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No, Mr. Congressman, It Doesn’t Go There

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: By now, you have probably heard about Idaho Congressman Vito Barbieri, who (apparently seriously) asked during a committee hearing on (yes, still more!) abortion restrictions  if a woman could swallow a small camera to conduct a pregnancy exam. Dr. Julie Madsen, the physician witness politely told him that swallowed pills “don’t […]

The Art and Science of Sushi

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve all had the experience of looking at a beautiful display of sushi, in a window or in a photograph or on a tray at our table, and feeling like we’re in the presence of art. And, in a sense, we often are: Japanese sushi chefs pride themselves on the beauty […]

Links Begin a New Year

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Fix YouTube video,  use closing references, add tags Debbie says: I started seriously harvesting links right around the turn of the year, and now I have a bumper crop! (And look, it’s not even a mixed metaphor.) Kristina Bravo at TakePart calls our attention to “This Girl Can,” a United Kingdom public service announcement that’s […]

Voluntary Puberty Delay for Transgender Pre-Teens Looks Promising

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Debbie says: Until I saw this rather brief article, I hadn’t heard about hormonal puberty suppression as an alternative for young transgender people. I am especially interested because I have a (very) young transgender person in my life, and it has been fascinating to watch how completely this child is committed to a gender identity […]

Mid-Week Links

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Debbie says:   Any fan of “subvert the dominant paradigm” (like me) will be delighted by Tampon Run, a new online game, created by two high-school students, Andrea Gonzalez and Sophie Houser, who met at a Girls Who Code summer program. They say, “”Although the concept of the video game may be strange, it’s stranger […]

At the Will of the Body, Part 3b: Doctors as Patients

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lisa Freitag says: Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She wrote some guest posts for us in 2013, and we are delighted to have more of her insightful presence here. This is the second half of the third (and last) part: Part 3a is here; Part 2 is here; and Part […]

At the Will of the Body, Part 3a: Doctors as Patients

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Lisa Freitag says: Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She wrote some guest posts for us in 2013, and we are delighted to have more of her insightful presence here. This is the first half of the third (and last) part; Part 2 and a link to Part 1 are here. […]

What Is Walking Good For?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Debbie says: As the World Cup moves through its paces, I keep thinking about this post from Lisa Wade at Sociological Images: Juliano Pinto, who has paraplegia, kicked off the World Cup wearing an exoskeleton. The media story is, of course, “Look at this amazing technology that lets people out of wheelchairs and let them […]

When Junk Science Meets Junk Food

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Scientists at the University of Toronto have released a report claiming that the very existence and availability of fast food somehow makes us be in a hurry. “Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification,” says Chen-Bo Zhong, who co-wrote the paper with colleague Sanford DeVoe to be […]

At the Will of the Body, Part 2: (Becoming a Body)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Lisa Freitag says: Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She wrote some guest posts for us in 2013, and we are delighted to have more of her insightful presence here. This is the second of three or four parts; the first is here. Watch for the others over the next month […]


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