Currently Creasing: Week of August 5
Here’s what our team has for you to bookmark & read this week
Small Towns Fear They Are Unprepared For Future Climate-Driven Flooding: The central U.S. just experienced the most widespread river flooding ever recorded there. Flood defenses in major cities largely performed well, but many smaller communities were simply overwhelmed.
'I Lost Everything': The Obscene Cost of Being a Woman with a Chronic Health Problem: Medical debt hounds some people more than others.
Nearly 50% Of New Mothers In U.S. Prescribed Opioids During Last Decade, Study Finds: The strongest risk for new and persistent opioid use among new mothers was being prescribed an opioid before delivery.
How Bernie Sanders Changed the Health-care Debate: The longtime push for Medicare for All and building universal healthcare at last.
The Truth About Painkiller Addiction: Amid an opioid crisis, authorities overestimated the danger of prescription painkillers—while doing too little to identify patients at risk of addiction.
The Toxic Allure of Marianne Williamson's Health-Based Politics: The self-help guru is anti-science, fat-phobic and -shaming, and has written in a book that AIDS is a psychic manifestation.
Can Psychiatry Heal Itself? A Harvard historian urges psychiatrists to focus less on making money and more on helping patients.
Coming To America: Our Best Student Podcasts About Immigration: The NPR Student Podcast Challenge received dozens of submissions about immigration. The student podcasters shared their stories of hope, struggle and success.