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Science

Carbon-14 Dating

I’ve taken a bit of a break for the last few years. In that time, I’ve finished my PhD in molecular biology and I’ve started a post-doctoral fellowship. I’m very glad to be back with Persephone  and to be answering your science questions!

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Health

Stocking the Medicine Cabinet

Oh God, y’all, I think I’m gonna die. At the time I’m writing this, I’m on Day 4 of the world’s nastiest cold. I’ve gone through a whole box of tissues and a bag of cough drops, and I’m starting to lose my voice. I am uncomfortable and want nothing more than to crawl under […]

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Science

Science News: 11/13/13

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Lots of good news this week, from asteroids that aren’t going to kill us all to several awesome new species (and babies of everyone’s favorite new species of the year). Also, updates on the supposed global wine shortage and early puberty epidemic. On the terrible end of the spectrum, though, there’s Haiyan.

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Bodies

Good and Horrible Doctors I Have Known

The other day a friend told me about a doctor who wouldn’t give him a referral for a vasectomy. Instead, the guy gave him a talk about how he was Catholic and had eight kids and it was great. When my friend’s wife wanted to get her tubes tied after giving birth to her second […]

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Science

Science News: 10/16/12

Welcome to the science news, Nobel Prize/space jump/shrimp puke edition! (Yes, I am serious. Pics after the cut!)

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Feminism

I Don’t Wanna Be Sedated: The Fear of Going Under

Last week, I had six teeth yanked (or cut!) out of my mouth. I’ll wait for you to stop screaming. Finshed? Alright, so as I was saying, I had major oral surgery last week. The whole thing was quite a surprise, really. I knew that my wisdom teeth, of which I had the misfortune to […]

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Science

Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part III

We’re down to the final stretch of women who have won Nobel Prizes in science. These five women are the most recent Laureates in Physiology or Medicine and have made astounding contributions to our knowledge of embryonic development, our sense of smell, HIV, and chromosome replication.

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Science

Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part II

Two weeks ago we learned about the five extraordinary women who have won Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. There are no fewer than ten women who have been awarded for their contributions in Physiology or Medicine, so this week we’ll take a look at the first five. 

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Science

Gimme the Gardasil

Or, why I got myself vaccinated against HPV.

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Science

The How and Who Behind Cocaine Use

Coca-Cola, Sigmund Freud, Scarface ““ cocaine has made its mark on American culture, but knowledge of the mechanisms of and risks associated with this popular recreational drug remains elusive. Last week, we talked about heroin, and today, we’ll do the same to cocaine.

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Bodies

So You Had an Abortion: What Happens Now?

When people talk about about abortion, they generally focus on the pregnancy and the procedure itself. But once you’ve had an abortion, what will happen? What is the best way to take care of yourself? Will it be painful or bloody, or make you sick? What medicines will make you feel better?

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Bodies

Ask the (Student) Nurse! Intraosseous IV Edition

You know how when you go into the hospital for something, the first thing they do is stick a big needle in your arm and attach it to an IV so they can give you fluids and medicine quickly? Did you ever wonder what they do if they just absolutely cannot get a needle into […]

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Bodies

Ask the (Student) Nurse!

What does gangrene smell like? Is it safe to drink with Wellbutrin? What is pica?* Welcome to Persephone Magazine’s new medical advice column!