SpineScreen App Helps Detect Signs of Scoliosis in Kids

You guys, I have to tell you what the folks over at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa are working on right now.

Parents can now check their child's spine for possible signs of scoliosis with the new app SpineScreen developed by Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, SpineScreen detects curves as the cell phone is moved along a child's back, giving parents a quick, informal way to regularly monitor their child's spine.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can restrict movement and in some cases lead to other serious medical conditions. It is most commonly diagnosed between 10 and 15 years of age, when children grow rapidly. Some cases, however, can go undetected. At this point in a child's life, fewer vaccinations are required, so they may see a doctor less often. Since early detection is crucial, Shriners Hospitals physicians encourage parents to download the free SpineScreen app and check kids as part of their back-to-school routine each year.

"Because there is often no known cause, monitoring for scoliosis is an important part of a child's ongoing health care," says Amer Samdani, M.D., chief of surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia. He adds, "It is a progressive condition, so early detection is key. At Shriners Hospitals, our care ranges from routine monitoring to some of the most advanced treatments for scoliosis. The earlier we see a child, the more options we have available."

Shriners Hospitals created the app as part of a broader initiative to highlight the importance of regular screenings and to educate parents on the signs of scoliosis and treatment options.

"With doctors and staff who are global leaders in the treatment of scoliosis care, parents turn to Shriners Hospitals for Children because they know their children will receive the best care possible," Gary Bergenske, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Since scoliosis usually requires ongoing medical treatment throughout childhood, our commitment to provide care regardless of the families' ability to pay is a huge relief to parents."

If you have immediate concerns about your child's spine or other possible medical conditions, please consult your health care provider. For more information on scoliosis screenings, treatment options and to download the SpineScreen app, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/scoliosis.


OneFilmNY…. Wait, one film? ONE? You realize it's New York, right?

The NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has teamed up with chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis of The New York Times to choose five great films all shot in New York City.

To help New Yorkers decide, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has enlisted the help of several prominent New Yorkers. Sting and Trudie Styler, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Laverne Cox, Katie Holmes, and John Leguizamo each shot videos where they touted their personal favorites. Those celebrity videos, trailers for the five films, and instructions on how to vote are available at NYC.gov/OneFilm.

The winning film will be screened on September 13th, for free in all five boroughs, in parks and select independent movie theaters. The aim is to give every New Yorker access to a night out at the movies and to support these vital cultural institutions.

I'm all for unity but New York City can't even agree on a baseball team. I'm just saying.

The winning film will be announced on September 6th, and the public parks in every borough will host an outdoor screening of the film. Select independent theaters throughout the city will present free screenings the same night. Screening locations will also be available at NYC.gov/OneFilm.

Happy Voting, NYC!

'Awaken' trailer and the Impending Brain Explosion

Stop what you're doing and watch the trailer for Tom Lowe's Awaken.

Your brain exploded, didn't it?

From Awaken's website:

AWAKEN is a feature documentary from filmmaker Tom Lowe that explores humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world. Shot over a 5-year period in more than 30 countries, the film pioneers new timelapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography techniques to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world. AWAKEN is a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos.

According to DP Preview, Awaken is a feature documentary—created by Lowe in collaboration with Dubai Film—that explores "humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world."

I don't know about you guys, but I'm definately seeing this one. There's no release date yet but I'll keep you all posted in the meantime.

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Netflix Binge: GirlBoss

I'm going to preface this with the fact that I did little research about this new Netflix show before brain dumping the whole first season (yeah, roll your eyes, you know you do the same damn thing).

I mean, I watched the trailer about a week ago and knew it was about the now bankrupt webstore NastyGal creator, Sophia Amoruso, but I had little idea about much more of it.

Then I mass binged on GirlBoss and wasted an entire weekend of my life.

Okay, so it wasn't a full weekend. But it was a good 6.5 hours... and that time is gone. GONE FOREVER.

The show started out mildly amusing. I'm a fan of Britt Robertson, I dig her snarky deliveries. She was pretty awesome in Ask Me Anything and when Secret Circle & Life Unexpected were on, I remember digging her style.

But it's literally not her fault that I disliked the show: It's Sophia Amoruso's fault.

I thought the flow of the show was great, I thought the acting was good, and that's about it. The content of the show pissed me off. I HATED Sophia Amoruso as a person (or, at least, how she is portrayed in the "loose retelling of true events... real loose").

I watched the trailer and was drawn to the world I was a part of: the internet in the 2000's, making a name for yourself, being empowered, and empowering others.

This chick...

The whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way. This is a girl who I would purposefully avoid talking to at all costs (and avoid being associated with) and not just because she's rude. Because she's an asshole.

Somehow the shows direction becomes about a boy.

Yawn. Eyeroll.

COME ON. You've gotta do better than that.

The end of the series may have been me circa 2006-2009. And maybe that's why I disliked the show. I know how it feels to run a website where the awesome comments are what keep you going. But I never treated anyone the way this psycho treats her friends, her boyfriend, her parents, or her neighbors.

Also, if RuPaul is your damn neighbor, you best come with a little bit more respect then that.

I've never been to LA and maybe I just don't get it. I don't know, nor do I care. And damn, do I feel really bad for disliking this show. I'm supposed to be a supportive woman to other women, right?

Well, except for Sophia and Lena Dunham... I dislike both of them.

I'm all for making money, I can't discredit anyone for trying to get that paper. But this show just didn't do it for me.