The You&Me Blog

Our contributors aren’t idle when they aren’t writing for us. Here are some sites to visit to learn more about their lives and passions. Warning: You could spend a ;lot of time on these pages. Melissa Janisin has a blog. http://goodnessmadness.com/ And so does Laura Roche http://www.lauraroche.co.uk/ Sara T. Baker has a website about her project http://saratbaker.com/ Kristin George has a blog to check out as well http://strength-in-pain.tk/
This week we are having a theme week; focusing on emergencies. We have a new article from Danielle Currier, and will have another experience to share later this week as well. Check it out!
An Update on some of the fantastic contributors whose stories we are featuring this week. Janel Atlas http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/shadow-of-a-stillborn-an-accoun... has published a book They Were Still Born, https://www.amazon.com/Janel-C-Atlas-Personal-Stillbirth/dp/B004QEY8OU, featuring personal stories about stillbirth. Dwight “Ike” Valdez, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/helen-keller-was-right continues to work as an audiologist At Alliance Audiology in Concord, NH. Shaunna Privratsky, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/hes-not-the-man-i-married is a writer...
A note for our esteemed query-ers. Sometimes we try to reply and we get an automated message back that your email is no good. If you have not received any reply to your question or query, you may want to consider resending under a different email address. Also, for all, if your email address does not contain your name, please consider putting your name in the subject line along with your subject ("submission query" or similar.) That way your email will be easy to find if we need to communicate with you. Thank you and thank you very much to all who have submitted queries. We really do...
You&Me—America’s Medical Magazine: fighting Internet slackness on myth at time! Today we take on one persistently annoying myth, that the cast and crew of “The Conqueror” a bad movie made in 1956, staring Rita Hayworth and John Wayne, all died of cancer due to some unspecified “radioactive testing” in the state where the piece was filmed. Well, you’re shocked, aren’t you? “Why I know that for a fact!” you splutter doing a spit take with your coffee. Guess again, Strawy McStrawperson. Just because something gets repeated a lot doesn’t make it true. The Internet is actually pretty confused...
Today we are taking a look back at some of our earliest contributors (2008! We still published on paper!) and wondering what they are doing now. Mary Weeks-Ayala, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/colon-cancer-death-sentence-rev... unfortunately did not live much longer after her article was originally published. She passed away December 22, 2008. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary-preview.aspx?pid=121741470 We’ve probably given a shout out to Amanda Rippen (White) http://www.amandarippenwhitephotography.com/ before. But we’ll do it again, because she’s just so talented...
Here at the You&Me America’s Medical Magazine blog we love the history of medicine, and frequently post musings, factoids and other interesting tidbits from the past. But the editorial we is getting quite tired of people retroactively re-diagnosing historical figures. You know, “maybe so and so didn’t have x, they had y!” In baseball the tie goes to the runner, in foil the point goes to the fencer with right of way and in diagnoses, the diagnosis, in the absence of being able to exam the patient and often the lack of any x-rays, vital signs, lab test, MRIs. CTs and so on, has to go to the...
Disease go away. We know that. Sometimes it’s because of heroic efforts to eradicate them. Or perhaps we just create new categories, expectations and descriptions that replace the old entity. And sometimes it’s just what the heck? For example, bladder stones. Two hundred years ago it seemed like everyone in Europe had them, especially the men. In fact, contrary to what you might expect, it was a disease of young men, and in some areas it was so prevalent as to be considered endemic. Nowadays if you google “bladder stone” first up you’ll get a mix of articles on kidney stones in people and...
With the 100th anniversery of the Battle of the Somme coming up recently we were moved to visit the medical care of World War 1. This is King George Hospital, a giant military hospital in Stamford Street, Waterloo, London. If it looks like they're sitting in a warehouse it's because they are. The hospital was created out of a requisitioned, repurposed warehouse, which apparently took some doing, between modifying the original structure and labor problems. The hospital opened at the end of May 1915 and closed June 15, 1919. http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/kinggeorgestamford.html has a bunch of...
Don’t eat poop …and other lessons from Tudor times. When it comes to death and disease, we’re all magical thinkers. If we just do x, or do it hard enough or often enough, then y (in this case death or diabetes or cancer) won’t come. It’s a useful fantasy in some ways, but in other ways it’s not so helpful. Because when fantasy intersects with public policy, then you have problems. For instance, the other day the National Health Service poohbahs in the UK were having one of their regularly scheduled meetings to declare they were experiencing various crises, and especially they were way over...

Pages