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#Hashtag: A Brief History

Recently while babysitting, I was picking up the kids from a swim meet, when the youngest one, holding his blue ribbon, asked me, “What does ‘hashtag-one’ mean?” I glanced at his prize and explained that once upon a time, the hashtag wasn’t really a hashtag… Many of us forget the humble origins of the # symbol. Even last week, I was baking when the recipe asked for ‘a # of butter’ and I stumbled. A number of butter? But what number?? And no units! Wait wait wait, a pound… a POUND of butter. Classic mixup. How has one humble symbol taken on so many different meanings over the years? What else did it mean to some, before the world knew it as the hashtag? See this cartoon and more at...

The Doctor’s Foolproof Hangover Cure

For all the pre-meds (21 and up!) and med students heading back to school, here’s something all of you need to see. Every college student has heard of a million and one different cures for the hangover—a cold shower and some strong coffee, Sprite or powerade, vitamins, aspirin, ibuprofen, more alcohol… the list goes on. But there’s a new hangover cure on the market, signed, sealed, and literally delivered by a real doctor.     In December of 2013, Dr. Elliot Nadelson, an urologist based in New York City, founded The I.V. Doctor along with his son Adam, a surgical resident, reported CNN. For $249, one of the nurses will set you up with an IV drip of a personalized combination of nausea, heartburn, and headache meds to rehydrate you back to life with the all right drugs to make your worst hangover symptoms disappear. While the usual clientele may be the New York elite, including celebrities and European princesses, we’re keeping our fingers crossed the I.V. Doctor decides to expand beyond the city and the Hamptons… We’re ready whenever you are doc!   *We refers to our Almost Docs over 21, not me!...

10 of the Coolest Celebrities with Chronic Diseases

Money isn’t everything you know. These stars seem to have it all, but I bet they’d pay a pretty penny to rid themselves of their chronic illnesses. Let this serve as a reminder that being healthy is the greatest gift of all, and that at the end of the day, even the greatest celebrities are still just human. 10. Toni Braxton (Lupus) This vibrant singer has been known as the celebrity face of lupus, revealing to the public what living with the auto-immune disease looks like, and even writing songs about it. 9. Missy Elliot (Graves Disease) While most people remember Missy Elliot from the 2004 hit single “1,2 Step” (which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) few people are aware of the fact that Missy has Graves Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism. 8. Magic Johnson (HIV) While this former basketball legend was hailed for his unique ability to play every position in the game, his seeming untouchability on the court couldn’t prevent him from contracting HIV. Since he tested positive for the virus, our old crony Magic has been a major advocate for HIV testing and a strong supporter in the efforts to find a cure. 7. Nick Cannon (Lupus) Actor, rapper, comedian, show host, entrepreneur; Nick Cannon’s list of professional pursuits goes on and on. Is there anything this guy can’t do? And...

8 Reasons Why Every Week In Med School Is Shark Week

8. When your professor starts an exam question with, “In the remote population of Papua, New Guinea, there is a genetic mutation…” Source: a-nutella-disney.tumblr.com/ 7. When you feel like this on days when you’re not in the library. Source: vulture.com 6.  When interviewees come around on tours. Source: symphonyofthemoon.tumblr.com 5. When that first whiff of formaldehyde hits you on your way into anatomy lab. Source: senorgif.com 4. When sleep finally ensnares you at 3 am, halfway through memorizing the Kreb’s cycle. Source: 4gifs.com 3. The feeling you get when people tell you the best way to get a high Step 1 score is by starting to study during your only summer off between first year and second year. Source: moth-mother.tumblr.com 2. The occasional “Swarming” that happens when someone posts about free food on Facebook. Source: pecuniam.tumblr.com 1. Enter the Gunner. Source: itischewie.tumblr.com Special thanks to Ann Cheung and Albert Du for helping with research for this post. All gifs...

Five Reasons Why You Need a 3D Printer

1. The Price isn’t Outrageous Okay, it may not be in my current student budget, but the fact you can buy a personal one for only $999—that’s just over 3x the cost of the HP Officejet Pro. I mean who needs a regular printer anyways…   2. Study Aids: Think of how helpful dissections are. Imagine being able to print any organ (in plastic) to really analyze and dissect, at your convenience.   3. Clubbing Accessories For all those times you go out and party like it’s 2008, you’ll finally be able to print your own “Club Shades”…   4. Print Your Own Study Snacks I mean this one speaks for itself. Once you’ve gone broke to pay for your super cool printer, at least you can print your own food!   5. You can print YOURSELF Not only do you get a mini version of yourself, but you can also pick any outfit you could dream: doctor, nurse, princess, elf, superhero, gymnast… You can even print a wedding topper with your and your fiancé(e)’s face—guaranteed to be the cutest (pre)wedding present ever.   So, if you’ve got $1000 to spare, it may just be time to invest it in the printer of the future. If you’re not convinced yet, you can still get a lot of these cool things (and create your own designs) from 3D printing sites like Cubify....

Pharma Marketing Gone Wrong: Bowel Prison

I would like to introduce one of the world’s most awkward advertisements the pharmaceutical industry has ever seen. Well done, Dulcolax, well done.     At first glance it doesn’t seem that bad. Then, you’re drawn into the anguished expressions of the little, poops, for lack of a better word, sitting in “jail”… I won’t even start on the tense little hole they’re all gathered around. Is the Ducolax-taker supposed to feel comforted by these guys in the illustration, like “Oh good, I’m not alone! My poops feel as crappy as I do. Literally. Hooray!!” Fox Network Or perhaps, we are supposed to pity them, and take pride in the fact that “Only [we] can set them free” as the tag line says. Whatever the intent, Ducolax has reported an increase in brand awareness by twenty percent, says AdWeek. Maybe as a med student this kind of thing shouldn’t phase me, but after this contorted illustration, I think I prefer the real...

Fools Funding Fools: Which Campaign Would You Support?

Zack Brown wanted to make a potato salad, so he turned to the popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, in search of $10. Olivia Collette was also raising money on another major crowd funding platform, Indiegogo, but with a different goal in mind. Olivia’s cousin Sammy was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma, (PMBCL) and needed as much as $150,000 for treatment. The conclusion of Olivia’s project resulted in a successful round of fundraising; a total of $42,058 was raised to help treat Sammy’s lymphoma, 40 percent more than the project minimum of $30,000, but still over $100,000 short of the money actually needed to cover the entire treatment. Impressed? Zack Brown’s $10 potato salad project has fetched $61,463–and there’s still over a week left in the campaign. Must be some really tasty potato salad, right? Wrong. In fact, Zack’s never even made potato salad.Why in the world would 1,250+ people give $10+ dollars for “a bite of the potato salad,” when they could buy 2 pounds of it for the same price? If I had the answer, I wouldn’t hesitate to share it, but frankly, I’m not quite sure what to think of this whole situation. I guess when it comes down to it, people would rather snag a bite of a mystery potato salad than save a dying woman, but perhaps there are other motives that we don’t know...