Some Real Numbers
The battle for vaccine/no vaccine is an on-going one. Personally, like a lot of medblrs, I don’t think it should even be a question and EVERYONE should be vaccinated. But we see a lot of unverified studies, claims and guesses… so here are some very real numbers regarding vaccinations in my area today.
In California last year, there were four cases of measles. This year… there have been 58 cases. 13 imported from other countries, 25 people who were unvaccinated with 19 being intentionally not vaccinated. 11 were vaccinated, and 4 of them showed immunity.
In Long Beach (CA) alone, 42 cases have been reported since January. Only 15 cases were reported in 2013, and 4 cases in 2012.
Numbers like this are hard to see… It is something so preventable, yet something we seem to be getting away from. PLEASE! Science can help, get vaccinated!
This was a PSA from mediclopaedia
Who needs focus pills?
Before there were ritalin or adderall… there was THE ISOLATOR. This bizarre helmet supposedly helped focus by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen and limiting their vision to a tiny slit.
How awesome is history?
Misophonia The other side of ASMR
@maunzendemaus and heroinandotherdrugs both commented on the last post regarding their complete opposite reaction to certain sounds. This kind of negative experience whether it be hatred, disgust, or even anger is categorized as Misophonia. The sound can result from many different types of sounds, starting from small whispers to other repetitive louder sounds.
The origins of Misophonia is still argued, and there are categorizations into both neurological and psychiatric disease. Other similar, but unique sound -related pain include hyperacusis, which is categorized to specific frequency or volumes.
There are no current cures for misophonia but psychiatric therapy seems to have been effective for many patients along with physical sound barriers such as ear pieces.
Despite the excellent job that the comic strip did on making the characters.. people seem to have a very diverse opinion on what the green organ is suppose to be.
1. Gallbladder: Of course this is the correct answer, people seem to either be empathetic towards him because he is so sad.. or spiteful because it caused them gallstones in the past.
2. Bladder: Yes, the bladder can have stones, usually the kidney stones that travelled down there which is shown in the other cartoon. But yeah.. our bladder isn’t bright green. And gallbladder and bladder do completely different things. The word “bladder” refers to an inflated or hollow bubble/sac, so that’s why they both have the word in it. To be more accurate we can call one urinary bladder, and the other gallbladder.
3. Kidney. Surprisingly this is one that has been constantly showing up. I think this goes back to “kidney stones” and just somehow jumping to the conclusion that since there are stones involved, that it must be the kidney. But yeah.. once again, completely different. And more importantly.. it says gallbladder in the cartoon.
I thought it was interesting to see how this comic had been read by many others. We should have anatomy as a requirement sometime in our high school education, not just as a chapter in a freshman bio class.
The Quieter the Better (The Euphoria Whisperer)
So I’m not sure how many of you heard about autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), but it has been gaining more and more followers everyday.
The sensation is described as a tingling feeling on the top of the head, a pleasure down your spine, or more simply put: a brain orgasm. It was first related to the sound of whisper. People whispering triggered this feeling in many people.. and then it took off.
People started making youtube videos of them trying to trigger ASMR for other people. The people who were able to recreate the feeling for others more often started gaining a cult following, as master whisperers. Today there are videos with millions of views, with people asking for hundreds of requests. As the videos got more popular, the triggers evolved also. It started turning to role playing, to additions of certain type of sounds such as clicking noises, or waves.
One main critique is the strange relationship it seems to have to porn. The whisperers are more often women, and all the people experiencing ASMR have their own tastes. They have different things that turn them on, and the idea of a woman whispering in their ears is strangely reminiscent of bed talk.
It is still very new, so no real methods of measurements have been figured out. Dr. Stafford from University of Sheffield:
It might well be a real thing, but it’s inherently difficult to research. The inner experience is the point of a lot of psychological investigation, but when you’ve got something like this that you can’t see or feel, and it doesn’t happen for everyone, it falls into a blind spot. It’s like synaesthesia– for years it was a myth, then in the 1990s people came up with a reliable way of measuring it.
If you get the chance check out a video here by Gentle Whispering. Unfortunately, I don’t really know what the feeling is suppose to be like.. but do you feel anything?