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June 23, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Transgender medicine

-Herd immunity

-Child tax credit

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STORIES:

How gay neighborhoods used the traumas of HIV to help American cities fight coronavirus

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COMMENTARY Having survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gay communities in the US were well equipped to get residents health and social services early in the pandemic, when the government’s COVID-19 response lagged. 968 words. By Daniel Baldwin Hess, University at Buffalo and Alex Bitterman, Alfred State College of Technology, The State University of New York

For flood-prone cities, seawalls raise as many questions as they answer

COMMENTARY Many coastal US cities are contending with increasingly frequent and severe tidal flooding as sea levels rise. Some are considering building seawalls, but this strategy is not simple or cheap. 962 words. By Gary Griggs, University of California, Santa Cruz

Flawed data led to findings of a connection between time spent on devices and mental health problems – new research

COMMENTARY You’re probably wrong about how much time you spend on your devices, and that has big implications for the link between device use and mental health. 1082 words. By Craig J.R. Sewall, University of Pittsburgh

The FDA’s weak drug manufacturing oversight is a potentially deadly problem

COMMENTARY COVID-19 has exacerbated a backlog of domestic and foreign drug manufacturing inspections that the FDA is still too short-staffed to adequately deal with. 1028 words. By Adrian V. Hernandez, University of Connecticut and C. Michael White, University of Connecticut

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Transgender medicine – what care looks like, who seeks it out and what’s still unknown: 3 essential reads

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Across the US, politicians, activists and transgender people are fighting over the right to access transgender medical care. Rarely is the care itself actually discussed. This is that discussion. 1229 words. By

Biden’s goal to permanently boost support for families echoes a failed Nixon proposal from 50 years ago – will it take off this time?

COMMENTARY Starting in July 2021, most US families will get either $250 or $300 from the IRS per child under 18. 1147 words. By Leslie Lenkowsky, IUPUI

How Vladimir Putin uses natural gas to exert Russian influence and punish his enemies

COMMENTARY Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Western Europe – and, by extension, increase Putin’s influence across the continent. That makes Ukraine and some other countries nervous. 928 words. By Lena Surzhko Harned, Penn State

I have city kids make comic books to create a buzz about mosquitoes and ecology

COMMENTARY A hands-on approach to learning about bugs can help students from urban communities take an interest in science. 692 words. By Katherine Richardson Bruna, Iowa State University

Global herd immunity remains out of reach because of inequitable vaccine distribution – 99% of people in poor countries are unvaccinated

COMMENTARY The high costs of the world’s colossally unequal COVID-19 immunization rates. 989 words. By Maria De Jesus, American University School of International Service

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