Video games and apps for your vagina: a newer (but not necessarily better) way to Kegel

Dr. Jen Gunter

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There are two new high-tech ways that aim to help you with Kegel exercises, both with Kickstarter campaigns. There is the Skea (Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), basically a video game that proposes controlling the avatar with a vaginal probe that uses the pelvic floor muscles and kGoal, a vaginal insert that is meant to connect wirelessly with your smart phone and measures your squeeze pressure and the number of reps etc. (kGoal has reached their funding, as of August 10, 2014 Skea has not).

I’ve been asked by numerous people what I think about these devices, so here goes.

Kegel exercises are a very low-tech no cost way to treat urinary incontinence. (Other low-tech  no cost methods include bladder training, timed voiding, weight loss, and elimination of bladder irritants). Many women also report stronger orgasms when keeping up with a Kegel regimen.

Kegel…

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Stopping Ebola in the U.S. starts with transferring the two patients from Dallas to Emory

Dr. Jen Gunter

The stunningly horrible news from this morning: another health care worker at Dallas Presbyterian has contracted Ebola.

Health care workers are at extremely high risk for contracting Ebola as patients produce an enormous amount of infected body fluids. I read one report that says 10 liters of liquid stool a day. And then there’s the vomit. Many need procedures that increase the risk of exposure.

While the CDC has argued that standard infectious precautions are adequate, the images and reports from Africa indicate that a higher level of personnel protection is in play than I’ve ever seen used in North America – full body suits (every inch covered) in addition to spraying down with bleach before degowning.

Reading how the biocontainment units at Emory and Nebraska are designed, from the protection for workers to how they meticulously treat lab specimens and infected wastes, leads me to believe that while…

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Being Gluttony – II

Psychedelic Engineer

This is my body. I have lived in this body my whole life. I have wanted to change this body my whole life. I have never wanted anything as much as I have wanted a new body. I am aware every day that other people find my body disgusting. I always thought that some day—when I finally stop failing—I will become smaller, and when I become smaller literally everything will get better (I’ve heard It Gets Better)! My life can begin! I will get the clothes that I want, the job that I want, the love that I want. It will be great! Think how great it will be to buy some pants or whatever at Levi’s. Oh, man. Pants.

Instead, my body stays the same. There is not a fat person on earth who hasn’t lived this way. Clearly this is a TERRIBLE WAY TO EXIST. Also, strangely enough…

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Scary and Revolutionary: 8 Films That Helped Define the Horror Genre

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Horror movies have long been a source of thrills and entertainment for us all, especially around this time of year. While sometimes they can be misconstrued as films that rely on cheap scares and over-the-top monsters in lieu of plot-driven stories, the genre is full of great movies that could satisfy even the staunchest movie buff. From the early days of Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff to the “scream queens” and documentary-style scarefests of the last few years, the horror genre has been nothing if not persistently popular.

It would be hard to rank any one film as having the most impact on the film making side, especially considering the genre has so many sub-genres within itself. However, there are a select few that have helped to definitively shape the horror culture as a whole.

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Net neutrality? Competition? Free enterprise? All of the above!

Sweet Talk

UPDATES: There’s been good discussion on Twitter regarding this post. I have added updates at the end.

Introduction:

Net Neutrality is great, but there’s an achievable policy that’s even better. Get the solution that provides consumer protection AND entrepreneurial innovation AND good Netflix download rates.

Main:

What’s going on?

The news of the day is that President Obama has announced that the FCC should reclassify Internet service providers (like Comcast, Time Warner, and Google Fiber) from “information services” to “common carriers”, essentially transforming them into something more like a utility (like your local Gas & Electric Company) than the competitive business you know today. The FCC is an independent agency, so Obama’s announcement isn’t policy, but of course the President’s words have weight and meaning.

The Problems

Of course, some readers are already scoffing. “Competitive business? What competition? Most local ISP markets are one-provider affairs. There’s no competition from the…

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Borrowing stories

Lettergrade

The internet may have felt particularly full of garbage this past week, but I have been extra appreciative of personal bloggers, and how their stories have helped us communicate during the worst and most necessary debates.

The Ghomeshi sexual violence scandal began to break a week and a half ago, and immediately made social media a particularly fraught place to run into your friends. Whether the topic was guilt without prosecution, the complicity of the CBC, the role of gender or the responsibility of the accusers, big solid lines were drawn, emotional sides were taken, people… surprised (and dismayed) each other.

It has been a fascinating read, watching how the focus and vocabulary of the conversation has changed by the day. I have been super charged to see how personal blogs have fundamentally affected the conversation.

You wrote the script out

The story initiated and then advanced in segments —…

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‘Before I write a word, I need to know clearly what I want to say’ (a Q&A with John Eisenberg)

Ed Odeven Reporting

John Eisenberg (Photo by Gene Sweeney, Jr.) John Eisenberg (Photo by Gene Sweeney, Jr.)

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By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Oct. 17, 2014) — Chronicling the big games, the big moments, and the cast of sporting characters who have captured the public attention have given John Eisenberg countless opportunities to tell these tales.

As a longtime columnist for The Baltimore Sun, Eisenberg focused on Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens coverage, Triple Crown horse racing season and Maryland Terrapins athletics, among other topics. In his books, he’s tackled some ambitious subjects (oral history of the Orioles, Vince Lombardi’s first season with the Green Bay Packers, racehorse Native Dancer, aka The Grey Ghost) and been recognized on numerous times for his work, including in Associated Press Sports Editors contests.

I recently caught up with the 58-year-old Eisenberg, who now writes columns for the Baltimore Ravens’ website, to essentially find this out: What does all of the above mean to him?

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When…

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