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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Weekly Health Digest: Vitamin E acetate Linked to Vaping Deaths, Alzheimer’s Immunity, New Strain of HIV

A summary of important health news from the past week Photo by Robina Weermeijer on Unsplash Breakthrough in CDC vaping illness investigation: Vitamin E acetate linked to THC may be to blame By: Jen Christensen The CDC recently stated that Vitamin E acetate may be the ingredient that is causing the deaths related to vaping. Vitamin E acetate…

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Weekly Health Digest: Measles Impact on Immune System, Contaminated Stool Kills Patient, Brain Aging, and More

A summary of important health news from the past week Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection By James Gallagher Several studies on unvaccinated individuals have shown that measles has an immense impact on the immune system. It has been shown that the measles virus attacks our B-cells, a type of immune cell that…

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Weekly Health Digest: Stressful Pregnancies, Eradication of 2 out of 3 Types of Polio, Sugary Drink Ban

A summary of important health news from the past week A stressful pregnancy reduces the chances of having a boy, a study shows By: Sandee LaMotte Pregnancies with boys are more vulnerable in utero to mishaps and a recent study, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of…

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Weekly Health Digest: Suicide and Race; Fat in Peoples’ Lungs; Zantac Recall; and Chinese Healthcare

A summary of important health news from the past week Suicide Rates For Black Boys And Girls Disproportionately High By: Kristen West Savali New York University’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research has found that “Black boys between the ages of 5 to 12 are committing suicide at higher rates than any other racial…

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Weekly Health Digest: Quick-onset suicidality, Teen Pregnancy and ADHD, Mind-reading Exoskeleton, and more

A summary of important health news from the past week. A new type of diagnosis could make it easier to spot if someone may attempt suicide By: Temma Ehrenfeld Over half of suicides are committed by people without a mental health diagnosis. While some of these people suffered from undiagnosed psychiatric illness, some experts say…

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Weekly Health Digest: Ebola Vaccine Transparency, Flu Vaccination Rates, TB from Deers, and More

Photo by Scott Carroll on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week. Doctors Without Borders Calls For More Transparency In Distribution Of Ebola Vaccine By: Paolo Zialcita The humanitarian NGO, Doctors Without Borders, claims that the World Health Organization is restricting the availability of the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo based…

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