Last week, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that a clinical trial of a hormonal birth control shot for men was effective but was terminated early, CNN reports.

The men who participated in the study were injected with synthetic testosterone and a derivative of other synthetic hormones, which were intended to inhibit the participants' own testosterone, and therefore sperm, production. While the study revealed that this method was effective in preventing pregnancy, some of its participants reported experiencing depression and other mood disorders, causing the researchers to stop the trial early. This story comes as unrelated findings about the correlation between hormonal birth control and depression in women have gained media attention.

10 Innovations that Could Transform Health Care in 2017

Harnessing the microbiome — “the gut bacteria swarming in all of us” — to prevent, diagnose and treat disease tops the Cleveland Clinic’s list of 10 medical innovations most likely to be game changers next year. The list, compiled by a panel of physicians and researchers, also predicts “a complete shift in the lineup of medicines prescribed for diabetes patients” to target not only Type 2 diabetes, but also its deadly comorbidities like cardiovascular disease. Click here for the full list.

States Grapple with Dangerous New Synthetic Opioid

Just when hospitals seem to be getting a hold on the deadly opioid epidemic that’s killing dozens of Americans every day, a new wrinkle emerges. The latest happens to be a legal synthetic opioid called U-47700, often referred to as “pink” or “pinky,” CNN reports. The drug, which is eight times stronger than morphine, is being sold on the black market, sometimes disguised as less harmful opioids such as oxycodone. Thus far, it’s already killed several individuals in states including New Hampshire, North Carolina and Texas. In Florida, where pink has already killed at least eight people, the attorney general recently signed an emergency order to outlaw the drug, and other states such as New York and Rhode Island are also eyeing similar bans, CNN reports.


The Chicago-based Weekly Reading team — mostly Cubs fans — had a blast watching the game Wednesday, as well as seeing what our health care Twitter feed had to say about the game. And we'd like to send a tip of the cap to the hard-as-nails Cleveland Indians. Great game and great series, Chicago and Cleveland.