Why You May Never Have to Give Blood Through a Needle Again
Afraid of needles? Us too. Just typing out that word made us dizzy. Anyone have some OJ we could sip so we can finish sharing some good news for fellow poke-phobes who understand the necessary evil of getting blood drawn? Theranos is a new company looking to reinvent the lab test. With their system, there’s no massive needles (let’s call them schmeedles from now on?), no waiting for appointments and no waiting days for results. Instead, there’s an affordable option for accurate, real-time diagnostic info. All it takes is one bitty pinprick and a tiny drop that could save us all serious cash on our healthcare.
If you have had your blood tested recently/ever you know how it works — you go to the doctor, you wait. You’re referred to a lab, you wait there. Someone draws a vial, sometimes more depending on how many tests you need to run, and you wait for results. Whether you’re afraid of needles or just intimidated by waiting and worrying for the report, Theranos is working to make the entire process a lot less scary.
With their system, you head to your friendly neighborhood phlebotamist who pricks your finger to take a drop of blood that can fit into a cute little “nanotainer.” Their Wellness Centers (located in Walgreens — très convenient) are tranquil, spa-inspired spots to help you reach the level of calm you should be at when dealing with your personal health. To help take some more stress out of the equation, they’ll even be open at times that make dropping by on your lunch break, while you’re running errands or on the weekends easy.
Theranos’ CLIA-certified lab can perform blood tests quickly and accurately giving you and your doctor results in hours. The cost for this wealth of knowledge is cheaper than you might expect — check out their menu here, which lists every test and price so you know what you’re paying for up front. Their rates are always less than 50% of what Medicare would charge and they accept major insurance carriers. If all tests in the US were performed at Theranos’ prices, the company estimates it could save Medicare $98 billion and Medicaid $104 billion over the next decade. Watch this video of Wired editor Caitlin Roper who shares her experience using the service. It made us hope for a Theranos center closer to our office!
Not only does Theranos revolutionize lab testing as we’re used to it, their ideals are in line with where we see the future of personal healthcare heading. With apps, smartphones and wearables that tell you your vitals in real-time and startups making doctor’s visits easier, more accessible and more affordable to do (even at-home!), this is the future of taking care of ourselves.
The first Theranos Wellness Centers is open in Palo Alto, CA and they hope to be coming to a Walgreens in your ‘hood someday.
Would you use Theranos? What other area of healthcare would you want to see a service like this in?
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)