Family & Society
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Political malpractice

Family | California bill would ban surgery on children with sexual abnormalities
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/05/19, 03:22 pm

A bill moving through the California legislature this session would ban surgeries on children born with disorders of sexual development, sometimes called intersex traits, until they are old enough to give informed consent.

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The temple of Fido

Culture | How our worship of animals dehumanizes us
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 3/30/19, 01:55 am

Pets on planes. The stories have become their own sub-genre in journalism.

Consider the 2014 story of US Airways Flight 598, which was en route from Los Angeles to Philadelphia but was diverted to Kansas City because a dog had diarrhea.

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Teens in crisis

Family | Smartphones and social media fuel skyrocketing mental health problems in young people today
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/29/19, 04:12 pm

A new study released this month found that teens and young adults are facing epidemic rates of anxiety and depression, and psychologists fear the effects of technological screens are to blame.

The report, published March 14 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, analyzes more than a decade of data from the National Survey on Drugs and Health, a large representative survey of 600,000 adults and adolescents administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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