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Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013
The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don't believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse to… More »

Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2013
A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women. More »

The 5 Different Categories Of Boredom (As Determined By Scientists)

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 23, 2013
Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it. More »

Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2013
Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal] Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice… More »

Parent Fined For Forgetting To Pack Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunch

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013
We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government's Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you've ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids' lunches are "balanced", each one is checked against Canada's Food Guide and "supplemented" by the school if any of the customary requirement… More »

Cuddling With A Stuffed Animal May Help Cure Your Depression (Seriously!)

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013
Most of the "scientific studies" in the Daily Mail make me chuckle (new survey from a contact lens manufacturer says that 90% of people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses!) but this one -- about low self-esteem, existential angst and stuffed animals -- is worth seriou… More »

Are Silent Farts Really More Deadly?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 16, 2013
You know you've wondered. And lucky for us, there's a video that answers that very question! Spoiler alert: Unless your audible farts are packing an excess of sulfur, your silent farts are probably stinkier. Science! [ANIMAL New York]… More »

Mom-To-Be, Loni Jane Anthony, Brags About Eating 10 Bananas A Day, Thinks You Should Do The Same

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 12, 2013
Instagram-famous photographer and mom-to-be Loni Jane Anthony decided to share her diet secrets with the world in a feature that ran today on an Australian news site. The 25-year-old makes the claim that eating 10 bananas a day "saved her life." And what exactly did she need saving from? The Aussie claim… More »

Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013
Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually… More »

Homeless Army Veteran Gets A Life-Changing Makeover

By: Rachel Krause / November 8, 2013
Look, this might sound terrible, but I've got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran's voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him,… More »

Not This Crap Again: Horrible Gynecologist Secretly Took Pictures Of His Patients During Exams

By: Claire Hannum / November 7, 2013
How's this for horrifying? A Baltimore gynecologist was found to have taken thousands of secret photos between his patients’ legs during exams over the course of his career. Dr. Nikita Levy, who practiced at Johns Hopkins Hospital, committed suicide earlier this year as investigators started to close in on him. Now, thousands of hi… More »

Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

By: Rachel Krause / November 7, 2013
The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous ("famous") for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begi… More »

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2013
Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called "Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK." The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite, stipulated any evidence… More »

Lit Medicine: 11 Books To Save Your Ass (Or Just Your Weary Soul)

By: Laura Barcella / November 4, 2013
"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more." Ah, the immortal words of my beloved Morrissey -- they served as a kind of mantra for me as I stumbled and bumbled through adolescence and early adulthood. Books have been a vital part of my everyday existence for far longer than Moz, though (WHAT?! More »

This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

By: Claire Hannum / November 3, 2013
Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who'd climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn't sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he's a former volunteer firefighter… More »

Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013
Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospital… More »

Women With Big Butts Are Brainier

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 31, 2013
Another reason to love your big butt! Not that you needed one. According to a study done at the University of Oxford, the bigger the bum, the brainier the woman -- and also, the healthier. The research team analyzed the behinds of  more than 16,000 women and found that fat bottomed girls really do make… More »

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2013
Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I'm shocked, shocked! [Reuters] A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. More »

Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013
Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular… More »

How A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life

By: YourTango.com / October 27, 2013
Healthy people aren't just the happy ones — they're now the married ones. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were painfully mistaken because a mate won't just keep you happy; they'll keep you living longer, too. Read more at Your… More »

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