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Pregnancy 101: My placenta looked like meatloaf, but I wasn’t about to eat it.
…of us are involved in policing the neighborhoods, some of us build structures, some of us communicate information, some of us deal with food, some of us get rid of waste, etc. Every cell gets a job (it’s the only example of 100% employment rates!). Now back to the cells in the fertilized egg. As they start to learn what their specific job will be, the cells within the sphere will start to organize themselves. After about 5 days after fertil…
Authored by Jeanne Garbarino on July 27, 2012
Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…e X Extra: A triglyceride can have up to three different fatty acids attached to it. Canola oil, for example, consists primarily of oleic acid, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid, all of which are unsaturated fatty acids with 18 carbons in their chains. Why do we take in fat anyway? Fat is a necessary nutrient for everything from our nervous systems to our circulatory health. It also, under appropriate conditions, is an excellent way to store up…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
Hormonal birth control explainer: a matter of health
…levels of these four hormones drive what we think of as the menstrual cycle, which exists to prepare an egg for fertilization and to make the uterine lining ready to receive a fertilized egg, should it arrive. Fig. 1. Female reproductive anatomy. Credit: Jeanne Garbarino. In the theoretical 28-day cycle, fertilization (fusion of sperm and egg), if it occurs, will happen about 14 days in, timed with ovulation , or release of the egg…
Authored by Emily Willingham on March 5, 2012
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
Protip: Don’t diagnose based on speculation. by Jessica Wright Attention journalists: If you’ve been calling people “nuts” or “deranged” in your stories, the Associated Press is recommending that it’s time you stopped. This guideline — along with the common-sense assertion that writers shouldn’t diagnose individuals with a mental illness based entirely on speculation — is part of a new recommendation added to the AP styleboo…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
The sperm don’t care how they got there, Rep. Akin
17 c. rendition of human inside sperm.Public domain in US. [Trigger warning: frank language about sexual assault] By Emily Willingham By now, you’ve probably heard the phrase: legitimate rape. As oxymoronic and moronic as it seems, a Missouri congressman and member of the House Science, Space, and Technology committee used this term to argue that women who experience “legitimate rape” likely can’t become pregnan…
Authored by Emily Willingham on August 20, 2012
Pregnancy 101: On the cervical mucus plug and why I’ve never been more happy to hold something so disgusting in my hand
…and elastic mucus, known as the cervical mucus plug. In non-scientific terms, the mucus plug is like the cork that keeps all of the bubbly baby goodness safe from harmful bacteria. It is quite large, often weighing in around 10 g (0.35 oz) and consists mostly of water (>90%) that contains several hundred types of proteins. These proteins do many jobs, including immunological gatekeepers, structural maintenance, regulation of fluid balance, and e…
Authored by Emily Willingham on December 29, 2011
Robotic hysterectomy more expensive: but better?
…here is no advantage to robotic hysterectomies, why are gynecologists pushing them? And make no mistake, they are pushing them as 3 years ago 0.5% of hysterectomies were robotic and now that number has soared exponentially to 10% (JAMA, 2013) Why this exponential increase? I can think of four reasons: They need the practice. The gynecologists want to learn the new technique (see the marketing angle below), but it takes quite a few cases to get g…
Authored by DXS Contributor on April 4, 2013
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 Xplainer: Evolution and how it happens
…he population will change over time. It will be adapted to its environment. It will evolve. Other mechanisms of evolution A pigeon depicted in Charles Darwin’sVariation of Animals and PlantsUnder Domestication, 1868. U.S.public domain image, via Wikimedia. When Darwin presented his idea of natural selection, he knew he had an audience to win over. He pointed out that people select features of organisms all the time and breed the…
Authored by Emily Willingham on January 29, 2012
Pregnancy 101: The science behind the wand of destiny
…s reproductive health. For blogs, check out this list on Babble, and this list on BlogHer. Wilcox AJ, Baird DD, Weinberg CR. Time of implantation of the conceptus and loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. (1999) Jun 10;340(23):1796-9….
Authored by Emily Willingham on November 26, 2011