Reading Time: 8 minutes The first sign something was wrong was during lunch with friends in my senior year of high school. I was eating French fries one moment, and the next I heard my friend Mindi saying, “Liz! Liz! Why did you say that?” She looked befuddled and concerned. I had no clue what she was talking about. […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes If my parents had gone along with a medical procedure that was common around the time I was born in 1947, my tonsils would have been removed, sparing me from years of discomfort and pain caused by a pair of grossly enlarged vestigial organs that became inflamed with monotonous regularity. During one bout of tonsillitis, […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes After massive resources have been spent trying to assess spiritual fitness in the military, scholars now admit it is not a meaningful concept.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Marcia sat up on the side of the bed, a hand on each knee, and braced herself as she leaned forward to open the space in her chest for more air. At 52, she was dying of ovarian cancer that had spread to her liver. The critical organ had failed, causing excess fluid to gather […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes On a March Wednesday in 1653, a 20-year-old Londoner named Sam Pepys lay spreadeagled, four limbs tied to bedposts, screaming. He was drunker than usual for nine in the morning, and for good reason: Sam was having surgery to remove a bladder stone. He was having 17th-century surgery, the only kind available in his day. Joseph Lister was […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Dave Grohl is the best of us, and we need to protect him… from himself.
Reading Time: 5 minutes In the past few years, science has produced a few truly wonderful devices capable of monitoring diabetics’ blood-sugar levels 24/7 in real-time, with the power to help the afflicted self-manage very protective eating strategies. Unfortunately, even though I’m diabetic, I simply can’t afford all but one of these devices even if my doctor were willing […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes There was a low rumble in the room. I couldn’t hear what anyone was saying above the din, but I feel the excitement in my body even now as my memory-neurons fire. This new batch of future doctors was about to enter terrain more daunting than the fundamentals of pharmacology: They would read a poem […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Former The Satanic Temple (TST) spokesperson and reproductive rights advocate Jex Blackmore, who was (evicted? I’m going to say evicted) evicted from the organization when … just go watch the movie. Anyway, Jex took an abortifacient pill on air. Let’s get you up to speed At some point during the filming of Hail Satan?, Jex […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Sometimes freaking out is a good thing. It moves us to action. If you approached everything with slow and deliberate thought, you’d probably be dead by now. There is a good reason we jump at an unexpected noise, or something we catch out of the corner of our eye. It very literally kept us from […]