The kind of blind ignorance that has a knack for inspiring utter speechlessness on our parts.
With every job comes a slew of misinformation about what it is you do all day. Wouldn't you believe it, Law and Order SVU isn't actually a terrifically accurate depiction of what forensics specialists do all day. Here's a smattering of the dumb conversations people have to have about their jobs.
What was once a saving grace to halt the scourge of smallpox 2 centuries ago, has now struck again, this time, with cancer. CF33, or Chimeric Orthopoxvirus. US Cancer wunderkind Professor Yuman Fong made the initial discovery, while the Australian company Imugene licensed the innovation and are pushing for human trials starting next year.
This rageful parent's emotional post about their daughter getting measles is as relevant a reminder to anti-vaxxers today, as it was, when it was posted back in 2015. The news is riddled with accounts of a measles outbreak, and the anti-vaxxers are being called out with renewed passion for their part in the upsurge of cases. Maybe this post will make a splash in the social media space, and inspire further discussion about the impacts of vaccination, or NOT vaccinating your children.
For the first time in history, a surgeon performed heart surgery without actually being in the room. Or building. Or town. The surgeon was 20 miles away from their patient, and the surgery was done with the assistance of a robot. Yes, we are officially living in the future.
Throw away your filters because Snapchat is about to get really gross.
That’s right, instead of making yourself look like some cute dog, Snapchat Spectacles are making it easier than ever to gross out your followers. Case in point, Shafi Ahemed, a UK surgeon recorded a hernia procedure. Of course, this was for his students, which actually could do the world a lot of good, but, seriously, gross, dude.
According to Mashable, “Around 200 students watched as he explained the procedure in 10-second snippets, showing different parts of the anatomy and detailing various procedures such as the initial incision.”
So now, what, 200 students have a better idea of what it’s actually like to go into surgery, while the rest of us have to suffer with this totally disgusting video. Thanks for nothing, Snapchat Spectacles.
Let’s be frank: Medicine looks delicious. Whether it’s pain reliever or antacid, it can be hard to not reach for some medicine when that sweet tooth starts acting up.
It begs the question, why is medicine made to look so much like candy?
Two gingerbread houses - one decorated with confectionary, the other with medication. Which one is which?
Can you choose? The point is, it shouldn’t be this difficult.
“A little bit of backstory - a friend of my mum works in a poisons department at a children's hospital in Sydney. She made this, to be blown up into a poster, but didn't have a good camera other than her phone. She rang up, and I took the photos for her with a nice DSLR. I thought it was pretty interesting, as a ridiculous number of the people I asked couldn't tell which was which, so I figured I'd share it here.”
Point taken. This holiday season, watch what you’re putting in your body!
When this woman says she’s allergic to everything, she means it.
Suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Joanna Watkins lives under the threat of almost everything, including her husband and all but 15 types of food. And things keep getting worse.
While she’s been in for treatments, the MCAS isn’t responding to medication nor chemotherapy. So she’s unable to really see her husband, Scott, because of chemicals people release. What’s more, her house suffered from water damage, and the couple had to move in with a friend to avoid a rapidly-developing mold problem. If she comes in contact with things like pollen or even body odor, she suffers from anaphylactic reactions, including migraines and loss of breath.
Joanna lives within the confines of an air-locked bedroom all day everyday. According to People, “At this point, her body only tolerates a total of 15 foods (including spices). She eats just once per day and it’s always one of two meals she knows her body can tolerate: organic grass-fed beef (chuck roast cut) with water, celery and organic carrots and organic parsnips that are peeled, cored and mashed or ground lamb with peeled organic cucumbers.”
“I have been eating these same two meals for over a year of my life and they still taste good to me,” Joanna said. “I love to eat — it’s a joy for me. It’s just a gift that I can keep eating these foods.”
Still, she and her husband remain hopeful. On their GoFundMe page, they have raised over $100,000 to pay for housing renovations that would include a state of the art air filtration system.
“We have been so showered with love and support – I know I have been deeply blessed,” Joanna told People. “This is really hard and it is painful, but we haven’t been left to face it alone and that is a beautiful thing.”