medicine

Doctors vs Orgasms

Doctors vs Orgasms

Doctors, hey, can I talk to you for a minute? As a patient? Because I think it’s time we had a chat. See, docs (is it okay if I call you “docs”? I’d like to think we’re all friends here.), I’ve been having some trouble with one of your own. I mean, overall she’s great, but on this one thing, not so much. In November, I walked into her office. “I’m depressed and anxious. November is always a hard m... »

ICYMI: Emmy Noether, Stay-at-Home Dads, and the War on Experts

ICYMI: Emmy Noether, Stay-at-Home Dads, and the War on Experts

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 84: My Damp Collection Mindy examines how oscillations slow to a stop. What it Means to be a Woman in Nerd Culture: The Fake Geek Girl Alice discusses one aspect of what it’s like to be a lady nerd. Mad Art Lab What Can You Tell from a Color-Coded Chromosome? Color-coded cells are beautiful, but they also help expose complicated biology. Emmy Noether... »

Differentiating the Good from the Bad in Stem Cell Research

Differentiating the Good from the Bad in Stem Cell Research

When it comes to stem cell research and treatments, consumers are often considered to be the group most likely to be taken advantage of by snakeoil salesmen. However, having your MD or PhD does not guarantee immunity to the tricks of scam artists, especially in the competitive, financially-motivated world of research publishing. Thankfully, a few organizations and companies are coming up with ways... »

ICYMI: February 3 – February 9 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: February 3 – February 9 on the Skepchick Network

There you are! I’m so glad you made it! You don’t even know what you missed last week. You. Don’t. Even. Know. So I made this list of highlights for you. It’s just one of the many services I provide the only service I provide here at Skepchick. Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Diversity of Eyes Time to prep your rods and cone so you can read all about the different types of e... »

Centrum Silver has Been “Studied”

Centrum Silver has Been “Studied”

I think Superbowl Sunday is the best. You get to hang out with friends, eat and drink things that are really bad for you and focus on one of the things that really defines America as a country. No, not the football. The commercials! Duh. They’re the next best thing to the Puppy Bowl this time of year! I’ve got a background in marketing and communication and so ads are always fascinatin... »

Ask Surly Amy: Allergy Shots

Ask Surly Amy: Allergy Shots

Dear Surly Amy, What’s the scoop on allergy shots? The year I spent on the maintenance dose was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. I just moved to a new state and am pondering whether to start them up again. Are they really the amazing cure-all my allergist seemed to think they were? ~Megan Dear Megan, As you know, I’m not a doctor but I’m still I’m pretty darn su... »

Intention vs. Reality: Why BMI Is Not Just a Tool

Intention vs. Reality: Why BMI Is Not Just a Tool

The new year is upon us. Last night, many people drank to excess, placed too much significance on where their lips were as the clock struck midnight, and woke up with their heads feeling like some epic battlefield of yore. Some of those same people, along with countless others, are at this moment shaking off the hangover and proceeding to attempt weight loss under such euphemisms as “getting... »

“Where Will You Spend Eternity?”: My Experience with Religion at the Doctor’s Office

“Where Will You Spend Eternity?”: My Experience with Religion at the Doctor’s Office

Evangelical Christians have a phenomenon known as the Conversion Story, and these stories are used to illustrate how one used to live an empty life of sin before they prayed a bunch and “found” Jesus. The more gruesome the story, the better the conversion. Similarly, I have a Skeptic Conversion Story about my experiences with religion and how I managed to break free to embrace science ... »

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