Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on marriage, family, and sexuality.

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Will FDA-approved heroin antidote device encourage more drug use?

Health
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/10/14, 10:04 am

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a device last week that can quickly inject a life-saving antidote into people who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids. 

While some say the device, called Evzio, is necessary to save lives, others argue easier access to the antidote will encourage drug use.

An estimated 16,000 people die every year from opioid-related overdoses, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and the number is growing. Opioids include prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as the street drug heroin. 

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Barbie's $2 million Girl Scout patch

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/13/14, 11:55 am

The Girl Scouts are losing brownie points over their partnership with Barbie.

Last week two consumer groups, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream, launched a petition calling on the Girl Scouts to end a promotional partnership with Mattel, saying the Barbie brand encourages the “sexualization” of girls and “idealizes a dangerously impossible body type.”

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Trying to get pregnant? There's an app for that.

Technology
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/27/14, 05:00 pm

A new app is using data technology to help women get pregnant, and crowdfunding their fertility treatment if they don’t.

Glow, a startup launched by PayPal founder Max Levchin, uses fertility-tracking to help couples conceive. The free app allows users to input information about body temperature, ovulation, diet, and other data points. Glow then draws conclusions from its users’ combined data and provides health tips, advice about the best days to get pregnant, and factors that may influence their fertility.

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