Cube farms, or the more politically-correct term -- open offices -- were originated for a few reasons. The main reasons were to help companies save money and to foster collaboration between co-workers.
But, if you've ever worked in an open office environment you have probably shared some of the same annoyances most of us have felt...noisy cube mates, lack of privacy, strong smells, etc.
While they require sperm donors to be tested for communicable diseases, the FDA does not mandate testing donors for genetic diseases or disorders. Consequently, there are hundreds of known cases of children born to mothers who used a sperm donor who suffer from genetic illnesses, many severe. The New York Times speculates there could really be thousands that are undocumented.
Considering that parents conceiving children the old-fashioned way often still roll the genetic dice, do you think that the FDA should require genetic testing of sperm donors and their sperm before they are allowed to donate?
Following up on the tanning bed story from a couple of weeks ago, the term "Tanorexia" was being tossed around quite a bit in the media. We asked our Healthy Skin blogger, dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, to write a piece explaining Tanorexia .
What do you think?
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On May 14 & 15, HBO will air its "The Weight of the Nation" series that will explore obesity in the U.S. WebMD is going to be following the show with our own series of blog posts starting next week. The facts are certainly disturbing.
It seems that there is no end to the airport security stories. This time, a 16-year-old girl with Type 1 diabetes was forced to go through a full-body scanner even though she had a doctor's note asking that she be patted down instead. Her parents claim her $10,000 pump was ruined.
People with other medical devices, such as pacemakers, should also go through pat-downs rather than the body scanner.
What would you do if the TSA tried to force you through a scanner when you knew it would affect your medical device?
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Tanning beds seem to attract teenagers as they strive to bronze up for prom or for the upcoming beach season. And, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer among 15 - 29-year-olds. Scary.
Many states allow children over 14 to use tanning beds with parental consent.
What do you think of tanning beds? Should they be better regulated? Should children be able to use them, even WITH parental consent?
How have you discouraged your own teens from using tanning beds?