Archbishop Chaput on HHS Mandate: “Unnecessary, coercive and gravely flawed”

In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput says the bishops will need courage as they evaluate the new compromise and decide on a response. Chaput is urging the bishops–as well as the laity–of America to show some spine in the face of the HHS mandate. His words on fortitude and prudence are a concise, potent and relevant catechesis on two [Read More...]

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The World’s First Radiologic Technologist Was …

Sr. Beatrice Merrigan

… Sister M. Beatrice Merrigan, of the Sisters of St. Anthony. She took and passed the first exam to earn the first certificate from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A radiologic tech deals with the patients and actually take the images, which at the time would have been early X-rays. Sr. Merrigan and her [Read More...]

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New Bra May Detect Breast Cancer

First Warning Systems has been working on a high-tech sports bra that may be capable of detecting breast cancer. Sensors in the bra monitor minute temperature changes that can accompany the growth of blood vessels associated with abnormal tissue development. This data is collected and wirelessly uploaded to the First Warning software, which uses a proprietary process [Read More...]

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Doctors Grow An Ear On Woman’s Arm

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Once again, the human body and human genius collaborate on something that’s … incredibly disgusting. But also very cool. The story: The discovery of a rapidly-spreading basal cell cancer in her ear in 2008 required the removal of part of her ear, part of her skull and her left ear canal. But now, in a [Read More...]

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Custom Organs and Co-Creation

I write about these stories from time to time, and with each new headline the ball seems to be a little further down the field. I was particularly taken with a line in this article about Andemariam Beyene, who received a new windpipe to replace one ravaged by cancer. The windpipe was “grown” on a plastic scaffolding using [Read More...]

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Germany: “Yep, We Still Hate Jews”

Yes, this is real.

Did you know that Germany banned circumcision in May? True fact! Why? I … I just don’t know. I know some people get seriously het up about this issue [coughAndrewSullivancough], but I always assumed it was just gay guys and their phallic obsessions. I didn’t know a whole nation has suddenly gone nuts over penises. I [Read More...]

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Should Autism Be a Death Sentence?

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Paul Corby is 23, autistic, and suffers from a potentially fatal heart condition called left ventricular noncompaction. He’s high-functioning enough to have written and self-published a novel for pre-teens, but he also has severe social problems, is prone to emotional outbursts, and suffers from various psychological and developmental issues. He spends much of his day playing [Read More...]

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Fr. D on the National Health

I’ve been circulating this post by Fr. D because I think it’s an important contribution to the conversation and deserves to be read far and wide. His final points are in tune with Distributism, so they caught my attention even though I see some practical problems in implementing them. He fleshes out a bit of the Distributism link in [Read More...]

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