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thenotquitedoctor:

As some of you lovely followers might know, I have a passion for public health and infectious disease medicine, so I just can’t resist commenting on this latest CBS news article regarding the growing outbreak of measles in Orange County, California. People who refuse…

i-heart-histo:

The Starry Night: Histology Remix

When art imitates life…and life imitates art.

Foreground by Vincent van Gogh

It’s the view he painted from the window of his sanitarium room in the South of France.

Here is the original painting hanging in the MoMA in NYC.

Background by The human ovary

It’s the view you see at 10x magnification when stained with H&E.

Identical. Huh.

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yourhaloisslipping:

getting a note on a super old post

zubat:    [dog voice] oof

scienceisbeauty:

19 Portugal Place Cambridge
19 March ’53

My Dear Michael,

Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of de-oxy-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it carefully) called D.N.A. for short. You may remember that the genes of the chromosomes —…

Part of the reason why I love this film is because CJ7 looks like my Shih Tzu.

Part of the reason why I love this film is because CJ7 looks like my Shih Tzu.

It turns out that this kid who played Stephen Chow’s son in 2008 movie CJ7

…is actually a girl.

This is me every morning, specifically every 5:45 in the morning.

This is me every morning, specifically every 5:45 in the morning.

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crookedindifference:

If Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin couldn’t leave the moon

The astronauts had no instructions in that situation, although Nixon’s staff did prepare a contingency plan. The President would phone each of the widows-to-be.

Then he would read this address to the nation:

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themedicalchronicles:

i-heart-histo:

Histology look-a-like #109

Edvard Munch’s "The Scream" v Placental villi

Histology.

Where aaaaaarrrrrghhhhhhhhh-t and science collide.

i-heart-histo

Edvard Munch, meet histology. Histology, meet Edvard Munch.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
So is vaccination really necessary and not just a Big Pharm heist for money?
danicalifornia85 danicalifornia85 Said:

cranquis:

aspiringdoctors:

ladykaymd:

Are vaccinations necessary?? ARE VACCINATIONS NECESSARY??

IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?? 

YES. 

YES.

YES.

YES.

FUCK YES.

Vaccines save thousands of lives every year. Ever heard about Polio?? A disease that used kill thousands of children in this country. (Read Nemesis by Philip Roth). 58,000 children used to get this disease a year—it left thousands dead or crippled for life. 

So are vaccines necessary to save children from disability and disease? YES

Rubella can cause horrible congenital defects in children. By ensuring that every woman who might become pregnant has been vaccinated we save thousands of babies every year from being born deaf or with congenital heart defects. 

So are vaccines necessary to protect babies in utero?? YES

The HPV vaccine prevents the top 2 strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer—a cancer that used to kill thousands of women in this country. (Not to mention it protects against 2 strains of genital warts!). The HBV vaccine prevents people from contracting Hepatitis B which can lead to HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma). 

So can some vaccines prevent cancer?? YES

Some people cannot have vaccines. Some people are allergic to them, or are immunocompromised (patients with HIV, cancer patients, etc) and cannot tolerate the vaccine. By ensuring that all people who can be vaccinated are vaccinated we protect those people who cannot be vaccinated!! 

So can vaccines protect children with inherited immunodeficiencies, those who are HIV+, cancer patients, and a whole long list of other people who aren’t able to vaccinated? YES.

Can vaccines prevent the elderly from suffering from certain types of pneumonia? YES.

Can vaccines save the lives of children bitten by rabid dogs? YES.

Diphtheria? Yes

HAV? HBV? HiB? HPV? H1N1? Yes.

Rotavirus? Chickenpox? Pertussis? Mumps? Yes.

Meningitis? YES

Tetanus? YES.

Did vaccination eradicate smallpox? A disease that killed thousands of people every year? YES. 

What about Anthrax? Shingles? Yellow fever? YUP. YUP. YUP.

Does the vaccination of health professionals against influenza prevent thousands of patients from being exposed every year. YES! 

So if vaccines are a “Big Pharma heist” I don’t really give a fuck—because it’s a scheme that saves thousands of people every year. (Besides—vaccines don’t make a lot of money for those companies at all! They count on Viagra to make their big bucks). NOT TO MENTION big pharma would make a hell of a lot more money on the drugs it would take to treat these people if they got sick…. SOOOO it sounds like they would make a hell of a lot more money off not producing the vaccines to me. But you can form your own opinion on that one—because whether or not they make money is not really the issue for me here! The issue is can we save lives?? 

This is the one and only time I will ever answer this question because it is a RIDICULOUS question. It is 100% OUTRAGEOUS that we have to have this debate in this country. 

So for the record

  • DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM? NO
  • DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
  • CAN EVERYONE BE VACCINATED? NO
  • SHOULD EVERYONE WHO CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED? YES
  • DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
  • DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
  • DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES 
  • DO VACCINES SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY YEAR? YES

So shut it down. Shut down anyone who tells you vaccines cause autism (because the guy who FALSIFIED the results of that study had his medical license pulled and his FAKE findings have been disproven a thousand times over).

Shut down anyone who tells you it’s about the money (because if it was about the money there would be more money made in producing designer drugs for erectile dysfunction).

Shut down anyone who tells you they’re dangerous (because while a VERY FEW people can have severe adverse reactions this is not only OUTRAGEOUSLY rare, but you are at a much higher risk from getting the disease than you are of having ANY side effect at all from the vaccine). 

Shut it the fuck down. 

IF YOU CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED. 

Because guess who you protect when you get vaccinated?

  • Yourself
  • Your family
  • Your grandmother with cancer who can’t get the flu vaccine this year because of her chemo.
  • Your pregnant sister whose fetus could develop terrible birth defects if she were to be exposed to certain diseases.
  • Your roommates in the dorm from getting meningitis. 
  • Your neighbors kids who might get pertussis if you haven’t been vaccinated. 
  • The patients you see at the ER
  • Strangers on the bus
  • Children with BTK, SCID, and other immunodeficiencies. 
  • ALMOST EVERY OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET.

So guess what—vaccines are perhaps one of the best developments of modern medicine in my opinion. And if only people would stop asking these ridiculous questions we could eradicate polio in the third world. We could stop children from DYING in this country from diseases that haven’t been seen in our parent’s lifetimes. 

So—yes—I will SHUT IT THE FUCK DOWN any time I hear this pseudo-science because vaccines SAVE LIVES. And it’s time we wake up before we live in a world where there are thousands of children dying every year from Polio all over again. 

Note to self: add appreciative gif when I get home.

Here, let me get that for ya…

This post is worth reading.

docedace:

She’s a joyful, jubilant, glowing 27-year old, and she tells me that just 12 weeks ago she received the best news of her life.

“You are pregnant! You are going to be a mother!”

I wasn’t there, but I close my eyes to imagine the excitement. I imagine the physician coming back…

discoverynews:

skunkbear:

So you had a bad day …

Charles Darwin read Lyell's “Principles of Geology Volume 1” while he was travelling on the Beagle, and when he returned to England they became close friends. Darwin vents to Lyell in this letter from 1861.

As Robert Krulwich has noted, it’s nice to know geniuses had bad days like the rest of us.  And it’s nice that they had friends to text correspond with when they did.

Happy Birthday Charles! And to the rest of you - Happy Darwin Day!

i love this.