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The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
…viving breast cancer” is “you” and the difference between a 98% survival rate and a 23% one is vigilance on the part of the victim. This message flies in the face of basic cancer biology. Between 2004 to 2009, Komen allocated 47% of it $1.54 billion toward education and screening. Much of its education messaging promotes the same false narrative as its ads, which means they are not only not furthering the search for a cure, they are harming the…
Authored by Emily Willingham on February 11, 2012
DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?
…I said it. Thirty times in this single blog post. And you should, too. These views are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily either reflect or disagree with those of the DXS editorial team. See also our Pregnancy 101 series , by Jeanne Garbarino, biology editor…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 15, 2012
Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…ll selection of different materials: bricks, mortar, iron, glass, and wood. Arranged in different ways, these few materials can yield a huge variety of structures. We encountered functional groups and the SPHONC in Chapter 3. These components form the four categories of molecules of life. These Big Four biological molecules are carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. They can have many roles, from giving an organism structure to be…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
Image Caption Test Post
…nserted before the material dried, the mold is removed. Though this paper included only two participants, a few years later the same researchers (plus a couple of others) published another study that examined vaginal molds of 39 women. In these women, all Caucasian, vaginal lengths ranged from almost 7 to almost 15 centimeters (2.75–6 in) with diameters between 2.4 and 6.5 cm (~1–2.5 in). A later studyclassified the diversity of vaginal shapes: c…
Authored by Glenn Dixon on April 5, 2010
The average human vagina
…nserted before the material dried, the mold is removed. Though this paper included only two participants, a few years later the same researchers (plus a couple of others) published another study that examined vaginal molds of 39 women. In these women, all Caucasian, vaginal lengths ranged from almost 7 to almost 15 centimeters (2.75–6 in) with diameters between 2.4 and 6.5 cm (~1–2.5 in). A later study classified the diversity of vaginal shapes:…
Authored by DXS Contributor on April 1, 2013
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
…almost twice as likely to say that they don’t want to live or work near a person with mental illness if they read an article about a person with mental illness involved in a mass shooting, according to a study published March 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Interestingly, this tendency is the same even if the article avoids any mention of mental illness. This may be because this link between violence and mental illness is deeply engrain…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
The Finkbeiner Test
…have no business in the story. For instance, in his Guardian profile of preeminent physicist Lisa Randall, John Crace writes, “No matter how much she bends time, there’s no escaping the fact that she’s just turned 43 and that if she wants to have kids she’s going to have to get on with it soon.” No one would possibly write such a thing about a man of her age and status. Yes, there are seven items on the Finkbeiner test, but it’s…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 5, 2013
Farting While Flying? Let Her Rip!
…17;t exactly roll down the window as you would in a car either. Consider that the average person, male or female, young or old, releases somewhere between 0.7 to 1 liter of gas a day, usually spread out in 10 to 14 farts in a 24-hour period. And as MythBusters proved, even pretty girls fart. The sulfur-containing gases in that mix of mostly nitrogen and carbon dioxide coming out your derriere can be some seriously noxious stuff, especially depend…
Authored by Tara Haelle on March 21, 2013
Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Get your ass screened. We mean it.
…se risks can be known and for anyone to have appropriate screening either at the recommended age or in the presence of symptoms. Speaking of family, there is my own. My having been diagnosed with a precancerous growth at age 38 means that my first-degree relatives–siblings, parents, children–should have screening at least by that age and preferably years before. There is some understandable reluctance to have a colonoscopy. Outside o…
Authored by Emily Willingham on March 7, 2012
What do you know about Charles Darwin?
…hanks to the budding art of daguerreotyping, we can visualize that paternal love in an image taken with his son, William, above. If you can see pain in a person’s eyes, it was already haunting Darwin’s when he was 46. In a time when the loss of a child was so common that almost no family went untouched, the Darwins also felt the infinite pain of losing three of their 10 children, two who died in infancy and a daughter named Annie, who…
Authored by Emily Willingham on February 12, 2013