2:43 pm - 03/02/2014

Links Round Up: Week Ending 28 February 2014

Hi and welcome to the latest installment of our Links Round Up. :)

For folks who don't know, the LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here.

To submit articles for next week's round-up, e-mail vpteam@vaginapagina.com. If you have additional articles you'd like folks to know about this week, feel free to comment directly to this post.

As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream sources' comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter.

This week's round-up includes: running blood tests with only a drop of blood, an interview with a trans yoga teacher, and exploring sex in a fat body.

  1. This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood by Caitlin Roper at Wired (Keywords: blood, medical testing, technology, women inventors, health care)
    Holmes, now 30, dropped out of Stanford and founded a company called Theranos with her tuition money. Last fall it finally introduced its radical blood-testing service in a Walgreens pharmacy near company head­quarters in Palo Alto, California. (The plan is to roll out testing centers nation­wide.) Instead of vials of blood—one for every test needed—Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods.

  2. Sparkle Thornton Is A Trans Yogi by Ewan Duarte at Original Plumbing (Keywords: yoga, gender, trans*, mental health)
    Being transgender is what makes me feel most vulnerable while teaching, and on a good day it also makes me feel special. I think trans-identified yoga practitioners can be an inspiration to all cisgendered yoga practitioners.

    Being an out trans woman to me means my struggle can be seen from the outside. I think a lot of people can relate to this, not just trans people. I haven't had many trans identified and queer identified yoga students yet, but I am wishing for them.

  3. Jiggle is Hot: Exploring Sex in a Fat Body by Ragen Chastain at Ms. Fit Magazine (Keywords: sex, fat, body image, body policing, mention of specific weight numbers, disordered eating)
    I really truly believed that fat women who loved their bodies were magical creatures who had been unscathed by the culture’s prohibitive body expectations. I thought they were like magical unicorns with cryptic gifts. It turned out when I began to read their stories that this was so far from the truth. Women who love themselves despite the culture’s self-hate imperative are very brave and very strong and have had so many of the heart-breaking struggles I had but they’ve chosen to fight back. It turned out that they were actually magical but for totally different reasons than those I’d originally imagined.

Sorry the list is so short this week: I've spent some extra time writing, which left less time for reading. Feel free to add your own links and recommendations in the comments!
nightchild01 2nd-Mar-2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
The blood test story really excites me! I can't do blood tests without sedation 'cause having a needle in me that long makes me panic but I can handle finger pricks. I've not had blood testing done in 11 years because of my panic issues. And it's more affordable. Plus, Ms. Holmes is super smart. Great story!
vikkilynn 2nd-Mar-2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I was interested in reading the last article linked but get a 404 Page Not Found error.
eavanmoore 2nd-Mar-2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Take off that final " in the URL and it'll work.
frolicnaked 2nd-Mar-2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
Fixed, thanks!
stothyra 3rd-Mar-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
The blood test one is really cool! I'm not scared of needles, but I don't like getting my blood drawn. I'm a really hard stick and I think about 95% of the time they miss me at least once before getting blood. Knowing how much a test will cost before getting it done is very useful, too.
frolicnaked 3rd-Mar-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Yep. I have no problem with needles, but I have been chronically and seriously anemic. It always struck me as counterproductive that in order to monitor the health of my blood, they had to take so very much of it each month.
nightengalesknd 3rd-Mar-2014 03:50 am (UTC)
I've found some doctors do a better job than others about realizing how repeated blood tests can contribute to anemia, particularly in people who are hospitalized and getting daily labs ordered. Sometimes I joke that the indication for labs seems to be the "presence of blood vessels" rather than a real need for the tests that often.
hadespuppy 3rd-Mar-2014 04:36 am (UTC)
My mom was in the hospital after her hysterectomy, and she was having some bleeding problems. They drew blood four times to test and see if she needed an infusion....now that seems counterproductive!
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