Medical Abortion and Emergency Contraception: What's the Difference?

Medical Abortion and Emergency Contraception: What’s the Difference?

Pharmaceutical options for both emergency contraception and abortion are available to those who can get pregnant. In this episode we take a look at the availability of these medications, how they work, and the differences between them. Related HCT episodes:…

Monkeypox: What is It and Who is at Risk?

Monkeypox: What is It and Who is at Risk?

All this news about the Monkeypox virus as we’re still trying to grapple with Covid. What is Monkeypox, how is it treated, and who is at risk? Related HCT episodes: Vaccines: Past Present and Future: Images and Footage kunstbada/Creatas Video+…

Can Weighted Blankets Help Insomnia?

Can Weighted Blankets Help Insomnia?

This video was sponsored by 80,000 Hours. Head to to be sent a free copy of their in-depth career guide and sign up for their newsletter. Insomnia is terrible, and it can be more prevalent among individuals with other psychiatric…

Covid Vaccine for Kids is Safe and Effective

Covid Vaccine for Kids is Safe and Effective

The day has finally come: We have covid vaccines for kids under five. There are lots of questions and a few concerns. Let’s address them! Images and footage FatCamera/Getty Images ozgurkankaya/Getty Images Related HCT episodes: Should You Get a Covid…

What's the Research on Abortion Access and Public Health?

What’s the Research on Abortion Access and Public Health?

Health policies, including those related to abortion, should be guided by data. So what do the data have to say about restricting abortion access? How might it impact public health in the United States and what are some of the…

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Gun violence is a public health problem, but we don’t approach it like one. The debate often gets framed as “guns or no guns” when it isn’t that black and white. In this episode we break down how and why…

100% Remission Rate in Cancer Drug Study is Unprecedented

100% Remission Rate in Cancer Drug Study is Unprecedented

This video was sponsored by 80,000 Hours. Head to to be sent a free copy of their in-depth career guide and sign up for their newsletter. Recently, a small trial of a drug for colorectal cancer saw a 100% remission…

Just Because a Drug is FDA Approved Doesn't Mean it Works

Just Because a Drug is FDA Approved Doesn’t Mean it Works

The drug approval process in the United States is complicated. There are many stakeholders and varying agendas when bringing a drug to market, and profit motives often are as big a factor as helping patients. The loopholes and shortcuts in…

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Not All Drugs Get Approved the Same Way: Exceptions to FDA Rules

Not All Drugs Get Approved the Same Way: Exceptions to FDA Rules

All drugs have to follow the same path to approval at the US Food and Drug Administration, except when they don’t. Today, with the support of NIHCM, we’re learning about the exceptions to the rules that can happen when drugs…