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The Menstruation Machine

The Menstruation Machine

Hiromi Ozaki's Menstruation Machine Researcher and artist Hiromi Ozaki has created the Menstruation Machine, an art installation featuring an appliance for men or boys (or other people who do not menstruate) to wear to simulate the menstrual experience. It features electrodes attached to the lower abdomen to simulate cramps and a blood-dispensing mechanism that deposits simulated menstrual fluid between...
A New Blood Test to “Predict” “Menopause”? Is this What Women Really Want?

A New Blood Test to “Predict” “Menopause”? Is this What Women Really Want?

Collage by Merlinprincesse | Creative Commons 2.0 Guest Post by Heather Dillaway, Wayne State University I keep seeing news articles about a “new Iranian study” that hopes to better predict “age at menopause” for women, and the authors of this study supposedly discovered a “blood test” that will be able to “predict menopause” within the next few years. It is...
Saturday Surfing: Summertime Blues edition

Saturday Surfing: Summertime Blues edition

Institute of Medicine (part of the National Academies) held a series of meetings on Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Institute of Medicine Workshop. Click the “Presentations” button (under “Other Meeting Resources on the right) for details of sessions and topics addressed. At Psychology Today blogs, psychologist Paul Joannides tells how Wal-Mart...
The Disappearing Diaphragm

The Disappearing Diaphragm

Photo courtesy of Jenny Lee Silver under Creative Commons 3.0. Did you know that last year’s combined sales of Yaz and Yasmin, the most popular oral contraceptives in the U.S., totaled $1.64 billion? Did you know the drugs are also the target of 1,100 lawsuits for potentially fatal blood clots? Did you know that an estimated 50 women have died...
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