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[Easy English Blog] Christmas
italkyoutalk

I live in Japan, but I usually spend Christmas in the UK with my family. I have lived in Japan for 20 years. Every year, I go back to the UK for Christmas. However, this year, because of COVID19, I am staying in Japan. It is my first time to spend Christmas in Japan. I … Continue reading [Easy English Blog] Christmas

Cochlear Implants
Joe Kissell

With an external microphone and processing circuitry and tiny electrodes implanted into the cochlea, some deaf people can regain partial hearing. But is this a cure or an assault on entire culture?

San Francisco is getting closer to an e-cigarette ban to protect kids, but it may hurt adult smokers who use vaping to quit
Catherine Shu

San Francisco is getting closer to banning the sale of e-cigarettes in the city in a bid to prevent minors from accessing them—but the new legislation may also hurt adult smokers who are trying to quit. The city’s Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to approve two proposals: legislation that would ban the sale or delivery […]

Health and Pregnancy: Science has gone too far - FML
FMyLife

Today, I went in for a full hysterectomy due to medical issues. I came out being 6 weeks pregnant. FML

Have a brainwave
italkyoutalk

Do you know the English expression “to have a brainwave“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning? Petra: Have you worked out how to get more money? Fran: Yes, I had a brainwave yesterday. I’m going to start my own business! Does it mean: a) have a good idea b) have a headache … Continue reading Have a brainwave

[Short Story] A wonderful Christmas Eve party
italkyoutalk

It was Christmas Eve. The small local train was almost empty. It was snowing very hard outside, it was very cold, and it was very dark. Suddenly the train stopped.  Everyone wondered what was wrong. Then the train conductor walked through the train. “I am very sorry,” he said to everyone. “The snow is too … Continue reading [Short Story] A wonderful Christmas Eve party

Unrequited lover - FML
FMyLife

Today, I had to give advice to my best friend and love of my life. What kind of advice? What to wear while on a date with some guy. We're roommates, and she wouldn't stop telling me about everything when she got home. This happens on a regular basis. FML

Kids, Pregnancy and Relatable: No rest for the wicked - FML
FMyLife

Today, our youngest daughter bought her first house and moved out, meaning all three of our kids are now gone, so we can relax and gracefully grow old together, right? Nope. Barely an hour later, my wife showed me a positive pregnancy test. In nine months we have to start all over again. FML

Natalist founder Halle Tecco wants to get you pregnant
Sarah Buhr

Halle Tecco is no stranger to conception struggles. The Rock Health founder and former CEO has been public about her journey on social media, including two rounds of IVF, eventually leading to a healthy baby girl. Now, she wants to help others make babies, too. To get there, Tecco has joined a class of new […]

Love and Relationships: Affection breakdown - FML
FMyLife

Today, my wife can't be bothered to do anything that isn't work, talk about her work, and sit on the sofa. Then she complains that I don't show any affection, when she can be bothered to even talk to me. FML

Modern Fertility raises $15 million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users
Connie Loizos

A fresh $15 million in funding led by Forerunner Ventures should help. Forerunner founder Kirsten Green, who takes a board seat as part of the round, is known for countless savvy bets on a wide number of consumer brands that have taken off with users, from Dollar Shave Club to Bonobos to Glossier. With Forerunner’s […]

Love, Pregnancy, Awkward and Break-ups: Bizarre Love Triangle - FML
FMyLife

Today, I was told by my boyfriend and best friend that they have feelings for each other. I also just found I was pregnant. We have 16 months left of our 18 month lease. FML

Marriage and Cheating: Run, run now - FML
FMyLife

Today, I discovered my husband of 3 years is cheating on me with another woman. Nice to know he has absolutely zero feelings for me at all. FML

Parenting and Motherhood: Give us a hand - FML
FMyLife

Today, I'm solely responsible for my kids, entirely, while my husband goes to the gym, his office, goes running, and plays with his buddies. He wanted kids; I didn't. FML

Using AI to improve dentistry, VideaHealth gets a $5.4 million polish
Jonathan Shieber

Florian Hillen, the chief executive officer of a new startup called VideaHealth, first started researching the problems with dentistry about three years ago. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard-educated researcher had been doing research in machine learning and image recognition for years and wanted to apply that research in a field that desperately needed […]

As vape lung death toll mounts, CDC investigators warn against ‘informal’ THC sources
Devin Coldewey

At least a dozen people have died of an acute lung condition related to vaping, and while officials aren't ready to pin it on any one chemical or brand, they are warning that many of the patients reported buying THC cartridges from "informal sources" — which is to say off the street or online.

