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Girls need to learn that a period is natural, not shameful

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In her new book, “Period. End of Sentence.” (Scribner, 2021), New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Anita Diamant sheds light on the ways in which menstrual injustice threatens the education, health, and dignity of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk just came out as having Asperger’s syndrome. Here’s a primer on the issues with that now-defunct disorder label.

Elon Musk at a SpaceX press conference, image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On Saturday Night Live this week, Telsa CEO and Grimes’ paramour Elon Musk came out as having Asperger’s syndrome. During his opening monologue, Musk joked that he was the first-ever SNL host to have the disorder — or at least the first to admit to having it openly.


A message from the president of Morehouse School of Medicine

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“I can’t breathe…”


Body Mass Index has been used in recent decades as a referendum on individual health. But it was never meant to be.

A woman checking her weight on a scale.
A woman checking her weight on a scale.
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I walk out of the doctor’s office, swiftly folding my after-visit summary packet and tucking it under my arm. If I don’t, the strangers in the waiting room will see its bold lettering in an oversized pull-out box on the first page. BMI: 47. Super morbidly obese.

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