July232012

Dead Blog

Well, I have not been updating and honestly don’t foresee any regular updating in the future, so I’m going to call this blog dead. But, that’s alright, I got to share some interesting things and hopefully somebody got something out of this.

June292012

fyeahanatomy:

First MRI birth video reveals what childbirth looks like from the inside

(CBS News) Recently released video of a woman giving birth is providing people with their first look at what childbirth looks like from the inside.

Using an cinematical MRI, which takes multiple images of the same body part and then stitches them together to create a movie, German scientists at the Charite University Hospital in Berlin were able to create the first film to show what the interior of the birthing process looks like.

While images of the birth and the study were previously published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the birth occurred in November 2011, the video wasn’t available for public viewing until today.

Because researchers used an MRI, which is not known to omit ionizing radiation, there was not the same radiation risk for the mother or fetus compared with other scans.

NewScientist reports that the video will give researchers more information about the fetus as it travels through the birth canal. It shows the fetus’ location in regards to the pelvis, and can help doctors learn more about how to deliver and manage labor. For example, videos like this may be able to show doctors when a fetus will need to be delivered by cesarean delivery well before it may be too late. Researchers also hope that this method can be used to make real-time videos that can instruct others through virtual reality about safe birthing methods.

(via humananatomyfacts)

June232012

I’ve been reading

a blog called barfblog, written by Kansas State University professors. As the title implies, it is focused heavily on food safety. It also includes a bit of the science behind it, including but not limited to microbiology, medicine, and environmental health. In addition to the science, there is a bit on policy as well. It’s quite interesting, go take a look at it.

June62012

On Centrists and Moderates

So, today I read this:

And in many ways they’re worse than Republicans, because at least with a Republican one knows what one is dealing with, and one can fight them toe-to-toe. But the pearl-clutching centrist, on the other hand, is actually worse: they’re the ones who actively marginalize the champions of the dispossessed and allow the rapacious Right to continue its pillage unimpeded while calling for greater civility from the victims.


It sounded familiar,

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

May272012

Doomed Government Program Finds Contaminated Spinach

The discovery of Salmonella in bagged organic baby spinach that led to a nationwide recall Tuesday has been attributed to a small government testing program that, ironically, is set to be eliminated in the 2013 federal budget plan. 

The Microbiological Data Program, a network of 11 labs that screen fresh produce for pathogens, discovered the contamination during routine testing, according to a program employee. The program, also known as MDP, has been fighting to survive for years as the produce industry has lobbied to have it eliminated.
So, we have a pretty cheap program which employs people throughout the country and it actually improves quality of life for Americans. Sounds like the perfect thing to destroy. Fuck this bullshit and fuck the produce industry. I’ve worked in produce quality control and it’s pretty awful. There simply is not enough regulation to ensure it really is safe to consume.
May262012
7PM
drfrankscali:

“Dan’s Dissection” watercolor 14x19
Danny Quirk is a good friend of mine and we work together on illustrations for my publications. You may be familiar with his “self dissections” but this is his newest illustration depicting a diabetic with insulin pump. I spoke with him earlier and he gave me permission to attach this to my tumblr account as he does not have one. This image is copyrighted by Danny Quirk and I had permission to post directly from him. Please reblog. -Dr. Frank Scali
Danny’s Illustration page on facebook
Dr. Frank Scali’s Medical Illustration page on facebook

This is a fantastic image.

drfrankscali:

“Dan’s Dissection” watercolor 14x19

Danny Quirk is a good friend of mine and we work together on illustrations for my publications. You may be familiar with his “self dissections” but this is his newest illustration depicting a diabetic with insulin pump. I spoke with him earlier and he gave me permission to attach this to my tumblr account as he does not have one. This image is copyrighted by Danny Quirk and I had permission to post directly from him. Please reblog. -Dr. Frank Scali

Danny’s Illustration page on facebook

Dr. Frank Scali’s Medical Illustration page on facebook

This is a fantastic image.

May182012

stfuconservatives:

christiantheatheist:

atheistoverdose:

My good deed for the day.

I fucking hate anti-vaxers.

Fantastic reply.

“They also contain the influenza virus itself”

YOU DON’T SAY!

OK, if you’re a grown-up who doesn’t understand how vaccines work, you don’t deserve to have any. And you certainly shouldn’t be warning people about them.

-Jess

Oh no, those fuckers still need them. I don’t care about their health, but herd immunity is a vital component of vaccination. If I had my way, there would only be medical exemptions for vaccines.

