Blood clots and The Pill: my story

Blood clotsIt all started after a night spent curled up on the couch in front of the TV. I turned it off, stood up, and immediately felt a sharp cramping sensation in my right leg, towards the top of the calf. I put it down to being unfit and figured it would be gone by the morning.

The next morning, the pain was worse. I managed to hobble around school as usual for most of the day, waiting for the pain to go, but it didn’t. I was also bothered by the strange sensation of “pins and needles recovery”: that feeling in your legs after you’ve been sitting on the ground for a while and one of them has gone numb, but then stand up and the feeling slowly pours back into them.

The following day was just as bad, but I refused to let a leg cramp stop me from going to play laser tag with a group of friends that evening. As I raced around the maze, I had to keep stopping to catch my breath. I was struggling to breathe. Continue reading

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Why this “contraceptive chip” would be great

contraceptive chip microchipIn July this year, a US tech startup called MicroCHIPS announced their latest product in development: a contraceptive microchip. The tiny chip would provide birth control for up to 16 years and – the best part – could be turned on and off via remote control.

Strangely (or predictably?), the immediate response to this news was suspicion. Suspicion that the device could be easily hacked.

I don’t know, when I read the news, my initial response was “where do I sign up for this, right now?” (It’s still in the development and trials stages, so it’s still very unavailable at this stage.)

You see, I think this sounds fantastic. Fantastic for so many reasons. Continue reading