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Influencers extoll the benefits of drinking raw milk over pasteurized milk, but there isn’t substantive evidence to support these claims. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Raw milk health risks significantly outweigh any potential benefits − food scientists and nutritionists explain why

Raw milk has always carried the risk of serious illness, and this risk has only risen with bird flu spreading across dairy farms in the US.
Rates of syphilis and gonorrhea have risen significantly among Philadelphians age 15-24 over the past five years. Dusan Stankovic/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Philly has highest STI rates in the country – improving sex ed in schools and access to at-home testing could lower rates

Syphilis cases have increased 30% among 15- to 24-year-olds in Philadelphia since 2019, while cases of gonorrhea are up 18%. Chlamydia cases have decreased but remain high.
Young people in the U.S. are growing up in a very different world today than before the fall of Roe. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Abortion bans are changing what it means to be young in America

The 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned 50 years of abortion rights is affecting where young people choose to go to college, to work and to live, as well as the way they vote.
Oral nicotine pouches and related ‘snus’ tobacco pouches are marketed as cigarette alternatives. Andrii Atanov/iStock via Getty Images

Oral nicotine pouches deliver lower levels of toxic substances than smoking – but that doesn’t mean they’re safe

While manufacturers say they are marketing oral nicotine pouches as a safer alternative for people who already smoke, nonsmokers and young people are being drawn to them, a large-scale study found.
Activists on both sides of the abortion battle are gearing up for it to be a major issue in the 2024 election. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Supreme Court unanimously concludes that anti-abortion groups have no standing to challenge access to mifepristone – but the drug likely faces more court challenges

The opinion did not take on the substance of the plaintiffs’ claims against mifepristone, and the abortion pill is already facing other challenges.
Actor Halle Berry, standing in front of U.S. senators, proclaims that she’s in menopause. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Menopause treatments can help with hot flashes and other symptoms – but many people aren’t aware of the latest advances

The number of patients prescribed hormonal therapy plummeted after 2002, due to findings experts have since questioned. With better understanding, more and more people are using these treatments.
AI knowledge combined with gene-editing precision opens the way to dial-a-protein. KTSFotos/Moment via Getty Images

AI plus gene editing promises to shift biotech into high gear

AI has learned the ins and outs of proteins. Gene editing gives scientists control of life’s molecular machinery. Together they could lead to a revolution in biotechnology.