The Weekly Pulse: Red States See COVID Surge; 20 Dead in Miami Condo Collapse; WHO Advises Masks to Fight Delta Variant Spread

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: Bill Cosby’s release sent shockwaves, the Helms Amendment is excluded from 2022 bill, and areas with low vaccination rates face an influx of COVID cases.

Advancing Solutions to End Hunger Among Military Families and Veterans

Military families face unique financial challenges and are thus vulnerable to food insecurity. This is felt acutely among women veterans, veterans of color and military spouses, who are typically women.

Not only has hunger among military families and veterans been a problem for years—rising to new heights during the pandemic—policymakers have repeatedly failed to take even the most basic action to respond to it.

Two-Thirds of Alzheimer’s Patients Are Women, and Many Go Undiagnosed. Illinois Legislation Aims to Help Patients and Their Caregivers

45 percent of people living with Alzheimer’s do not receive a diagnosis until it’s too late. Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and her mom Velma Wiggins know this story all too well. Groundbreaking legislation out of Illinois would require most health care professionals to receive one hour of training every three years to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s-related dementia.

Restrictive Laws Don’t Prevent Abortion

Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.

With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.

The Weekly Pulse: Delta Variant Arrives in U.S.; Naomi Osaka Speaks Out on Mental Health; VA to Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery

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: The Department of Veterans Affairs moves to provide gender confirmation surgery through its health care coverage; the U.S. Conference of Bishops plans to withhold communion from Biden due to his stance on abortion; two Americas emerge as the Delta variant spreads; a new study suggests there is no cure for aging; and more.