The Tokyo Bunnie blog (the home blog of the marvelously adorable company Bored Inc.) is sponsoring an I Heart Guts giveaway starting today! Go forth and click to get first dibs on a free plush heart, gland sticker pack, plus testicle and ovary pins! Woooo hooo!
Disco Bear gets a heart transplant following a breakfast of deep-fried butter in Happy Tree Friends ultra-disturbing episode “Change of Heart.” What we learned: don’t eat deep-friend butter.
Medical students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, recently took some time off their busy schedules to participate in a scavenger hunt for organs! The students wanted a creative way to encourage people to sign up as organ donors during Organ Days, a week of raising awareness about organ donation during Donate Life Month, so they enlisted our guts to use as prizes in various events. We’re pretty sure the guts had a good time, too.
Natalie Cole got a new kidney in a successful kidney transplant last Tuesday, Reuters has reported. Cole had been undergoing dialysis three times a day to treat Hepatitis C, even as she toured to promote her new album, “Still Unforgettable.” The nine-time Grammy winning singer admits she probably got to disease from drug use over 30 years ago. Let’s hope that kidney is everlasting! [photo courtesy Reuters]
This fall is shaping up to be one of the most medical drama heavy seasons ever to hit the tube. Now that “ER” and “Scrubs” are gone, we get “Nurse Jackie,” which stars Edie Falco as a nurse with a speed habit, “Miami Trauma” is a new medical drama fashioned by Jerry Bruckheimer, and “Three Rivers” is yet another medical drama about a group of organ transplant surgeons in Pittsburgh. We’re eager to see which organs will star in each episode!
We are extremely excited about our new organ and gland lapel pins, so much so, in fact, that I’m writing about them again. Though you would appreciate seeing them all together and labeled and such. We’re gonna have to play a round of “Pin the Pituitary on the Body” around here. Actually, that could be really fun…
The kiddie section of Apartment Therapy has a poll going on with our guts right now — are plush organs hot or not? This seems like an odd question to put to stuffed plushies, posed, as it often is, to partially clothed women trying to look like Paris Hilton and shirtless dudes. Anyway, as of 9:45 PST, 25 people think guts are hot — “much more fun than a stuffed bunny and educational” — and 5 people say the guts are “not really something to snuggle up with.” Anyway, vote if you feel like it.
One of the winning designs in the educational category for The Society of Publication Designers awards was this mesmerizing drawing by Jennifer Lee, done for the HHMI Bulletin (a biomedical research foundation). Thanks to Street Anatomy for sharing — do check out their incredible collection of vintage anatomy art. Amazing!
Can drinking juice be that good for you? Pom Wonderful seems to think so. The pomegrante juice company has spent $25 million bucks on studies to prove that their juice cures all that ails you — from heart disease to diabetes. Their latest ad campaign takes aim at prostate health, which is a pretty unsexy incentive to drink juice, even though, yes, we agree keeping the prostate healthy should be a goal of all men, whether young or old. Whether it’s just great marketing or great science, we don’t know, though we have heard anecdotal evidence that drinking the juice of one lemon a day is good for prostate health, as is eating a balanced diet rich with fruits and veggies — which is probably pretty much good for everything.