Investors Show Interest In Addiction Treatment, Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood: Weekly Roundup
Why are men who have sex with men barred from donating blood? And are straight couples of the future going to have a better alternative to making babies in the bedroom? Plus: finding profitability in addiction treatment, making theme parks autism-friendly, and learning to use robotic legs (well, sort of).
A lifelong ban on blood donation by gay men was lifted in December, but any man who has had sex with a man in the past year is still excluded. Does it make sense as a measure to protect the blood supply from HIV, or is it unfair? PRI's The World reports.
Private equity investors are buying up addiction treatment centers and consolidating them into larger companies. But do the less profitable aspects of treatment get lost in the deals? NPR has this intriguing story.
Planning a trip to a theme park this summer? If you have a child on the autism spectrum, it can be an ordeal. Some parks are working with autism advocacy groups to design quiet spaces, special experiences, and other ways to help parents plan a fun day. WFME has more.
It sounds like a cyborg walking across the room. But it's just Rick Batty, who is paraplegic, trying out his new robotic device. Batty hopes to pave the way for others to reduce the issues that come with day-long sitting. Wisconsin Public Radio has the story. Make sure to hit the play button to hear the cool robotic sounds!
Bioethicist Hank Greely thinks that coming advances will make in vitro fertilization much cheaper and easier. He says offering it for free would be a great move for public health. (Obviously, the technology has the potential to increase health disparities, too.) Read the interview from KQED's Future of You blog.