June 11, 2021

Weekend reads: The next big fashion frontier? 'Healthware.'

Daily Briefing

    An explanation for why headlights seem so much brighter nowadays, tips on how to address work-related mental health concerns, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    What should you do when your job affects your mental health? Americans by and large feel mentally exhausted from work, according to a survey from Mental Health America—but what can you do if you feel like your job is affecting your mental health? Writing for the New York Times, Christina Caron outlines the signs to look for that suggest your job might be affecting your mental health, as well as the steps you can take to address it.

    Do headlights seem brighter to you? You're not alone. Advancements in lighting technology has given rise to brighter headlights, and the increased popularity of SUVs and trucks—whose headlights sit higher than do those of other types of vehicles—means headlights often seem almost blindingly bright to other drivers on the road. Writing for the New York Times, Christopher Mele details how lighting technology has changed, why headlights seem so much brighter now, and how the problem can be addressed.

    Marcelle Maginnis' reads:

    The challenges Black women face pursing medicine—and how we can do better. Writing for the Washington Post, Andria Tatem, a pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital and incoming professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, shares her experience acquiring a medical degree as a Black American woman. Taten describes the challenges she faced as a "a poor Black girl—and later, a Black woman—[that] would threaten to derail [her] at every turn," as well as the continued obstacles facing so many of her Black peers in medicine today. Despite those challenges, however, Taten notes that her patients and mentees are better off because of her success, adding, "We must make the road I've traveled easier so that others will be better for it, too."

    'Healthware' is getting a makeover. Writing for the New York Times, Vanessa Friedman spotlights a growing trend to reposition "'healthware'" clothing as the "Next Great Fashion Frontier." Friedman writes about the success of FIGS, a scrubs brand "pitched as the Lululemon of medical clothing"; Jaanuu, another fashion-forward scrubs brand; Koi, the "scrubs 'wellness' brand" that partnered with fashion designer Betsy Johnson; and more.

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