Injectsense collects $1.7M grant for its eye implant smaller than a grain of rice
Emma Betuel

If you were to accidentally drop the eye sensor developed by Injectsense you’d have little chance of finding it. Ariel Cao, the founder and CEO, admits as much. But once it’s been implanted into the back of your eye, it can remain there, basically immobile for as long as 80 years – all the while […]

Health, Relationships, Relatable and Parents: Thanks for your support - FML
FMyLife

Today, I've been bedridden for 2 weeks. My mother, a very busy woman who lives 30 minutes away, took me to the doctor's office, which is barely 2 minutes across town. Turns out I have strep, and a bad ear infection. My loving boyfriend of 6 years, who lives with me, just told me to take a hot shower and I'd feel better. FML

Special wedding - FML
FMyLife

Today, on my wedding day, when they said "you may kiss the bride", I swung my wife over in the romantic fashion and went in for the kiss. Unfortunately my hands were sweaty as I was nervous and she slipped under my grip. She fell and was knocked unconscious in front of hundreds of people. FML

FDA says Juul ‘ignored the law’ and warns it may take action
Devin Coldewey

The Food and Drug Administration has put vaping giant Juul on notice with a pair of letters calling the company out for misleading statements about its products and ongoing targeting of teens. It is demanding written answers to a boatload of pertinent questions and expects Juul to respond within two weeks or risk "even more aggressive action" by regulators.

Work and Sexism: Thanks for the support - FML
FMyLife

Today, I came home upset about the sexism in my work place. I just wanted to be alone, but my husband insisted we talk about it. I noticed he kept looking over and one of his hands was moving. He was playing video games the entire time I was spilling my guts. FML

Health, Pregnancy and Poopoo peepee: The joys of motherhood - FML
FMyLife

Today, I've had such bad constipation during my fourth pregnancy that I have now had to manually scoop the poop out of my ass to get things moving again. FML

Health and Painful: GERD Gang! - FML
FMyLife

Today, I learned that I have multiple gallstones, even though the lab report said I only had one. However, the pain is both in my left side and right side, as well as around my navel. I also have Chronic GERD and IBS. FML

As demand for mental health services soars, SonderMind raises $27 million to expand its services
Jonathan Shieber

“Our real focus is on democratizing mental healthcare,” says SonderMind co-founder chief executive, Mark Frank. His company, founded back in 2017, is having a moment. With the restrictions and economic stresses caused by the government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S., demand for mental health services is soaring. And […]

Work, Relatable and Sexism: Looks aren't everything, but sometimes… - FML
FMyLife

Today, I've been doing some of the duties of an ex-coworker who resigned a month ago. Now they've given her position to someone else, who doesn't even have the experience all because she "looks the part more." Apparently, I need to "get laser eye surgery, get on Jenny Craig, and buy 'curl tamer shampoo'" to get promoted. FML

LightForce Orthodontics wolfs down $50M to straighten out that crooked smile of yours
Haje Jan Kamps

Everyone’s set of teeth are different enough that orthodontics has traditionally been part artistry, part medical witchcraft. In the late 1990s, Invisalign changed the industry with customizable aligners, but it turns out that aligners only serve 30% of orthodontics patients. For the rest, there hasn’t been much in the way of innovation — until LightForce […]

Intimacy, Sex and Frustration: Craving it - FML
FMyLife

Today, I realized how low my husband's libido has gotten over the years. He has zero intention of trying anything to fix it, no matter how hard I try. I don't even think I'm horny anymore as much as intimately touched starved. He ran his hand down my back in passing and I almost burst into tears. FML

How a Romanian medtech startup helped US doctors treat refugee Ukrainian cancer patients
Mike Butcher

An innovative new medical startup in Romania helped doctors from three countries collaborate to treat Ukrainian cancer patients made refugees after Russia’s brutal invasion. The “Tumor Board” project was initiated by doctors from the U.S., Romania and Moldova to provide life-saving treatments for displaced Ukrainians with cancer. A collaboration of Heal 21 Association and Blue […]

Love and Cheating: Unreasonable - FML
FMyLife

Today, my boyfriend left me because he found out I cheated on my first boyfriend when I was 12. That was back before I knew what "cheating" was and I thought it was okay to love more than one person. FML

Legacy, a sperm testing and freezing service, raises $1.5M
Kate Clark

Bain Capital Ventures bets on fertility.

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