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The [Air]Borne Identity

The [Air]Borne Identity

We’ve all seen it lurking on the shelves of our local pharmacies and grocery stores. Airborne; the “get over your cold faster by boosting your immune system with herbs,” Alka-seltzer-esque tablet. It was created in the early 1990s by a 2nd grade teacher in California. I don’t mean to offend the 2nd grade teachers of the world, but why would I take medicine created by someon... »

Offit and Mnookin: Vaccine Science, Realities, and Fears in the Popular Mind

Last Tuesday, I attended an event, sponsored by History of Vaccines, at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – home of the Mutter Museum. Seth Mnookin, contributing editor for Vanity Fair and published author, and Dr. Paul Offit, creator of the Rotavirus vaccine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases for CHOP, spoke about the dangers of not vaccinating and what we can do to ho... »

AI: Birthdays

Today is my birthday. I’ll be at work, but I’m pretty much ok with that. Needless to say I would MUCH rather spend the day at home with my husband and daughter, but I’m beyond the age where I feel I need to do absolutely nothing productive on “MY” day. Instead, I celebrated by getting my driver’s license renewed yesterday, and attending the birthday party of a c... »

Skepchick Quickies, 2.24

Good morning! I’m filling in for Amanda this morning, as she is recovering from a bender (lucky bitch). Researchers convince people they have three arms — then threaten them with a knife. (from our own Felicia, who was actually a participant in the study.) Aspiring female scientists need the help of existing female scientists to succeed. (from James Fox.) Natural Medicine practitioner ... »

AI: Self Worth

I accomplished something awesome recently. I ran 3.1 miles (5K). To those of you who already do that on a regular basis, it may sound petty. However, it’s a big deal to me. It was my goal to be running 5K by March 20, the date of the race I’ll be running in, but I beat my goal by a month. I’ve since done it twice more, which makes me feel like a superhero (lamest superhero ever).... »

AI: Parks & Recreation

I wish it were spring. At the very least, I wish it would stop freaking snowing all the god damn time. The snow and ice are seriously affecting my ability to run outside, and I hate running on a treadmill. I want to go on a picnic. In a park. By a river. Under a flowering tree. I want to take my daughter for walks. And show her how to play on a playground. I want to go swimming. In a pool. Or a la... »

AI: A year of changes

You may have noticed this passed weekend that my daughter, Spencer, turned 1 year old. It was really exciting, and we had a pretty great party at our place in celebration. Today we went to the pediatrician for her 1-year wellness visit, and it got me thinking about how much has changed since last January when she was born. The amount of growth, physical and otherwise, babies go through in the firs... »

AI: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

There’s a lot of whispering going on about what is and is not appropriate in the military. The reasoning behind that is the recent Navy scandal involving Capt. Owen Honors (an ironic name for the situation) and a video containing gay slurs. With the recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, commanding officers need to lead b... »

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