental Health, Samoa Measles Outbreak, Poor Diabetes Care, and Mosquito Interventions

Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week UT Health Services Center hosts summit to improve campus mental health By: Joseph Choi On November 22, 2019, faculty and staff from University of Tennessee campuses gathered for the 2019 Academic and Student Affairs Summit to discuss prevention of worsening mental health…

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Weekly Health Digest: Google and “Legal” Health Data, Hidden Hunger, Cardiac Arrest, and Insulin Shortages

A summary of important health news from the past week Google Is Slurping Up Health Data—and It Looks Totally Legal By: Gregory Barber and Megan Molteni Current health privacy laws allow tech giants, like Google, access to our personal medical information. Google’s discreet partnership with Ascension, the second largest health system, was revealed recently. This…

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Health Beyond the Blog: Friendship Bench

Recommended by: Imani Brooks Photo by Hal Ozart on Unsplash The Friendship Bench is a national and international mental health intervention that started in Zimbabwe. The community based intervention focuses on problem-solving therapy, where the patient identifies a problem, rather than a diagnosis, symptom or label. Such an approach empowers patients to cope healthier and work on their mental health. Patients…

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