Weekly Roundup: The Little Pink Pill, The Dentist Comes To School And More
What we're reading this week
Vox reporter Julia Belluz points out that since the drug's earlier rejections by the FDA, it remains ineffective for most women. What has changed, she says, is the marketing.
The White House allocated $2.5 million to help report overdoses, distribute the overdose antidote naloxone, and stop the flow of heroin from Mexico, The Hill reports. But according to an article by Al Jazeera America, public health experts say the initiative doesn't do enough to help addicts recover and prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.
Leaving work to take a kid to the dentist can be tough for low-income parents, so a Kansas school district arranges checkups and cleanings right down the hall, as Side Effects' Andrea Muraskin reports.
Last week the American Heart Association released a statement calling on doctors to consider mood disorders when assessing teens for cardiovascular risk. Side Effects' Jake Harper interviewed the lead author of the study that spurred the statement.
Teens coping with physical and sexual abuse, addicted parents, homelessness and a constant fear of violence are suing their school district in Compton, CA for recognition and help, as NPR reports.