Polio, unique among humanity’s eradicated diseases, carries with it a visual familiarity that has insistently lingered far beyond its demise.
Boys and girls with leg braces and dual crutches.
FDR in his wheelchair.
Rooms full of iron lungs mechanically keeping children alive.
Paradoxically, that very immediacy has defanged our towering horror of the disease somewhat – we realize that all of ... [Read More]
Meet Kathryn "Kay" Hodges. At 97 years young she is a Public Health Nurse for the borough of Emerson in New Jersey (has been since 1967) and the state’s oldest licensed registered nurse. Armed with three quarters of a century’s worth of experience and knowledge, Kay, who finished nursing school in 1941, still spends her days ... [Read More]
“Meet Lauren. Because the United States doesn’t guarantee paid family and medical leave to new moms, dads or anyone with serious personal or family health issues, she’s had a very, very, very long five years.”
A new PSA from the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) ... [Read More]
It was a cold Rhode Island winter in 2010 that led Courtney Church to start scanning the Periodic Table of Elements. She wasn’t looking to bone up on her chem savvy; she just had the sudden urge to try to create words and phrases using the one and two-letter abbreviations of the elements’ names. Little did she ... [Read More]
The 1960s and early 1970s were the Rock Star era of anthropology, when each year seemed to bring a stunning new glimpse into the early development of man, and being a top anthropologist was to be a household name on par with Buzz Aldrin or Leonard Bernstein. And while individual ... [Read More]
In case you missed SNL last night, here are Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon as secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos taking questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day). ... [Read More]
Some of the most memorable moments of the Women’s March include images of young girls taking up space, using their voices and standing up for what they believe in. It gave us real hope for the future.
But what now? How do we keep these young warriors engaged and support their ... [Read More]
By American Heart Association News - Eve Walker was 12 when her 16-year-old sister Louise collapsed at a party and died on the dance floor.
Sixteen years later, in 2002, Walker had a heart attack.
She’d been having shortness of breath and dull chest pains for several days. ... [Read More]