- Ending adolescent pregnancy is a noble goal, in and of itself – there are many, many good economic, political, and cultural reasons for doing so. But, according to a new study in The Lancet, one reason is not because it will save mothers’ lives*
- There may be a lot of good reasons to host a major sporting event in your town, but profiting handsomely off of it is not one of them
- Upworthy exec: “On most mainstream media homepages this week, he said, there is probably a story about civil unrest in Egypt. ‘Trust me, that story is probably doing very, very poorly.’” Dear God
- Is it time to get rid of the white coat? The costs of keeping the white coats on are purely theoretical at this point, and the benefits are, well, theoretical too, but a bit easier to believe: patients are comforted by the simple fact that a doctor looks like a doctor (as Radiolab and Project Millennial blogger/doctor-in-training Karan Chhabra have explained)
- Three Republican Senators – Tom Coburn, Orrin Hatch, and Richard Burr – released a repeal-and-replace bill that’s worth understanding – Sarah Kliff and Yuval Levin both have excellent posts on what it would do (though clearly more as a look into a reasonable conservative proposal than as something that could be law anytime soon)
- George Packer with a tone-deaf article railing on new, digital-native journalism models. He sort of has a point – a lot of poor journalism isn’t better than a little excellent journalism (the kind that comes with time, and fact-checkers, and expert editors) – but his vantage point is the New Yorker, which has all of those things in spades and not a smaller publication without fact checking
- What I love about this new fad diet is the modesty of the researchers
*Though you could make the argument that delaying the first birth would lead to fewer pregnancies, which would lead to a lower chance of death. But then again, you could also make the argument that delaying the first birth would push the birth dating back, which theoretically could put more mothers at risk if they give birth well into their late 30s or 40s. Things are complicated.