Pig kidney transplants are cool. They shouldn’t be necessary.

“Humans could, if we wanted to, end the kidney shortage right now without any assistance from our porcine friends.”

“There are more than enough human beings walking around with spare kidneys who could donate them to strangers in need. They simply choose not to.”

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/24117935/pig-kidney-transplant-mass-general-donation

Government Data Refute the Notion That Overprescribing Caused the ‘Opioid Crisis’

Government Data Refute the Notion That Overprescribing Caused the ‘Opioid Crisis’

https://reason.com/2024/04/15/government-data-refute-the-notion-that-overprescribing-caused-the-opioid-crisis/

A Big Panic Over Tiny Plastics

“the PNAS paper didn’t just convert microplastic units to nanoplastic units. The techniques did allow for the detection of a greater amount of plastic in the water, but the implications of that were played up in the media in the most dire way possible. The Washington Post headline referenced “100 to 1000 times more plastics.” The subhead of that article proclaims: “A new study finds that ‘nanoplastics’ are even more common than microplastics in bottled water.” In that article we are told, “People are swallowing hundreds of thousands of microscopic pieces of plastic each time they drink a liter of bottled water, scientists have shown—a revelation that could have profound implications for human health.”

Emphasis on “could.” There are no good studies on what the effects of these particles are. Most of the media outlets that covered the nanoplastic discovery disclose that there’s never been a documented effect on health from the particles, but they still can’t resist framing the discovery with maximum alarm.”

https://reason.com/2024/04/18/a-big-panic-over-tiny-plastics/

What the evidence really says about social media’s impact on teens’ mental health

What the evidence really says about social media’s impact on teens’ mental health

https://www.vox.com/24127431/smartphones-young-kids-children-parenting-social-media-teen-mental-health

We can make birth safer for Black mothers. Here’s how.

“Over the last 30 years, nearly every wealthy country in the world has made it much safer for people to have babies. Only one outlier has moved in the opposite direction: the United States, where the rate of people dying in childbirth continues, stubbornly and tragically, to rise. In 2021, 1,205 US women died from birth-related causes, up from 754 in 2019. Many of those deaths — a full 89 percent in one Georgia study — are potentially preventable with the proper care.”

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/24092448/black-mothers-maternal-mortality-crisis-solutions