Weekly Pulse: Pandemic Updates and the Potential for Positivity

For The Weekly Pulse, we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition: Pandemic updates as Trump’s unseemly politicking continues, what you should know about wildfires and the air, the repro rundown, and glimmer of hope with pandemic positivity.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Rather than coordinating a coherent, scientifically-based national strategy to combat the global, COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump is hedging his bets solely on the quick release and acceptance of a vaccine. There are lots of questions surrounding the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine, and some warranted concern for what to expect when options come along: How far are we from a vaccine? Will the vaccine be safe and effective? Will I be able to get the vaccine once it’s approved?

Let’s tackle some of the most common ones.

Weekly Pulse, Aug 30-Sep 4: COVID Cases Still “Unacceptably High”—But Can We Trust a Rushed Vaccine?

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week: Trump’s handling of the pandemic remains woefully insufficient; Sen. Cruz is “leading the charge on a Hail Mary plea” against medication abortion; House Dems are looking to challenge Hyde; and your weekly COVID-19 updates.

While Praising the NBA Strike, Don’t Forget How WNBA Players Paved The Way

Headlines last week portrayed NBA players as the activist leaders in the sports world and reduced WNBA players to mere followers of their male counterparts’ actions.

But on the whole, the WNBA has consistently and collectively been on the forefront of social justice issues for years now.

Women’s leadership—particularly Black women’s leadership—in the WNBA is too often left out of headlines about activism in professional sports.

“We know what it was like to stand up, even against public opinion.”

Weekly Pulse, Aug 23-28: Trump COVID Plan Guided By Politics, Not Public Health; Hurricane Laura’s Aftermath

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week: FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn overstates the benefits of the convalescent plasma treatment; CDC silently changes quarantine and testing guidance, against Fauci’s guidance; a five-dollar, 15-minute COVID-19 antigen test; Trump calls for restrictions on medication abortion; ultrasounds required for abortion-seekers in Indiana; less than half of people were taught about birth control; men die due to COVID-19 at a higher rate than women; 463 million children globally are cut off from education due to the pandemic; do video games help cope with the pandemic?; and Hurricane Laura’s aftermath.

Weekly Pulse: Health Care Companies Bank Record-High Profits—Yet Can’t Provide Free COVID Tests

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week: a group of Republicans backed by the White House challenge the ACA (in the middle of a pandemic); health care companies’ profits are through the roof; Texas clinics see a rise in later abortions after Abbott’s coronavirus-era ban; UNC cancelled in-person classes due to an outbreak of coronavirus after one week; updates on herd immunity; are plastic face shields effective?; and more.

“When Women Vote”: Celebrating Protest, Power and Progress

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the suffrage amendment, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened up a new digital exhibit: “Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women” on August 18.

The virtual discussion series is organized around three questions:

How have women’s protests changed history? Why don’t women’s votes put more women in power? And what are today’s women fighting for?