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Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones. Zentangle/Shutterstock.com

Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too

You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Around 10 states in the U.S. have hit over 120 degrees Fahrenheit on their hottest days this year. VladisChern/Shutterstock.com

Pregnant women have a higher risk of delivering early on unseasonably hot days

More places around the world are experiencing days with record high temperatures. These prolonged hot spells may have unanticipated impacts on pregnant women, triggering early deliveries.
Tens of millions of people worldwide suffer from migraines, according to the World Health Organization. Maridav/Shutterstock.com

How does a piece of bread cause a migraine?

Many migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods. Recently, a lot of attention has focused on gluten. An expert explains how a piece of bread can cause pain in your head.
James Young Simpson’s Caesarian forceps, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Stephencdickson/Wikipedia

How forceps permanently changed the way humans are born

Childbirth used to be a terrifying ordeal. But women were surrounded by others – mothers, aunts, sisters – who brought love and experience. But midway through the 19th century, this changed.
Our systematic review found that sexual minority women experience worse treatment in the healthcare system. Roman Kosolapov/ Shutterstock

Sexual minority women face barriers to health care

Health services are routinely falling short when it comes to providing care to lesbian, bisexual, trans and other sexual minority women.

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