Sexual Transmitted Infections: Get your facts!

(sex-positive) education is powerful. understanding what risk factors are linked to Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) can help you protect you and your partner from them. please feel free to discuss your worries, anxieties and questions with your health care provider.

*STD = sexually transmitted disease. it’s a bit of an outdated term, but you get the idea . . .

Via: Health Testing Centers


women’s health in the US: an inforgraphic

beautifully done. powerful. a collaboration of GOOD and Deeplocal

A Ten-Year Check-Up Shows Gene Therapy Patients are Alive and Well

A Ten-Year Check-Up Shows Gene Therapy Patients are Alive and Well.

Gangs and Cupcakes: Violence and Sugar Go Together – The Atlantic

Gangs and Cupcakes: Violence and Sugar Go Together – The Atlantic.

simple tools to save lives: a health promoter model

click on the image for the full view . . .

original link

open letter to Congress on science funding

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee

Senator Lamar Alexander
Ranking Member
Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee

March 1, 2011

Dear Chairman Feinstein and Sen. Alexander,

We write in regards to the current proposed budget cuts on science, and the impact the cuts would have on the competitiveness of this nation, both in the short and long term. The economic health and world leadership of this country depends on an unbroken cycle of innovation, rooted in our ability to attract and educate new waves of creative young scientists and engineers, each year. It is this cycle of innovation, whose continuation depends on funding for basic research, that drives both basic and applied sciences, and the creation of new technologies and treatments that define and improve the quality of everyday life.

In order for the cycle to remain unbroken, and for the nation’s position of leadership to continue, basic research needs to be supported, even when the times demand strict fiscal responsibility. One never knows where the next transformative breakthrough will emerge, or who the next young scientist will be that creates it.

The proposed cuts to the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology would result in the immediate cessation of many scientifically critical activities, due in part to the layoff of thousands of scientists and engineers. The cuts would have a severe impact on cutting-edge research in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, high-speed computing, advanced materials and photonics, as well as high energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences.

At a time when we are seeking to spark economic growth and encourage talented young people to pursue careers in science and engineering, reducing federal support for science research and education is counterproductive. It is basic research that motivates many young people to study science. Such cuts will only hurt our competitiveness, especially at a time when emerging economies such as China and India are ramping up their investments in scientific research and education, and are learning to form their own generations of young innovators.

As young scientists and our mentors, we ask that you make science a priority and fund basic research at a level that provides long term growth as an investment, both in our future and our nation’s future. There are many exciting questions that we can only address if provided sufficient resources, not only this year but in the coming years as well. The tools and techniques that we develop in pursuit of these answers will have a lasting benefit to our country and society.

Yalda Afshar, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL and the undersigned
all signatories on original post here.

Explaining Gender Imbalance Statistics through an Infographic Presentation

JESS3 x Economist: Women’s Economic Opportunity from JESS3 on Vimeo.

In hopes of going beyond the traditionally static, and oftentimes boring, PowerPoint presentation, The Economist tapped JESS3 to help bring an important data set to life through a powerful graphic animation.

Working closing with the Economist Intelligence Unit, which compiled a 150-page report called the Women’s Economic Opportunity Index, our team explored creative direction through multiple styleframes in order to achieve a look that would illuminate crucial information about women’s opportunity across the world.

In combing through data and creating detailed storyboards, this six-minute animation tells the story through data visualization of where women stand in the business world from issues ranging from maternity leave to property rights.

The Economist Intelligence Unit presented the data at the World In 2011 Festival, an event that coincided with the 25th Anniversary of The Economist’s World In… publication. It preceded a panel sponsored by the Washington D.C.-based NGO Vital Voices featuring female entrepreneurs who are changing the way women live and work around the world.

HIV/Aids in Eastern Europe

a really moving photo essay done by Science.

Contributing correspondent Jon Cohen examines the spread of HIV in Russia and Ukraine, which together account for more than 90% of the infections in Eastern Europe. Cohen and photographer Malcolm Linton visited researchers, clinicians, advocates, and affected communities in both countries. This photo gallery highlights some of those individuals, how they are responding to the epidemic, and the challenges they face.

check it out here:

More US Soldiers Killed Themselves Than Died In Combat In 2010

from Good. original.

For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn’t vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In 2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that also exceeded the number of combat deaths.

Earlier this month, military authorities announced that suicides amongst active-duty soldiers had slowed in 2010, while suicides amongst reservists and people in the National Guard had increased. It was proof, they said, that the frequent psychological screenings active-duty personnel receive were working, and that reservists and guardsmen, who are more removed from the military’s medical bureaucracy, simply need to begin undergoing more health checks. This new data, that American soldiers are now more dangerous to themselves than the insurgents, flies right in the face of any suggestion that things are “working.” Even if something’s working, the system is still very, very broken.

One of the problems hindering the military’s attempt to address soldier suicides is that there’s no real rhyme or reason to what kind of soldier is killing himself. While many suicide victims are indeed afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after facing heavy combat in the Middle East, many more have never even been deployed. Of the 112 guardsmen who committed suicide last year, more than half had never even left American soil.

“If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, “because we don’t know what it is.”

“Treasure your exceptions”

“If I may throw out a word of counsel to beginners, it is: Treasure your exceptions! When there are none, the work gets so dull that no one cares to carry it further. Keep them always uncovered and in sight. Exceptions are like the rough brickwork of a growing building which tells that there is more to come and shows where the next construction is to be.”

William Bateson, in The Method and Scope of Genetics, 1908.



original post and .pdf of Bateson’s article, “Treasure your exceptions”.