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Lit Medicine: 11 Books To Save Your Ass (Or Just Your Weary Soul)

By: Laura Barcella / November 4, 2013
"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more." Ah, the immortal words of my beloved Morrissey -- they served as a kind of mantra for me as I stumbled and bumbled through adolescence and early adulthood. Books have been a vital part of my everyday existence for far longer than Moz, though (WHAT?! More »


This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

By: Claire Hannum / November 3, 2013
Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who'd climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn't sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he's a former volunteer firefighter… More »


Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013
Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of… More »


Women With Big Butts Are Brainier

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 31, 2013
Another reason to love your big butt! Not that you needed one. According to a study done at the University of Oxford, the bigger the bum, the brainier the woman -- and also, the healthier. The research team analyzed the behinds of  more than 16,000 women and found that fat bottomed girls really do make… More »


Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2013
Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I'm shocked, shocked! [Reuters] A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought assistance, although… More »


Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013
Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provision wa… More »


How A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life

By: YourTango.com / October 27, 2013
Healthy people aren't just the happy ones — they're now the married ones. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were painfully mistaken because a mate won't just keep you happy; they'll keep you living longer, too. Read more at Your Tango... More »


Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013
A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing] Here'… More »


The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

By: Rachel Krause / October 16, 2013
Let's get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to… More »


Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013
Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the "unborn," in the state's criminal code. More »


Flesh-Eating Drug, Krokodil, Making Its Way Across The United States

By: Rachel Krause / October 11, 2013
We are not discussing crocodiles here, but given that even the most cursory, SafeSearch-on Googling of krokodil yields some of the most vile images you will ever see (DON'T DO IT!!!!), this stock photo of a crocodile will more than suffice. The flesh-eating intravenous drug does, in fact, get its name from the animal, a… More »


California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It's the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine] Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate] Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take the disease le… More »


Rebecca Romijn Introduces The Hand Bra For Breast Cancer Awareness

By: Rachel Krause / October 9, 2013
Ah, the Hand Bra: I know it well. Granted, I am more familiar with the Rachel Krause Hand Bra than the Rebecca Romijn Hand Bra, but a Hand Bra is a Hand Bra and they all work just the same. Except Rebecca's version helps to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while mine functio… More »


How An Email Becomes A Life Or Death Situation

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2013
You're sitting in your cubicle at work and you get an email from your boss asking you if you [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. Your heart plummets into your stomach. Your worst fears are confirmed. You fucked up. You start to sweat. shake, hyperventilate. You briefly consider leaving everything you know… More »


Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013
Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion "as a woman's right." Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, "That's really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman's right. If they want to do that, that is their… More »


New York City Department Of Health Launches New NYC Girls Project

By: Rachel Krause / October 1, 2013
In the twelve years that Mayor Bloomberg has presided over New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (srsly, that's for real, MENTAL HYGIENE) has been responsible for quite a few not always-well-received ad campaigns. The words "controversial" and occasionally "insensitive" come to mind — hello, human fat being poured out of aMore »


Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013
What's more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it's your boss's input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can't anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post] India is looking to more closely… More »


“Breaking Bad” Actress Explains Weight Gain

By: Evil Beet Gossip / September 29, 2013
Anna Gunn plays wife Skyler Grey to Bryan Cranston's Walter White on one of the most beloved shows ("Breaking Bad") to ever be on television, and she just won an Emmy, and yet she feels she has to explain herself for gaining weight. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip... More »


Krokodil, Flesh-Eating Drug, Reported In Arizona

By: Huffington Post Weird News / September 27, 2013
A homemade drug that causes severe damage to the flesh of those who use it has reportedly shown up in the U.S. Previously reported in Russia, Krokodil, a disfiguring and potentially lethal mixture of codeine and hydrocarbons such as oil, paint thinner, gasoline or alcohol, has made its way to Arizona. According to doctors at… More »


3D Printed Organs May Mean End To Waiting Lists, Deadly Shortages

By: Huffington Post Weird News / September 26, 2013
Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunk… More »


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