I’ve spent the past few years preparing for a career in medicine by slicing up dead people and poking around, trying to find the little hamster wheel in the chest cavity that keeps us all running. Along the way I’ve learned a lot of lessons about how the human body works, sure, but more importantly, I’ve learned a bit about a little thing called … love.

Oh no, wait: corpse juice. I meant corpse juice.

5 Horrifying Things Real Dead Bodies Do (Too Weird For TV)

EMT / Emergency Medical EDC Everyday Carry By: echo-delta-367

Kenya, Rwanda compete to be East Africa’s potential medical tourism hubs

As they compete to become East Africa’s medical tourism hub, these countries will see enhanced interest from private sector participants to construct hospitals. Overall, higher domestic and external investment is expected in these markets due to macroeconomic stability, market-friendly reforms, and the successful debut Eurobond issuance in Kenya.

I’ve been pretty seriously nearsighted since childhood, and the problem has only progressed over the years.  Now, I’m at the point where, without some kind of corrective lenses, I see nothing but blurs when things are more than five to seven inches away. This wouldn’t be a big ordeal - if I could get an eye exam and new contact lenses or glasses.  Unfortunately, my insurance doesn’t cover eye care.  My glasses are about four prescriptions behind and I’ve been wearing the same pair of contacts (taking extreme precautions) for longer than anyone should.

The money I’m asking for would help a great deal toward alleviating a serious problem for me.  I’m a writer and artist who happens to rely on my sight to a large degree, and having my eyes be permanently wrecked would be a huge loss.

If you can give a little, that’s great.  If not, that’s understandable.  But maybe you can pass on the link?

Thanks!

I’m posting here against my better judgement because I really need this help, guys.  Seriously.  Anything you can do would be amazing!

Longevity Goes to the Dogs

One new study on longevity has gone to the dogs. Researchers from Purdue’s Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation’s Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies have looked to a select group of canines – and found that, to live to a ripe old age, it’s good to be female, and it’s good to be able to dodge cancer.

Rottweiler females had a longevity advantage of 5:1 over males, and the dogs who lived to a relative age of 100 in dog years were also exceptionally good at avoiding or more slowly developing cancer and other age-related diseases, the scientists found.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/04/longevity-goes-dogs

Whatever you do, don't image Ed in a coma.

Don’t think about how Al would curl up with him, silent and inconsolable, brush his hair and read him books.

Don’t think about how Roy would sit in the room in silence before and kissing his forehead, leaving only to go home and get blackout drunk.

Don’t think about how Riza realized she hesitated every time she answered the phone, afraid it would be the hospital calling to say Ed had died.

Don’t imagine Izumi sitting and holding Ed’s hand, the other hand cupping his cheek. Don’t think about how how her heart would leap when Ed’s fingers twitch, or how broken she would be when the doctors say it’s only a muscle spasm.

World Malaria Day Brings Scourge into Spotlight

Malaria kills more than half a million people each year worldwide – and that’s after dramatic declines over the last decade.

Even as doctors and scientists prepare new global strategies to make a massive push against the disease with a new vaccine and investment in prevention, health officials are attempting to make the annual World Malaria Day, held on April 25 each year, into a turning point against the preventable scourge of many developing nations.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/04/world-malaria-day-brings-scourge-spotlight

It seems silly that this is still an argument. Major public health organizations, courts all the way up to the Federal Circuit, and even the journal that published the fraudulent paper that initially set off the MMR vaccine scare—they all agree that vaccines do not cause autism.

But a new paper published in JAMA should end debate once and for all.

In a study of 95,000 children, researchers were unable to find any association between the measles, mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. The researchers also examined whether each child had a family history of autism; even for children within this high-risk category, they found no association between MMR and autism.

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“I do not really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I cannot recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.”

-Charles Whitman, who shot dead 16 people and wounded a further 32 others in the largest mass shooting in America: The UT Tower Shooting. It was later revealed that the most likely cause for his irrational thoughts was a brain tumor, the size of a pecan, which Whitman had suspected for quite some time. In a note Whitman wrote before the shooting he requested that: “After my death I wish that an autopsy would be performed on me to see if there is any visible physical disorder.”