Ted Talk: Stroke of insight

This is one of those blow-your-mind TED talks. Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain researcher, had a stroke. But it wasn’t an ordinary stroke. Because of her training, and her insight into the way the brain works, she actually watched – calmly and with curiosity – as her brain functions shut down, one by one. Not only that, but she felt she attained a new level of consciousness beyond left brain/right brain – and said it was lovely. Totally fascinating.

How about you – have you seen any TED talks that you found fascinating? If so, I’d love to know. It’s great if they’re about medical stuff – but I’m interested to hear about non-medical ones too.

An endo Kahoot and a request

I’m putting together some review questions for you to go through as you study for the final. Here’s the first batch: it’s a Kahoot that covers our endocrine lectures.

Also, I’m putting together a little candy treat, and I’d like to be sure everyone can eat it if they want. Could you let me know if you observe kosher or halal traditions, or if there are certain ingredients you avoid eating? Thanks!

Substance use disorder questions and responses

Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses to the SUD questions! I was SO impressed with your thorough and insightful comments. Some of you had questions for Dustin – he is still working through those, and I will send them out when I get them back.

I thought I’d post some of the responses that really jumped out at me. There were  many, many excellent responses – way too many to post here – so these are just a few. Questions 2, 4, 5, and 6 are more fact-based, so I just picked one good answer for those. Questions 1, 3, and 7 were more open-ended, so I posted several responses for those. Continue reading

As you’re heading into finals week…

…I thought it might be a good time to remind you about my favorite hormone, oxytocin, and some of the ways you might get a bump here and there to offset the stress of studying and taking exams.

Small actions can mean so much.

We’ve talked about how oxytocin promotes trust, connection, and monogamy – all the good relationship stuff. But it may also have another, unexpected effect: improved problem-solving ability (read: better exam scores). Continue reading

How to do a breast self-exam

We talked about how to do testicular self-exams, but I didn’t talk much about how to do breast self-exams. Thank you to the kind student who requested a little more info! It’s so important, because as we talked about in class, if you find a breast cancer while it’s still small, the chances of metastasis are much lower.

Before we talk about the procedure itself, I want to stress that self-exams should be done at least once a month. That way, you’ll become familiar with how your breasts look and feel, and you’ll be better able to tell if something has changed. Continue reading

Change in plans for tomorrow’s class

We have a change in plans for tomorrow’s class – instead of having quiz 6 in class, like we usually do, we’ll be having lecture. I didn’t get through Female Reproductive path today like I had hoped – and since there’s not a lot of wiggle room left in our course (we only have two more weeks of class!), I’d like to use tomorrow’s time to go through that material.

So I’m making quiz 6 an online, take-home quiz. Feel free talk to each other and use your notes as usual! We’re using Polldaddy instead of Kahoot because I think it’s a little more reliable for this type of thing. Be sure to enter your name and email so I know who you are 🙂

Click here to take quiz 6