One researcher is trying to end gun violence by flipping the script on vengeance killings

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In rural Pennsylvania, where James Kimmel grew up, being the son of an insurance agent meant he was often at the receiving end of jeers by his classmates, many of whom came from farming households. The harder he tried to fit in, the more they harassed him. In his final years of high school, Kimmel’s classmates snuck onto his family’s property and shot his beagle, Paula. Kimmel found the dog when he went to feed her the next morning. “She was laying there in a pool of blood,” says Kimmel, now 55. The police did nothing.

The following week, that…

The media has stopped paying attention. Does that mean you can, too?

A close-up of a mosquito sitting on human skin.
A close-up of a mosquito sitting on human skin.
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When Maureen McCollum, now 37, got married during the height of the Zika virus pandemic in 2016, her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic was on the chopping block.

“I would cancel your trip,” doctors said at the time, when the couple expressed that they wanted a baby. In the end, McCollum and her husband traveled but chose to delay trying to conceive for six months, per the doctors’ recommendations.

McCollum is currently pregnant and expecting a baby girl in January. She says her doctors seem less worried about Zika virus now than they were in 2016.

Still, it’s been hard…

Policymakers see banning e-cigarettes as an easy public health victory. Experts say the plan will backfire.

E-Cigarettes made by Juul are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed put pen to paper, signing an ordinance to effectively ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, making it the first major city in the United States to put stringent regulations on e-cigarettes.

For several years, e-cigarette companies like Juul have been decried by politicians, the media and even the nation’s top doctor, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who last year called e-cigarette use “an epidemic among our nation’s young people.”

While Juul use among young people has increased 78% between 2017 and 2018, some health experts fear that bans like San Francisco’s might protect teenagers…

Keyto says it analyzes your breath to tell you how much fat you’re burning. But does it actually work?

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At a glance, the palm-sized breathalyzer could easily be mistaken for a vaping pen. But Keyto, a handheld breath sensor with an accompanying mobile app that announced its retail launch earlier this month, isn’t designed for partiers. Instead, it’s a diet-tracking device for disciples of keto, a restrictive low-carb, high-fat diet that drives the dieter’s body into a metabolic state of ketosis, during which the body burns fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates.

Keyto co-founder and CEO Dr. …

A lot is riding on how much the company is willing to share with the public

Dr. Sumbul Desai, vice president of health at Apple, was met with cheers on Monday during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference when she announced the tech giant had created a service specifically for monitoring menstrual cycles.

“This one is for you,” Desai said, addressing the women in the crowd. “Cycle Tracking.”

“Knowing more about your menstrual cycle gives you a window into your health, from simply ensuring you’re prepared to understanding your personal patterns and regularities,” she added.

For now, the service is available only to developers, but it’s scheduled for a full consumer release with watchOS 6 this fall…

Some say direct-to-consumer diagnostic kits, currently available for everything from food sensitivity to Lyme disease, offer the convenience and low cost that a doctor’s visit lacks. Others argue they’re more harmful than helpful.

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In 2017, Julia Cheek broke a record on ABC’s Shark Tank: The show’s judges awarded her a $1 million deal for her company, EverlyWell, marking the largest investment a solo female entrepreneur had received in the show’s history.

EverlyWell, an at-home medical testing business, currently offers testing panels for conditions as varied as food sensitivity, menopause, and HPV. Cheek stresses that it’s a middleman service, not a diagnostic company: Customers collect their swabs and samples privately, then send them to a lab for analysis. …

‘Hubris is very dangerous’: How blood diagnostic companies are distancing themselves from Theranos’ fraud charges

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Tanay Tandon ditched class the day Elizabeth Holmes came to speak to his fellow freshmen at Stanford University a few years ago. At the time, says Tandon, now 22, the campus community was already skeptical about Theranos, Holmes’ now-infamous blood testing company. That’s because her talk took place around the time John Carreyou at the Wall Street Journal published his first story questioning Theranos’ legitimacy. According to Tandon’s classmates, Holmes — who dropped out of Stanford to start her company — spent part of her lecture explaining to the students why she felt the accusations against her were wrong.

“It…

Are we all just clicks away from identifying as ‘flat-Earthers’?

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Panic attacks were common. Employees joked about suicide, had sex in the stairwells, and smoked weed on break.

A disturbing investigative report by the Verge last week revealed that some of Facebook’s contract moderators—who are tasked with keeping content like beheadings, bestiality, and racism out of your news feed—have turned to extreme coping mechanisms to get through the workday. Some contractors have been profoundly impacted by the content they’re exposed to, which may have implications for the rest of us who have grown accustomed to scrolling past sketchy links in our news feeds.

For some workers, repeatedly viewing conspiracy videos…

The number of Apple stores makes the company an accessible spot for health outreach

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“Williamsburg, can you give it up?” Celebrity fitness expert Jeanette Jenkins gives a rallying cry as she leads a throng of approximately 30 Apple Watch users — including a number of Apple store employees — on a brisk walk around Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. The group responds with cheers, and Jenkins circles up the group at intervals so that Jay Blahnik, senior director of fitness at Apple, can answer questions about the Apple Watch’s fitness tracking capabilities.

This jaunt around the Brooklyn neighborhood is part of Apple’s heart health panel and fitness event at its Williamsburg-based store on February 21…

President Donald Trump’s promise to end infections by 2030 ignores last year’s wave of drug-related outbreaks

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During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions within a decade, and lauded the “incredible strides” made by the United States in recent years to curtail the infectious disease.

“Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” Trump told the audience assembled in the House.

While new HIV infections have consistently fallen since the 1980s — when there were more than 130,000 new infections per year — the president’s message stood in stark contrast to the realities of injection drug use in 2018.

Last year alone, the nation witnessed HIV…

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