A Messy Exit Leaves Planned Parenthood at a Philosophical Crossroads

WASHINGTON — Leana Wen had already made a name for herself as Baltimore’s health commissioner when Planned Parenthood hired her as its new president last fall. Dr. Wen, a 36-year-old physician, had used innovative policies to combat the opioid epidemic and delivered a widely watched TED Talk. She regularly appeared on lists of the most…

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A Brief History of Squads

Image “The squad” arrives at a press conference on Monday, July 15.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times It took four years, but there’s a new “it” squad and it’s taking applications. It had seemed that “squads,” as made infamous by Taylor Swift circa 2015, had gone the way of “on fleek” and “lit.” Not long after…

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Feeling Lonely? Perhaps You’d Like to Talk to Some Strangers

When Ankit Shah graduated from college and moved to the Bay Area in 2013, he didn’t know a single person there. Hungry for connections, he asked his Facebook friends to ask their Bay Area-based friends if they’d like to have tea with him, a stranger. “I was very nervous that people would be like ‘who’s…

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Arthritis Is Tied to Heart Disease Risk

Having osteoarthritis may increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Osteoarthritis, the painful degenerative disease of the joint cartilage and bones that progresses with age, affects about 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 60. There is no cure. Researchers studied 469,177 residents of southern Sweden who ranged in age from…

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Have We Hit Peak Podcast?

In 2016, Morgan Mandriota and Lester Lee, two freelance writers looking to grow their personal brands, decided to start a podcast. They called it “The Advice Podcast” and put about as much energy into the show’s production as they did the name. (After all, no one was paying them for this. Yet.) Each week, the…

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Bright Lights? Dimmer. Big City? More Distant.

BALI, Indonesia — It was 7:30 a.m. and we were deep in the jungle. Mark Baker, his wolf and me. “Dawn used to be the enemy,” he recalled, as we descended a steep slope of slippery rocks. We weren’t on a tourist path, a dirt path or any path. One misstep and I would have…

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BU faculty honored by Antioch College for ‘profound effect on human condition’

(Boston)-Donald M. Thea, MD, MSc, professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and director of the MD/MPH dual degree program at Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health, was recognized with a 2019 Alumni Award from Antioch College. Alumni Awards are earned by select Antiochians every year and…

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Highlights for the 2019 American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 — Journalists who register for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego will have access to more than 9,500 presentations on the meeting’s theme, «Chemistry & Water,» and topics such as food, nutrition, medicine, health, nanotechnology, space science, energy and the environment. The meeting,…

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Sperm may offer the uterus a ‘secret handshake’

IMAGE: Before they reach the egg, sperm have to survive by the female immune system. An interaction between glycans (branched structures) on the surface of sperm and receptors on cells of… view more  Credit: (c) American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Why does it take 200 million sperm to fertilize a single egg? One reason…

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