What It's Like to Get Reproductive Care at an Anti-Abortion, Anti-Contraception Clinic
Changes to the Title X family planning programs have brought onboard a new kind of reproductive health clinic. What does that mean for patients?
This Congress Has Made More Progress on Early Gun Bills Than Any Other in the Last 10 Years
In the wake of a week of racist, terroristic mass shootings, here's a look at the status of the new firearms bills introduced at the beginning of the year.
A Deadly Weekend in America Renews Attention to Congress' Languishing Gun-Control Bills
Could a weekend of deadly violence in the United States lead to federal gun-law reform?
Five Things You Need to Know About Importing Drugs From Canada
Including whether and how insulin is covered.
Why Does an FDA Page About Abortion Pills Cite Murders and Overdoses as 'Associated With' the Drugs?
There's no evidence that medication abortion caused these deaths.
Juul Hires a Prominent Researcher of Nicotine's Effects on Youth
Mark Rubinstein comes from a university known for its tobacco-control research and archive of tobacco industry documents.
An Update on Abortion Pills From the World Health Organization Undermines How the U.S. Regulates Them
The update may make mifepristone and misoprostol more readily available worldwide. But in the U.S., not much is expected to change.
The True Story of the Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Survived Boko Haram
Isha Sesay's new book gives a full and harrowing account of what happened to the 276 girls kidnapped by the jihadist group.
A Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration's Plan to Lower Drug Prices
President Donald Trump pledged to lower drug costs by forcing companies to disclose their list prices in ads. But would the plan have even worked in the first place?
What Would Happen If the Government Covered Undocumented Immigrants' Health Care?
Democrats want health coverage for everybody in America, including the undocumented. What does that mean for folks already getting government-covered health care?
The Alabama Woman Charged With Her Fetus' Death Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Black Women for Harm to Their Unborn
An analysis has found that states in the South disproportionately detain or require medical procedures on pregnant women, for the sake of their fetuses, especially women of color.
What Does Being a Man's 'Type' Have to Do With Harassment and Rape?
President Donald Trump recently defended himself against an accusation of rape by saying the accuser wasn't his type. How much does attraction play into sexual harassment and assault?
Does the FDA's Plan to Regulate New Opioids More Strictly Go Far Enough?
The FDA has a key role to play in combating America's overdose epidemic, but advocacy groups debate whether it's doing enough.
Does It Make a Difference When Politicians Tell Their Abortion Stories?
Abortion storytelling projects, aimed at reducing stigma, have proliferated in recent years, but what's their real effect on public opinion?
A Proposed New Law Could Help Reduce Sexual Harassment in the Sciences
The Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act would compel America's science agencies to hold taxpayer-funded labs accountable for harassment.
San Francisco Is Set to Ban Vape Sales. What Other Restrictions Have Places Tried?
City and state governments are responding to skyrocketing youth vaping rates, which went up 78 percent between 2017 and 2018.
America's Science Agencies' Sexual Harassment Policies Are Still Super Confusing, an Investigation Finds
A few years into science's #MeToo movement, the government agencies that fund American science are still working on solidifying rules meant to keep harassers from working with students, and to deter harassment in the future.
The Leader of One of America's Biggest Science Agencies Just Signed a 'No-Manels' Pledge
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins joins men from many fields, both in the sciences and beyond.
'These Maternal Deaths Could Have Been Avoided': A Closer Look at the Major New Study Finding That Abortions Don't Harm Women's Health
This research is particularly important at a time when states across the country are passing new laws concerning abortion.
The Trump Administration Is Hiding How It Decides Asylum Cases, Advocates Say
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says everything is available online. How did such a major misunderstanding happen?
The National Academy of Sciences Can Now Kick Out Harassers
The change is a sign of the progress anti-harassment activists have made—and it's been a long time coming.
Colorado Just Capped the Price That Insurers Can Charge Patients for Insulin. Who Will the Law Help?
A wide swath of Americans report using less insulin than they're prescribed because of cost concerns.
Why Pro-Choice Groups Vastly Outspend Pro-Life Groups in Political Campaigns
By some measures, pro-choice groups outspend their pro-life counterparts by as much as 10-to-one. But it all depends on what you count as an abortion policy group.
