Planned Parenthood app tries to close reproductive care gap

In the last year, the U.S. has seen dozens of coordinated political efforts by Republicans against abortion and other reproductive healthcare. The most damaging and invasive of these policy moves is the so-called that went into effect on July 11. Under this new policy clinics which provide abortions, or even refer patients to get abortions, are ineligible for Title X funding. The organization already had a lot of people to care for and not a lot of resources, and now the situation is even direr. But this week they announced a new tool in their arsenal to help patients, the . This new app allows patients in 27 states to get birth control prescriptions, as well as medication to treat …

‘I had to adjust to life with a different penis’ the pain and positives of an elective circumcision

After a diagnosis of phimosis, I quickly had the operation. The experience was demeaning, comical and extremely painful but Im happy that I did it My doctor was explaining, with some awkwardness, the procedure I was soon to undergo. The skin around your well … when I was at school we would have said bell-end. I was in my mid-20s, and about to have an elective adult circumcision. After experiencing some problems with bleeding and tearing, I had been diagnosed with phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin retracts with difficulty or not at all. It had taken me a while to get to the GP about something that felt somehow shameful but, after diagnosis, everything progressed quite quickly. Before …

Russia and Ukraine Swap Prisoners in a Victory for Diplomacy

MOSCOWWhat happened on Saturday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was a unique moment in the five-year long conflict and it was a real victory of diplomacy. The two politicians, one a former KGB officer, another a former comedian, managed to keep their promises to each other and swap 70 prisoners variously accused of illegal border crossing, espionage, murders, assassination attempts or terrorism. The significance lies in the high profiles of the prisoners both Kiev and Moscow released and offers a glimmer of hope that the two neighbors and former allies could eventually overcome the bloody division that has separated them since Ukraines Revolution of Dignity. For Zelensky the prisoner swap was a huge political risk: …

US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people US health officials warned people not to vape until they determine the cause of a severe respiratory illness, which has killed at least three people and hospitalized many more. Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people, they said on Friday. Possible cases have been identified across 33 states and one US territory. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. All confirmed cases appear to have a kind of non-infectious pneumonia, called lipoid pneumonia, developed when oil is inhaled. In all confirmed cases, patients vaped …