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Embrace Life With Your Seatbelt

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Watch this gorgeous video from the UK promoting seatbelt use. And buckle up!

*This blog post was originally published at The Blog that Ate Manhattan*

In Their Own Words: Diabeticons By Kids

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Some of the most inspiring moments from the “Friends for Life” International Children With Diabetes conference were found in the expo hall, where kids were creating their own diabeticons. These are two that I absolutely loved:

“Let the sun rise on a cure, let the sun set on diabetes.”

“Love your life with or without diabetes.”

Now I need to figure out how to use that Bamboo so I can doctor up my own diabeticons at home. (Siah has asked for one that says “I love pump tubing!” Because oh, does she. She loves that chewy, Band-Aid taste.)

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*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*

Sexual Health And Teens: “Privates” Video Game

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Here’s a new video game from Zombie Cow Studios that could help educate teenagers about sexual and reproductive health in a colorful way.

Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.,’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) guide, writes in her blog post entitled ”It’s Only A Game“:

When I first saw the announcement for Privates, I found the concept vaguely appalling — condom-hatted soldiers (privates) swarming into people’s body parts (privates) to shoot at all the nasty invaders one can find there. However, the second I watched the trailer I was instantly converted to a fan. Privates was clearly designed by people who were paying attention in sex-ed class. The epithelium looks like epithelium! There are bacteria that I can recognize from what I’ve seen under my microscope and sperm that look like sperm. The whole thing is brilliantly designed and, although it’s only a game, the amount of thought and effort put into it fills me with awe. By funding the development of games like Privates, Channel 4 is showing some amazing innovation in their commitment to educational entertainment.

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

Debunking Homeopathy, Cartoon Style

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Here’s a wonderful cartoon primer by Darryl Cunningham on the fundamentals of homeopathic “medicine”:homeopathy
To see the entire 19-page cartoon strip, click here.

Well worth the read, especially for anyone who might be considering homeopathic treatment. This author also put together a nice explication of the Wakefield Autism Vaccine Fraud.

*This blog post was originally published at Movin' Meat*

How Much Are Your Organs Worth?

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I don’t plan to sell my organs on eBay, but as organ transplantation, lack of donors, and illegal organ trafficking gets more and more serious, this infographic comes just in time. It provides some interesting answers to questions like, “How much does a liver cost in South Korea?” and “How many patients are waiting for transplants?” Click on the image for the original larger version:

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

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I am a huge fan of the winter Olympics partly because I grew up in Canada where most kids can ski and skate before they can run and partly because I used to participate in Downhill ski racing. Now that I m a rehab physician with a reconstructed knee I…

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