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Post 127 – SPECIAL – BREAKING – Indiana Pacers’ Paul George suffers tib-fib fracture during scrimmage for USA Basketball

(apologies if you see a gruesome still photo from YouTube video above – I have no control on adjusting that) This was such a flashback of April 2013 with former students emailing me, “Prof! Did you see that?” April 2013 was when Kevin Ware had a similar tib-fib fracture. Although I’ve had several times students […]

Post 126 – Ebola Outbreak – a BSL 4 agent! Evacuation of Americans back to United States

I thought about writing this post last week, but it has captured nationwide headlines this week, often leading national and radio news. A prior post focused on Biosafety Level 4 laboratories that do research on untreatable, deadly agents such as Ebola.  As I speak, a long-range Gulfstream jet with a specialized isolation unit is evacuating […]

Post 125 – Ask Prof: oral contraceptives (the pill)

Student asked me: how does the pill work? (a male student, no less) So I gave him the basics on what is in the pill and the feedback to the brain to eliminate the LH surge that causes the egg to be released at ovulation. So let’s go through the basics and the rest of […]

Post 124 – Special Presentation of Kippel-Feil Syndrome and the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid

I had a student a couple years ago who kept coming back to my class to talk about her hearing implant and her very rare illness. She came back one last time this summer before she starts her accelerated nursing program at California State University – Fullerton. I’ll call her ST for now – until she […]

Post 123 – Smallpox, Anthrax and Influenza in the news (BioLevel labs at the CDC)

My BSL4 Post is probably the most popular one I have, and CDC’s BioLevel 2-3-4 laboratories have been making enough news this week to last a couple of more blog posts. Tuesday, July 8 – Reports surface of 6 vials of smallpox virus from 1954 that were found in a cold storage room used by the FDA on […]

Post 122 – Fractured Vertebra knocks Brazilian star Neymar out of FIFA World Cup (with X-Ray Photo)

Like most Americans, I kept an eye on the World Cup while the USA team was in the initial rounds, then getting knocked out by Belgium last week. (oh, by the way, this is soccer – football for the non-Americans, in case you don’t know)…I even had a live video from the internet playing on […]

Post 121 – Anatomical Man comes to life in Australia (Video)

Honestly, I thought I already posted this long ago, but during a discussion in one of my summer classes, I found out I hadn’t – so here it is, thanks to my student Aliya for finding the initial link. In an anatomy class at RMIT University in Melbourne, a student is transformed with the help […]