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Breanna Steward defends against a Serbian shooter as the U.S. advances to Sunday's gold medal game. Photo: ina Fried

Tokyo -- The U.S. women's basketball squad took an early lead and coasted past Serbia 79-59 on Friday, advancing to Sunday's gold medal game.

Why it matters: The U.S. women will look to capture their seventh straight gold medal when they play the winner of tonight's matchup between France and Japan.

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Oct 9, 2021 - Health

A generational shift on women's health

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

When it comes to women's health, Americans — and the advertisers that market to them — are getting blunter.

What's happening: Women's health is undergoing a generational cultural change. Younger women talk more openly about their periods and sexual health concerns — and more companies are marketing to them with messages that women only whispered about a few years ago.

Medicine's trust problem among women

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The lingering legacy of clinical trials failing to include women as participants, combined with frequent gaslighting by doctors and a general lack of research on women's bodies, has led many to mistrust medicine.

Why it matters: This mistrust plus a constant barrage of misinformation can influence women's health decisions, including deciding not to follow recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.