When it comes to abortion rights, Ohio is the new Kansas

Ohio voters — in a rare election in August — voted in unexpectedly large numbers against a ballot measure that would have made it harder to get a constitutional abortion-rights amendment on the ballot in November. The election came almost to the day after voters in Kansas also stunned observers by supporting abortion rights in … Read more

Could Weight Loss Drugs Curb Addiction: Your Health, Fast, Episode 12

Tanya Lewis: Hello, this is Your Health, Quickly, a podcast series from Scientific American! Josh Fischman: We’re highlighting the latest major health news: discoveries impacting your body and mind. Lewis: And we break down medical research to help you stay healthy. I’m Tanya Lewis. Fishman: I’m Josh Fischman. Lewis: We are Scientific American’s senior health … Read more

How my brother’s death changed my attitude towards mental health care

My siblings and I didn’t grow up in a typical “nuclear family” – our family tree did a lot from branches. For the purposes of this story, you need to know that my father married my stepmother when I was a teenager, bringing my stepbrother and stepsister Matthew and Kristina together with my half-sister Natasha … Read more

Digital Health’s H1 funding landscape: Leaner checks, fewer deals, and a smaller investor pool

The digital health sector has entered a new era in terms of funding, now decoupled from the feverish flow of capital in 2020 and 2021. Startups in this space must quickly adapt to a fundraising landscape characterized by smaller check sizes, fewer deals and a smaller cohort of investors, according to a new study report … Read more

“Hope Is Not a Business Model”: Digital Health Fundraising Advice from 2 VCs

In the last year or so, the digital health fundraising landscape has evolved passed From a climate where corporations have had more power (given the extraordinary interest in all things tech) to one where investors have more power. In 2021, this investment space was characterized by inflated valuations and large rounds of funding, but companies … Read more

Artificial Sweeteners, “Possibly Carcinogenic”? Does that mean anything?

In 2016 I gave up Diet Coke. This was no small adjustment. I was born and raised in the Atlanta suburbs, where The Coca-Cola Company has its global headquarters, and I’ve never lived in a house with a Diet-Cola in the fridge all the time. In high school I would have one for breakfast every … Read more

Unapproved drug leads to greater weight loss than Ozempic, Mounjaro, Wegovy

top line A new weight-loss drug from Eli Lilly has shown promising results: Participants in a new study lost an average of 24% of their body weight, the highest percentage of weight loss of any drug in its class. Eli Lilly and Company, headquarters of a pharmaceutical company in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. Cristina Arias Important … Read more

Google, ChatGPT and Pi on The Ultimate 1200 Calorie Weight Loss Plan

Meet your new personal AI companion getty Meet the latest AI companion Pi, a conversational chatbot developed by feisty unicorn startup Inflection AI and founded by ChatGPT maker OpenAI co-founder Reid Hoffman and Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman. The company raised more than $225 million last year to build the world’s largest language model to … Read more