U.S. News & World Report — Feds now back morning-after pills for all girls
After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups, upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration says it will comply with a judge’s order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions. The Justice Department on Monday notified U.S. District Judge Edward Korman it will submit a plan for compliance. If he approves it, the department will drop its appeal of his April ruling.
The Atlantic — 95 percent of people don’t wash their hands correctly
If you haven’t consulted with the CDC’s official guide to handwashing recently, you might be surprised to learn, as I was, that they don’t distinguish between using warm or cold water. What is important, they say, is that you use soap, that you scrub well (including the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails) for at least 20 seconds, and that you dry your hands afterwards.
MedPage Today — Heading soccer ball injures brains
Soccer players who repeatedly “head” the ball had changes in brain microstructure and performance on neurocognitive testing, suggesting that this popular maneuver may lead to long-term subconcussive brain injury, researchers reported.
Wall Street Journal — A coffee withdrawal diagnosis
Quitting caffeine is now listed as a mental-health disorder, especially for people who try going cold turkey. Doctors suggest the best ways to break the coffee habit.