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Public Speakers, Use the Damn Microphone Public Speakers, Use the Damn Microphone

“Can everyone hear me okay without this?” say the worst public speakers when they step up to the stage. If three people in the front row say yes, off goes the microphone. And then anybody who is hard of hearing (or listening remotely, or sitting in the back of the room) can’t hear you. Use the damn mic, you jerk.

All About Hepatitis A, The Reason San Diego Is Bleaching Its Streets All About Hepatitis A, The Reason San Diego Is Bleaching Its Streets

In San Diego, 16 people have died from Hepatitis A in the last few months and over 400 have contracted the disease. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver, and it spreads fairly easily in the right circumstances. Here’s what you need to know.

What You Need to Know About the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill (aka Zombie Trumpcare) What You Need to Know About the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill (aka Zombie Trumpcare)

The fight to repeal Obamacare on only Republican votes will end when September does, thanks to a budget deadline. Like any good drama, it’s got us on the edge of our seat right up until the grand finale. The current villain (or hero?), the Graham-Cassidy bill, is gaining steam and may have a chance of passing. Here’s…

What Doctors Want Kids (and Parents) to Know About Getting Tattoos What Doctors Want Kids (and Parents) to Know About Getting Tattoos

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidance on safe tattoos, piercings, and scarification for young people. They aren’t saying not to get tattoos—kids still have to ask Mom or Dad about that in most states, anyway. But they have some advice if you’re thinking about it.

Why Scientists Seem Like They’re Always Changing Their Minds Why Scientists Seem Like They’re Always Changing Their Minds

Is coffee good or bad for us this week? Butter is still okay, right? Are we in a “diet coke will kill you” or a “diet coke is fine” cycle? It can be hard to keep track. But headlines don’t tell the full story. Behind the scenes, scientists aren’t constantly disagreeing and flip-flopping.

Cannabis May Make Your Insomnia Worse, Not Better Cannabis May Make Your Insomnia Worse, Not Better

Marijuana helps many people fall asleep, but that short-term benefit doesn’t always translate to long-term use. A new study backs up the idea that you may not get a great night’s sleep if you use cannabis every day.

Where to Find More Diverse Stock Photos Where to Find More Diverse Stock Photos

It’s easy to find stock photos of slim white people doing stereotypical activities—women laughing alone with salad and that sort of thing. If that’s not what you’re looking for, may we suggest some of these sites that break the mold?

There’s a New Obamacare Repeal Bill in Town (but Hopefully Not for Long) There’s a New Obamacare Repeal Bill in Town (but Hopefully Not for Long)

Republicans in Congress have to pass their repeal of the Affordable Care Act by September 30, or else it’s not going to happen. That means Zombie Trumpcare has risen again, and at least a few lawmakers think it has a chance. Take a look at what’s in this bill, because you might want to make a few phone calls.

How to Get Up the Nerve to Go to Your First Yoga Class How to Get Up the Nerve to Go to Your First Yoga Class

If you’ve never done yoga, it looks intimidating. People are flexible, fit, trendily dressed—wait, I might be thinking of Lululemon ads rather than actual yoga classes. It turns out you can have a great experience at a yoga class even when you’re brand new, and we asked yoga instructors how.

How to Skim a Textbook When You Don’t Have Time to Read How to Skim a Textbook When You Don’t Have Time to Read

I’ve been both a student and an instructor, and I totally get it. Textbooks are dry and hard to read. But if you don’t have time to read the whole chapter like you’re supposed to, there is actually a better solution than just glazing your eyes over the first paragraph a few times.

How to Convince Your Kids Not to Trust the Five Second Rule

There’s no magic force field that holds back germs while you shout “five-second rule!” and scoop up your dropped bologna. Duh, right? Here’s how you can prove it.

How to Take Charge of Your Health Care as an Adult How to Take Charge of Your Health Care as an Adult

The first time you have to make a doctor’s appointment for yourself can make you wish for the days—perhaps not long ago—when Mom or Dad did all this for you. And if you’re the parent in this scenario, it might be hard to step back. Here’s a guide to help young adults take charge of their health care.

The Most Exciting Moments of Apple’s Event, as Told By Viewers’ Heart Rates The Most Exciting Moments of Apple’s Event, as Told By Viewers’ Heart Rates

The heart rate monitoring features of the Apple Watch got a shout-out at yesterday’s event: the new watch will monitor more heartbeat-related metrics and Apple will partner with AmWell and Stanford for a medical study. But at the same time, heart rate app Cardiogram was quietly tracking how users reacted to the day’s…

There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill.

iOS/Android: Headspace, the meditation app, now has adjustable-length daily meditations that each are available for 24 hours and then they’re gone. They’re great if you’ve run out of standard meditations that interest you, or just want a change of pace. Free users get three free ones; paid users can listen every day.

How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media

Social media is a firehose of bullshit, because it’s a firehose of everything. Essential oils cure all diseases! Sharks are swimming on Houston’s freeways! Okay, not really. Here’s why we see so much garbage on social media and what to do about it.

Peanut Packets Possibly Prevent Peanut Allergies—As Does Peanut Butter, Probably Peanut Packets Possibly Prevent Peanut Allergies—As Does Peanut Butter, Probably

Feeding a baby small amounts of peanuts may reduce their chances of developing a peanut allergy. The FDA recently announced that peanut-containing foods can trumpet this claim on their labels, and you’ll see it soon on an odd product called Hello Peanut.

A Dishwasher Will Not Keep Your Valuables Safe in a Hurricane A Dishwasher Will Not Keep Your Valuables Safe in a Hurricane

There’s a lot of hurricane preparedness advice flying around, including one tip to store your valuables in your dishwasher because dishwashers are waterproof. Don’t do it.

This Tool Shows How Far You Would Have to Drive to Reach Your Nearest Abortion Clinic This Tool Shows How Far You Would Have to Drive to Reach Your Nearest Abortion Clinic

You can get the rest of your health care at any hospital or clinic in town, but a variety of laws and issues mean abortion care is much harder to access. The Pudding has a new tool that shows just how far away you would have to go, depending on where you are in your pregnancy and where you live.

The Condom "Facts" Taught in Many Schools Are All Wrong The Condom "Facts" Taught in Many Schools Are All Wrong

Friends, you’ve been lied to. I mean, probably in many ways, but especially if you had any kind of sex-negative health classes. Today we’re going to set the record straight on all the false and misleading “facts” you may have learned about condoms.

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