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Does this look like the face of a killer? Well, OB/GYNs have been warning pregnant ladies for years about the risks of the cat-borne parasite toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis. The parasite can cause serious birth defects and miscarriages, and can kill newborns. But now it turns out adults are at greater risk of infection than previously believed. According to the CDC, toxoplasmosis has infected 22.5 percent of the human population in the United ... Read More
  In this paperless e-world of ours, it's fun, retro, and just plain courteous to send an actual thank-you note, emblazoned with a stamp and everything. (And no, a text that reads "kthanxbai" does not count as a thank-you note.) According to Nancy Sharon Collins' book, The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery, it's a practice that we should keep up. "A thank-you note is always appropriate. Any act of ... Read More
  Many of you know that Chik-fil-A makes a lot of sandwiches and donates a lot of money to anti-gay organizations. However you might not be familiar with the badass LGBT activist who shed light on this company and their hateful activities in January of this year, long before the recent hubbub. Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you Hillary Dworkoski, dedicated gay-rights activist and college sophomore. Dworkoski is responsible for the change.org petition ... Read More
  That's right, folks-- the BUST Magazine issue-release party is *tonight* at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn. (557 Manhattan Ave.) We’re celebrating our August/September issue (with the fantastic Tavi Gevinson on the cover), so stop by any time after 8 p.m. for free magazines, cheap drinks, DJs, and rad bands. Bring all your lady bros! (Man bros also very welcome.) This’ll mark the first of a series of free (you know, as in zero dollars) ... Read More
If you live in NYC, you’ve probably heard about fracking recently. We blogged about Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon leading a group of high-profile New Yorkers against the practice, a drilling method which can release a bevy of harmful chemicals into our water and air, damaging our environment and our health. It turns out that many of these chemicals are especially detrimental to women; ecologist Sandra Steingraber has even taken to classifying fracking as a ... Read More
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