Quote of the Week

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. “

~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Planning on Donating Blood?

By Amanda Morrison, PULSE

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Michigan and/or its affiliates.

If you haven’t tried donating blood, you may be in for a shock. While U of M prides itself on its ever more frequent blood drives in the face of ongoing blood shortages, part of our population is being silenced at a nationwide level. Men who have had sex with men (MSM), even once, are “indefinitely deferred” from donating blood in the U.S. as mandated by the FDA. This ban still holds even with public disapproval by the Red Cross, and other countries removal or modification of this ban (see Wikipedia’s table of countries and their stance of MSM blood donors). Continue reading

Tempting Your Taste Buds

By Hilary Keno, SPH

Information truly is beautiful- and with this outstanding graphic from informationisbeautiful.net, we can see data come to life in an intensely cool way. This image, entitled “Taste Buds- A Visualization of Contemporary Flavors” depicts the flavor patterns from over 1000 recipes. A great way to help those of us who may not have the intuition of a chef, in concocting some flavorful dishes!

Information Is Beautiful / David McCandless & Willow Tyrer

Information Is Beautiful / David McCandless & Willow Tyrer

TED Talk by Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

By Lauren Baker, PULSE

“When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.”