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Why women aren't getting long-acting contraception when they need it most

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Why are 50% of pregnancies unintended in the US? Why are poor women more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy? One reason is that women can’t get the kind of birth control they want, when they need it.

One of the key times women need reliable contraception is soon after they give birth. More than half...

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With a shaky legal foundation, are daily fantasy sports a billion-dollar house of cards?

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imageDraftKings will sponsor professional poker players like Ken Weimer – indicative, perhaps, of the demographic they're courting.World Poker Tour/flickr , CC BY-NC

You can’t escape it. Advertising for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is everywhere.

Put in some cash. Create a team – or multiple teams – on any given day. Root for your...

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Why new US ozone standards aren't enough to protect health and the environment

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imageGround-level ozone levels in US lag other countries' guidelines for air quality. urbanfeel/flickr, CC BY-ND

On October 1, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced new standards for ground-level ozone. Much of the discussion around the new regulations has centered either on whether they are protective enough of health or on how much...

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Combating 'neglected' diseases using nature's apothecary

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imageIndonesian schoolchildren show off the mark they've just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world's 'neglected' diseases.CDC Global, CC BY

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology recognized three researchers who made pioneering contributions to the treatment of parasitic diseases, which affect tens of...

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Is the 2015 Nobel Prize a turning point for traditional Chinese medicine?

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imageNever before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine. bomb_bao/flickr, CC BY-SA

I’m sure I’m not the only one surprised by the announcement that half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has gone to a researcher who spent her entire career researching traditional Chinese medicine. Based at the Chinese...

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Who you gonna trust: how power affects our faith in others

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imageWhy do we trust people with power (other than politicians)?Reuters

One of the ongoing themes of the current presidential campaign is that Americans are becoming increasingly distrustful of those who walk the corridors of power – Exhibit A being the Republican presidential primary, in which three of the top four candidates are outsiders of...

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A somber message on World Teachers' Day 2015: our teachers are at risk

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imageThe work of teachers is not valued as much as other professions.BES Photos, CC BY-NC-SA

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or “disappear” teachers.

Dictators employ such harsh tactics because of the role teachers play in society. Teachers provide not only a...

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