Where Will Abortion Be Illegal If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned?
Here's what will happen to abortion access in your state if the Supreme Court decision ensuring legal abortion throughout America is overturned.
Will Including Prescription Drug Prices in Ads Drive Down Prices?
A new rule will soon require most drug ads on TV to state the drug's list price. Here's what the science says about how people will likely react.
Should Health-Care Providers Be Allowed to Opt Out of Providing Birth Control?
The Trump administration strengthened protections for "conscientious objectors" to abortion and assisted suicide. We talked to ethicists about balancing patients' and providers' rights.
America's Measles Crisis Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better
Plus, why Trump's turnaround on vaccine safety was very late—but still helpful.
Federal Prosecutors Are Criminally Charging an Opioid Distributor for the First Time
The charges mean that two former Rochester Drug Company leaders could face prison time.
There's a Gold-Standard Treatment for Opioid Addiction. What Keeps Treatment Centers From Using It?
A quest through California to find which addiction and recovery centers aren't using medication-assisted treatment—our country's best bet for beating the opioid crisis.
When Older Americans With Depression and Dementia Have Access to Firearms
A new study finds that older Americans with risk factors for harming themselves or others don't seem to be any less likely to have access to firearms than anyone else their age.
The Feds Have Proposed New Guidelines for Sober Homes—and Observers Are Deeply Disappointed
Many sober homes have made the news recently for egregious violations—but the latest federal effort to clean them up may not do much to help.
Should We Blame Pharmaceutical Companies for America's Opioid Epidemic? Here's What the Science Says.
Legal evidence is needed to pin addiction and death on opioid manufacturers, but the science suggests that a large and ready supply of legal prescription painkillers led to many addictions.
Worries About Health-Care Costs Cut Across Party Lines
But Republicans are far more likely to think that the United States' quality of care is among the best in the world.
Denver Just Passed a No-Tampon-Tax Bill. Where Else Have Such Taxes Been Lifted?
One study suggests such bans are especially helpful to low-income women.
What Oklahoma's $270 Million Settlement With Purdue Pharma Means for the 1,000-Plus Opioid Cases Still Pending
This is the biggest state opioid settlement yet, and lawyers and addiction patients' advocates are waiting eagerly to see what precedent it will set.
Can Congress Pass a Law Disarming People in Crisis?
The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday held a hearing about extreme risk protection orders, which are supposed to prevent pre-planned mass violence and firearm suicides.
One Way to Fight for Equity in Science: Nominate More Minorities for Big Prizes
Many such prizes don't even come with award money, but they boost people's careers.
How Well Do States Keep Lead Out of School Drinking Water?
Last year, a government watchdog report found that about 13 million American children went to schools where officials discovered lead in their drinking water. Now, advocacy groups have graded states' school water policies.
Is Government Regulation Keeping Americans From Getting Addiction Care?
A new major report finds that laws around medication for opioid addiction aren't based in science.
New Female Scientists Get $40,000 Less in Federal Grants Than New Male Ones, Study Finds
Bias in funding is an underappreciated barrier for women and underrepresented minorities in science.
The Director of a Major Science Funding Agency Apologizes for Taking So Long to Address Sexual Harassment in Science
The National Institutes of Health also released the numbers of scientists it has taken action against, in response to claims they harassed others.
How Reliable Is Accomplice Testimony Like Michael Cohen's?
Don't take it without corroboration.
Is the EPA 'Soft on Environmental Violators'? The Data Suggests Yes; the Agency Says No.
During a hearing, the EPA's top official for enforcement defended the agency's low performance figures.
Getting More Low-Income Americans to Breastfeed Would Lead to Health-Care Savings Down the Line
It would cost about $250 million to get an additional 650,000 low-income Americans to breastfeed as much as experts recommend, but it would save families and the health-care system $1.5 billion, a study finds.
The House Science Committee Just Held Its First Helpful Hearing on Climate Science in Years
Once most members could agree that climate change is real, they could start talking about the real question of what to do.
The 116th Congress Is Refocused on Gun Control in the Wake of Parkland
A Pacific Standard analysis reveals the only other time a new Congress has introduced so many gun-control bills was in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.