Today’s Solutions: October 17, 2021

Medicine

This company offers accessible pharmacy services for the vision impaired

During the pandemic, many of us relied on drive-through services to pick up essential medications or get a Covid test, but for blind or vision-impaired individuals, these convenient and safe options were simply not a possibility. Even before the pandemic, accessing and reading prescriptions was Read More...

Gut health therapies could prevent brain damage in premature infants

We all know that what we eat impacts our health, but recent research indicates that diet could be more influential than previously thought. Our microbiomes, or gut health, has been linked to Alzheimer’s risk and even personal body image. Now, research from the University of Vienna demonstrates Read More...

Emory University School of Medicine now includes climate risk in curriculum

Climate change exacerbates the risk of many health conditions including heatstroke, asthma, lung disease, and more, but despite this, most medical school curriculums do not discuss climate change when studying potential disease risk factors. In an effort to address this issue and support Read More...

FDA Approves new brain protective gear for athletes

Brain injuries for athletes in contact sports have been steadily rising since they began to be recorded, and despite increased awareness of the traumatic and potential long-term effects of these injuries, little has been accomplished to reduce their likelihood. A study released by the American Read More...

The Renaming Revolution glossary empowers mothers with language

There is no driving force on Earth more powerful than a mother—none of us would be here without our mothers having carried and birthed us, a beautiful and physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing process. Yet the language associated with pregnancy and labor is often hurtful or critical to the Read More...

New research links REM sleep and dreaming to healthy brain blood flow

Most of our dreaming occurs during REM cycles of our sleep, but there is still some debate in the scientific community surrounding the purpose of dreaming and different sleep cycles. Hoping to shed some light on why we sleep and dream, researchers from the University of Tsukuba decided to look at Read More...

UK invites everyone to donate blood, regardless of sexual orientation

Back in 2010, Ethan Spibey’s grandfather underwent major surgery and survived—thanks to eight pints of donated blood. His entire family knew that he wouldn’t have lived through the operation had it not been for the generosity of blood donors, and to repay that invaluable kindness, they all Read More...

France makes birth control free for everyone under 25

Lack of affordability is one of the biggest barriers for women when it comes to accessing contraceptives. To address this, the French government has announced it will make birth control free and available to all women under 25. The country already makes birth control free to everyone under 18, Read More...

Policy changes and activism render Texas abortion reporting site inactive

Website host GoDaddy has taken down Texas Right to Life’s abortion whistleblowing website for violating its terms of service. GoDaddy specifically cites Section 5.2, which states “You will not collect or harvest (or permit anyone else to collect or harvest) any User Content (as defined below) Read More...

Dating apps provide support for employees affected by Texas abortion law

The biggest names in US dating apps reacted to Texas’ new restrictive abortion laws that went into effect this past week by creating relief funds for those who will now have to seek medical care outside of the state. Austin-based Bumble extended their relief fund to anyone seeking abortions Read More...