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BatDoc: A Pediatrician with a Mission and a Mask

I have officially graduated from my pediatrician—being 19 and visiting a pediatrician isn’t as cool as it sounds—and now I’m beginning to regret it. This cool new doctor has developed a brilliant tactic to entertain tots and teens alike and it’s called BatDoc. Donning a full head mask and the quintessential stormy, growly voice, BatDoc advises parents, teaches kids, and garners a load of laughs in this four-minute clip of BatDoc hard at work. I think we can all agree we wish we had BatDoc as our doctor, though our pediatrician days are well behind us.  Nevertheless, we can all aspire to be the BatDoc of generation, since after all… “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me” ~ Bruce Wayne...

Oh Hello Flo!

For whatever reason, the concept of “the period” has remained taboo for centuries. In various religious traditions, women are considered impure during menstruation and were often forbidden from partaking in religious rituals or even any normal daily activity. Even now, a woman’s “time of the month” is something unspoken of… kept under wraps. It’s either over-exaggerated… NBC Universal …or nonexistent. Even today’s ads for tampons and pads are purposefully vague a majority of the time, because the whole idea is to hide the fact that you’re on your period. Right? Not anymore. Finally, someone is changing that. Say Hello to Flo…    ...

Seven Nerdy Costumes to Rock This Halloween

Do you usually throw on a white coat or some old scrubs and call yourself a doctor each Halloween? Well, it’s time to change things up. Here are seven costume ideas to spark your creativity. 1. Patch Adams In honor of Robin Williams, start with your white coat from your classic costume and add on a red nose and any other clown attire.   Bonus points: Dress up as the real Patch Adams himself with the mustache, half-blue hair and all (make sure you read up on his life here: http://www.patchadams.org/patch-adams/).   2. Cell (or Organelle) Eukaryote or prokaryote – pick your favorite. Add in all of the organelles and you’re set!   Bonus points: Take a cell-fie as a cell in a cell culture area (if you’re the research type).   3. Rorschach Ink Test Get a plain white piece of clothing (T-shirt, dress, etc.) and use black paint to make an inkblot pattern. (See a DIY video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvBKWwFvcHE). Bonus points: Actually psychoanalyze people using your inkblot clothing.   4. Organ Follow suit with Harvard’s “What does the spleen do?” parody and dress up like a human sized organ.   Bonus points: Learn to dance like the spleen in the video.   5. Microbe While these are normally too small to see, you won’t be missed while dressed as a microbe, be it as a fungus, bacteria,...

Saving Time By Eliminating Showering?

If there’s one thing us AlmostDocs don’t have, it’s time. Rushing from class to class, spending hours in the library, and enjoying the occasional night away, is there any time to do anything else? Source: giphy.com According to this article, we might be able to make a little more time for ourselves by replacing our showers with a 3-minute misting of bacterial spray. The spray, called AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, contains an ammonia-oxidizing bacteria called Nitrosomonas eutropha, which is most commonly found in dirt and untreated water. It is believed that these bacteria used to exist in large quantities on humans, as well, and helped keep us clean before washing with soap and shampoo became a common practice. (a surprise to me, since I always assumed everyone just smelled really bad back then). That’s right, apparently you don’t even need deodorant if you have enough of this bacteria. Source: gifbay.com Still, people have reported a reduction in body odor and clearer, softer skin after just a month of forsaking modern bathing and instead using the AO+ Spray. So if you’re short on time, why not try a new method of hygiene, go old-school human, and save 10 minutes a day on a...

Harvard Med Tackles the #SELFIE

Ladies and Gentlemen, Harvard Med School has done it again. First they wow’ed us all with their “What Does the Spleen Do?” Parody of “What Does the Fox Say?” and now they’ve tackled the #SELFIE hit by the Chainsmokers. The Harvard Medical School Class of 2017 put this together for accepted students revisit and let me tell you, if the prospective students weren’t swayed by the “Harvard” name to begin with, this video most definitely won them over. Now go...

This Haunting Account of First Moments in Blindness Will Make You Rethink Your Perspective on Life and Love

It’s good habit every now and then to take some time to reevaluate our perspectives on the world around us. This short documentary is a dramatization of the audio diary by theologian John Hull, whose journey into blindness is one filled with not only fear and uncertainty, but also hope and realization of the beauty in life. It’s an evocative and deeply personal struggle that offers a depth of perception that’s refreshing and insightful. Here are some of the more thought-provoking lines from the short documentary: “I found that memories of photographs were more easily recaptured.” “To what extent is loss of the image of the face tied up with loss of the image of the self and what is the consequent feeling of being a ghost or a mere spirit?” “We have lost something very close, something very intimate.” For the story behind ‘Notes on Blindness,’ click here: nytimes.com/notesonblindness   All images are screenshots from the...

The Coolest Surgery You’ll Ever See

I can’t decide if this video is brilliant, hilarious, or a smidge too creepy because of the narrator’s accent. Maybe all of the above? Nevertheless, if you’ve always wanted to see what really went on behind the scenes at Build-A-Bear, here’s your chance. Perhaps the purpose of the video is a lesson from Teddy to make sure no cigarettes end up in our bon-bon layer… What do you...