August 25, 2014

Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades Is Associated with Health Risks in Adolescent and Young Adult Fiction

(Journal of Women’s Health) – No prior study has empirically characterized the association between health risks and reading popular fiction depicting violence against women. Fifty Shades—a blockbuster fiction series—depicts pervasive violence against women, perpetuating a broader social narrative that normalizes … Read More

August 25, 2014

Cincinnati Archdiocese Freezes Catholic School Donations to Ice Bucket Challenge Charity

(Washington Post) – The Cincinnati Archdiocese has warned Catholic school principals against donating to the ALS Association due to concerns that the money could wind up funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati … Read More

August 18, 2014

A Clash of Religion and Bioethics Complicates Organ Donation in Israel

(New York Times) – The sages could not have anticipated that their writings would provide the underpinnings for cultural resistance to organ donation from the deceased in 21st-century Israel. But their definition of mortality, which can conflict with modern acceptance … Read More

August 14, 2014

The Death of Robin Williams Prompts a Grassroots Conversation about Mental Health

(Washington Post) – Williams’s media agent said he had “severe depression,” but he hadn’t been so public about possible mental health struggles. Williams had been open about his experience with substance abuse, including cocaine-fueled hallucinations that he recounted in his 1986 one-man show. His … Read More

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