Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ask Prof: What causes eye color? – with lots o’ links!

So some of my Anatomy students just had a practical on the eyes. One inquiring mind asked, if the iris is made up of muscle, are the muscles green in people with green eyes? As a review, for those who’ve forgotten: The colored part of the eye is the iris and has muscle that controls […]

What does Lakers Steve Nash have in common with a woman about to give birth?

Epidurals! My Anatomy students remember when we’re discussing the spinal cord a couple weeks ago that it ends around the L1 vertebra – so below that, we just have horse’s tails (caudae equinae) floating in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). So it provides an opportunity to send drugs directly to the verterbral canal or to […]

Freezing Nerve Pain Away with Argon gas

This is a reprint of a Stony Brook (NY) Medicine Press Release = http://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/newsroom/moore I remember a news article stating they use argon gas, but it is not noted in this press release:   Stony Brook Specialist Freezes Nerves to Knock Pain Out Cold Patients with neuralgia find relief after Dr. William Moore’s cryoneurolysis procedures STONY […]

Kobe tears calcaneal tendon – out for season

Kobe left the game last Friday night during their win at Sacramento after heeling his Achilles tendon pop. You Anatomists know the Achilles as the calcaneal tendon, right? In an interview Saturday after Kobe had an MRI, they say it’s a “third degree rupture.” As longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said, “It’s gone. It has […]

Ask Prof: Does Muhammad Ali have Parkinsons or Alzheimers? What’s the difference? – with Links

Student asked me this a couple days ago. Parkinsons and Alzheimers are easily confused, although they have different primary signs and symptoms. (tangent: do you know the clinical difference between a sign and a symptom?) Muhammad Ali, the famous boxer, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984. It’s a disease that’s common to head trauma […]

Kevin Ware (Louisville) sustains open, compound tib-fib fracture on live TV – VIDEO LINK

I’ve been waiting a whole week to post this. After our Twitter accounts get realigned next week or so, I’ll be able to do a quick tweet on “significant anatomy events,” like this. Everywhere I went on Monday, students and colleagues asked, “Did you see the Ware fracture?”  While it might be gruesome to watch […]