When I was a child, there was only one place where I fell asleep at night without any problem. Even at my own home, I had a hard time falling asleep. There were a lot of noises coming in from the outside, or some sort of family drama would seep in and take my sleep. [...]
What is the most basic thing a society needs to thrive? What does my daughter need to be successful? As it turns out, it's not that difficult to have a well trained and well educated society. You just need good schools.
When I was studying medical technology, my professors and mentors emphasized the need to learn to do by hand all of the procedures that automated instruments did. Those instruments, which are veritable robots, can do a complete cell count in a few minutes. Doing a complete cell count by hand takes at least an hour [...]
Epidemiology is the basis for much of the work that goes into public health. From the research that gives us the evidence we need to conduct good public health policy, to the work that is done investigating outbreaks, we use epidemiology to help us understand what we are seeing. It's a scientific branch (or a [...]
I was sitting at a class in which I'm a teaching assistant, and I counted the number of students using a laptop to take notes and keep up with the lecture. Out of 30 students in the class, 27 of them had a laptop open (not necessarily to class-related materials) and an additional two had [...]
One of the best ways to learn is through visualization of the terms you are trying to understand. This Kickstarter project by "Medcomic.com" is aiming to help you learn medical terms in much the same way as those Saturday morning cartoons taught you about standing up to bullies, if you're a rabbit. Gorgeous visuals and bright colors will help you remember these terms, and more. Check out the Kickstarter campaign linked in the blog post.
The professor asked the class what a "confounder" was. I raised my hand and answered, "A confounder is something that is associated with both the exposure and the disease, but is not in the causal pathway between an exposure and a disease." That is how I learned what a confounder is. That is how I explain [...]
Mom used to work late into the day when I was a kid. School usually ran from 8am to 1pm for me in Mexico, so I was alone at the house from 1:30pm to about 4pm or 5pm if my grandmother wasn't there. Juarez, Mexico, was a whole lot safer when I was growing up [...]
None of us was born running, unless we are clones raised in vats of some gooey liquid. We were born pretty much helpless. Little by little, the connections in our nerves continued to mature and we started crawling, then standing up while holding on to things, and then walking. Those first few days, walking was [...]