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After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions

The agency is addressing the widespread suffering caused by the crackdown on opioids—the result of predictable misapplication of its guidelines.
Maia Szalavitz
4.25.19
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Big Pharma’s Millions Won’t Solve the Opioid Crisis

Money from the first big opioid addiction settlement is being spent in the wrong places.
Maia Szalavitz
4.10.19
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Trainers Need to Start Learning How to Work With Differently Abled People

Trainers and gyms are failing disabled people in a lot of ways. Does changing this pattern mean changing an entire culture of ableism?
Mark Hay
4.8.19
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The Idea of 'Manifesting' Your Future May Be Bad for Mental Health

The Law of Attraction says thoughts eventually become reality. That's an anxious person's worst nightmare.
Shayla Love
4.4.19
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The Stress of Living on a Boat Was Just What My Anxious Brain Needed

When you are far from land, the need to be completely self-reliant is key, and every small accomplishment is an affirmation of survival itself.
Kate Zidar
3.18.19
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What Romantic Comedies Get Wrong About Brain Damage

The aftermath of my head injury was way different than the plot of 'Isn't It Romantic' and every other movie like it.
Brooke Knisley
3.13.19
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Trump Is a Health Hazard to His Supporters

I’ll never forget how a man pulling an oxygen tank because of severe lung disease told me he would rather die than receive benefits from the Affordable Care Act because it used his tax dollars on “Mexicans and welfare queens."
Jonathan Metzl
3.6.19
Health

Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase 'Women's Health'

It ignores all the other people—with or without a uterus—who have reproductive health needs.
Meera Shah, MD
3.5.19
HIV

What I Learned from Testing Men for HIV at Gay Bathhouses

I brought the clinic to people in my community who—for a number of reasons—might not otherwise set foot in one.
George M. Johnson
2.26.19
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The Agony of Seeing Miscarriage Stories Shared Online

I want people to be able to talk about their loss, but seeing these posts opens up a wound for me.
Kristi Pahr
2.12.19
NETFLIX

The Dangers of Mainstreaming Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow inking a deal for a Netflix show could be a victory for pseudoscience.
Susan Rinkunas
2.5.19
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Pedophiles Can't be 'Cured,' and It's Dangerous to Suggest They Can

A recently published paper claiming pedophiles can be cured does a disservice to people who need treatment.
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
1.25.19
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