Monthly Archives: March 2013

World Peace Tears Meniscus – with Photo

Another Laker gets injured – Metta World Peace has torn the lateral meniscus in his left knee sometime during Monday’s loss to the Warriors in Oakland. The injury was initially dubbed a “knee strain.” He had an MRI in Minnesota where the team had a game Wednesday against the Timberwolves.  There’s enough damage that they […]

SoCal Meningitis Alert, Patient loses all 4 limbs – with LINKS

I missed putting a blog post last week – I got preoccupied with Spring Break! San Diego is warning people to be alert for symptoms of meningitis as there has been 16 confirmed cases of meningococcal meningitis across the border in Tijuana. Of the 16 cases, five resulted in death. Last I heard, they’ve found […]

Vision of the Seas Returns with Notovirus

Several news outlets reported that Royal Carribean’s Vision of the Seas ship returned from an 11-night Caribbean cruise with about 5% of its passengers suffering from the norovirus stomach illness. One hundred five passengers and three crew members fell ill, the cruise line said, when the ship arrived at Port Everglades, Fla. There were 1,991 […]

Actress battling leptomeningeal carcinomatosis cancer has 3 months to live

Actress Valerie Harper revealed this week to People magazine that she has brain cancer. The type of cancer she has is leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which is a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live. What […]

Ask Prof: What happens when you pop your joint? Is it bad?

We’re just completing joints in Anatomy, and I had several students ask me about cracking or popping joints. The best answer I found in Scientific American. Here’s a summary: The popping sound comes from stretching the synovial capsule so wide it reaches its limit. If you stretch it even more, dissolved gases in the synovial fluid come […]

Bad Collagen leads to painful sores in kids with epidermolysis bullosa – with photos and links!

This was on CNN a week or so ago, but because I had so much to write on last week, I’ll post this today. Students just finished studying connective tissue and other body tissues (some have practical exams this week on this). CNN spotlighted a patient with a very rare connective tissue disease. Rafi was […]