News Above the Noise—Week of February 4, 2024
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1. 5 Takeaways From the Social Media CEO Hearing
On Wednesday, chief executives of Meta, TikTok, Snap, Discord, and X were grilled by Congress in a hearing that got emotional at times. There were accusations, tears, and rants. So, what were the main takeaways? Click here to find out.
2. The Broken Promises of the NFL Concussion Settlements
A deal that was considered a “landmark” promised payouts for players diagnosed with dementia and suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a brain disease linked to football. Yet a Washington Post investigation found strict guidelines, aggressive reviews, and a languishing doctors network have led to denials for hundreds of players who should qualify for settlements. To read this eye-opening investigative piece, click here.
3. Why Are 4 Out of 5 Autoimmune Patients Women?
For years, scientists have been trying to get to the bottom of a biological mystery: Why do women account for a staggering 80 percent of the people afflicted with autoimmune diseases? This week, an international team of scientists presented new evidence that a molecule called Xist—found only in women—is a major culprit in autoimmune diseases. For more on this groundbreaking research and what it means for women’s health, click here.
4. How to Exercise When It Feels Impossible
If you made a resolution to exercise more in 2024—and have already fallen off the wagon due to any number of excuses—join the club. We’ve all faced the mental blocks that keep us from making our workout goals a reality. But if you’re looking to cut through the excuses and get back on the wagon, click here.