Also, the mercury in vaccines isn’t elemental mercury and it isn’t the mercury which causes advisories for eating fish (methylmercury and ethylmercury). This is like saying that table sugar and rubbing alcohol are the same thing because they’re both carbon or saying that water is explosive because it’s hydrogen.

(via stfuconservatives)

May162012

Some Food Safety Things

Okay, I am currently working in food safety and have done so in the past so I like to tell myself I am qualified to talk about it. In this case, I’m going to talk about some things that people really need to do when eating out or preparing their meals at home so they can avoid getting sick.

In semi-random order:

  1. Wash your hands. This one is not in random order, this is the absolute most important thing. Wash them with soap and lather your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing off the soap.  When you are going to eat your meal, wash your hands or at least sanitize them with alcohol. Other important times to wash them are before touching ready to eat (RTE) food or after touching raw meat. Raw does not mean dripping wet, it means uncooked, the ground beef in your freezer still counts as raw and you can get just as sick from it frozen as you can from the juices it will eventually drip.
  2. Very much related to washing your hands is cleaning food contact surfaces. For instance, use clean silverware and plates or bowls or whatever is appropriate. Do not touch them with dirty hands, especially if you are touching a part of it which will come in contact with any food. Other surfaces may include a counter top or a cutting board. If anything which touches RTE food comes in contact with a non-sanitized surface, wash it.
  3. Allergens may be important if you are preparing something for somebody with a food allergy. If you lice with this person, it’s easiest to just keep the food out of the house. If this person is a guest, clean your kitchen well and if you make food containing the allergen, make it after you made everything else and keep it separated. Personally, I wouldn’t use the allergen at all, too great of a risk of contamination.
  4. Cook all meat to its recommended temperature. Do it. Cooking is a kill step, which destroys harmful microorganisms, but it only works if it is cooked long enough
  5. Unless you have bought pre-washed produce (the bag will tell you) rinse it with water. It doesn’t matter if it is conventionally farmed or organically farmed either.
May152012
harpnotes:

bioslut:

stfuconservatives:

From a friend’s FB wall. Hehe. -Jess

I don’t think so. He has taken the position that it is for the states to decide. This is not pro-gay, this is not advocacy. This is useless.

You know what? It’s better than the Bush people actively trying to get rid of gay marriage. Seriously, I’m sick of all of this bitching and moaning if things aren’t perfect. I’m sorry, but do you really  in your heart of hearts think that a person who said “Guess what, America? We;re gonna have some REAL equality starting NOW!” and proposed a bunch of insta-changes would stand a chance to get elected? No. We have to go slowly at first and applaud when people do good things, and most of all, we have to be patient. Whining about how “this is useless BAW I want national gender neutral bathrooms in every McDonalds NOWNOWNOW” is going to get you nothing but disappointed. Recognize baby steps. And for love’s sake, stop bitching out people who are actually on our side! P.S: I realize that some people honestly just want to complain and be angry about something. I respect that. If you are having your own private “I’m being negative” time (which we all want sometimes) then I retract my statement.

People who won’t vote for Obama based on full support for gay marriage won’t vote for him no matter what. Your criticism is stupid and makes you look like a disingenuous liberal. The state’s rights argument is toxic and is no less toxic coming from a Democrat.

harpnotes:

bioslut:

stfuconservatives:

From a friend’s FB wall. Hehe. -Jess

I don’t think so. He has taken the position that it is for the states to decide. This is not pro-gay, this is not advocacy. This is useless.

You know what? It’s better than the Bush people actively trying to get rid of gay marriage. Seriously, I’m sick of all of this bitching and moaning if things aren’t perfect.

I’m sorry, but do you really in your heart of hearts think that a person who said “Guess what, America? We;re gonna have some REAL equality starting NOW!” and proposed a bunch of insta-changes would stand a chance to get elected? No. We have to go slowly at first and applaud when people do good things, and most of all, we have to be patient. Whining about how “this is useless BAW I want national gender neutral bathrooms in every McDonalds NOWNOWNOW” is going to get you nothing but disappointed. Recognize baby steps.

And for love’s sake, stop bitching out people who are actually on our side!

P.S: I realize that some people honestly just want to complain and be angry about something. I respect that. If you are having your own private “I’m being negative” time (which we all want sometimes) then I retract my statement.

People who won’t vote for Obama based on full support for gay marriage won’t vote for him no matter what. Your criticism is stupid and makes you look like a disingenuous liberal. The state’s rights argument is toxic and is no less toxic coming from a Democrat.

(Source: stfuconservatives)

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