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Serena Williams. (Twitter)
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The Week in Women: A dramatic moment on a beach, wardrobe controversy on the court and free sanitary products in Scotland

By Brigit Katz on August 31, 2018

Grab your charcoal juice, because this week’s recap is all about health — so let’s take a quick look back.

A new study has shown that THC, the primary mind-altering ingredient in marijuana, can be detected in the breast milk of nursing mothers. Researchers analyzed breast milk samples from 50 nursing mothers who were using pot. Small amounts of THC were found in 34 of the samples up to six days after they were submitted. There’s no evidence yet to suggest that small quantities of THC pose any risk to developing fetuses or babies. But just to be safe, Dr. Seth Ammerman, one of the authors of the new study, recommends that pregnant and nursing mothers “cut down or quit” their marijuana use.

Back in May, Serena Williams wore a black catsuit to the French Open, which a) looked cool as hell, and b) helped keep her circulation going after she nearly died of a hematoma after giving birth. But French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis magazine that Williams won’t be able to wear her catsuit again. “I believe we have sometimes gone too far,” he said. “You have to respect the game and the place.” OK, just so we’re clear: We’re all fine with Roger Federer taking his shirt off during a match, but Williams’ full coverage getup is disrespectful? ??????? Serena, of course, found a new way to look cool as hell at the U.S. Open this week. Go girl!

In a world first, Scotland has announced that it will offer free sanitary products to students at all schools, colleges and universities in the country. The Scottish government has dedicated £5.2 million (around $6.7 million) to the initiative, with the goal of combating “period poverty,” a term used to describe the lack of access to sanitary products due to restricted finances. By providing menstrual products specifically to school-age women, officials hope to ensure that students will not have to disrupt their education because they can’t afford to buy pads or tampons. “In a country as rich as Scotland it’s unacceptable that anyone should struggle to buy basic sanitary products,” said Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities & Local Government. “I am proud that Scotland is taking this world-leading action to fight period poverty.”

An anesthesiologist helped save the life of her partner after he collapsed on the beach during their first date. Dr. Andi Traynor and Max Montgomery had just finished surfing in the waters off Capitola Beach in California when Montgomery suffered a heart attack shortly after leaving the water. Traynor performed CPR until paramedics arrived to transport Montgomery to the hospital. You can actually watch the dramatic scene go down, because a bystander accidentally captured it on camera while filming a time-lapse of the beach’s seagulls. Montgomery has made a full recovery, and recently said that the incident was “embarrassing … Who wants to date someone who just had a heart attack?” Well, given recent revelations about the way men comport themselves on a regular basis, we feel confident in saying that having a heart attack is far from the worst thing a guy could do on a date.