March 8, 2024

Girls Are Starting Puberty Earlier Than Ever. For Some, That Comes with Major Mental Health Risks

(STAT News) – Girls across the globe are hitting puberty earlier than ever before. A 2020 study of 20 countries across six continents found that the median age when girls first experience breast development has dropped by about three months … Read More

March 6, 2024

The Dark Side of Open Source AI Image Generators

(Wired) – Whether through the frowning high-definition face of a chimpanzee or a psychedelic, pink-and-red-hued doppelganger of himself, Reuven Cohen uses AI-generated images to catch people’s attention. “I’ve always been interested in art and design and video and enjoy pushing … Read More

February 27, 2024

‘Medical Colonialism’: Midwives Sue Hawaii Over Law Regulating Native Birth Workers

(The Guardian) – Six midwives and three patients sued the state of Hawaii on Tuesday after the government last year prohibited birth workers without a specific midwifery license from providing maternal healthcare. The lawsuit, filed today by the Center for … Read More

February 27, 2024

The Rate of Antidepressants Prescribed to Young People Surged During the Pandemic

(NPR) – The monthly rate of antidepressants being dispensed to young people increased about 64% more quickly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers used the IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription Database to examine … Read More

February 21, 2024

NIH Study of ME/CFS Points to Immune Dysfunction and Brain Abnormalities at Core of Long-Dismissed Disease

(STAT News) – In 2022, 4.3 million American adults reported having ME/CFS, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. At least twice in history, new pockets of patients have emerged: once in the 1980s, and again since … Read More

February 15, 2024

‘I Was Terrified’: Black Women May Prefer Black OB-GYNs Due to Fear of Discrimination, Dying During Pregnancy

(NBC News) – Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with 32 Black women ages 27 to 34 about their past experiences with obstetric care, along with their perspectives … Read More