Author: Emma Yasinski

Emma Yasinski

I am a freelance science and medical journalist, fascinated by how the scientific process leads to incredible discoveries, but also can lead to publication bias leaning toward positive findings and minimizing negatives. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College and a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, I’ve written about clinical trial transparency, organ donation, and basic molecular biology for publications like The Scientist, The Atlantic, Undark.org, Kaiser Health News, and more. At MedShadow, I research and write about the sometimes unexpected ways that medicines can affect us, and what we can do if and when it does.

Does a person’s higher weight impact how effective a recommended drug dosage may be? Researchers found, for example, that common versions of Plan B (levonorgestrel), the morning after emergency contraceptive pill, was less effective in women who weighed more than 165 pounds, and not effective at all for those over 175. Last year, that fact caught a wave on social media after TikToker @anadelrey.xo shared a video suggesting that anyone over 150 to 155 pounds should take two pills instead of one. Note: Specialists do not recommend taking two pills. Instead, they suggest the alternative medicine Ella (ulipristal).  @anadelrey.xo Reply…

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