Category Embryology

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 […]

Dead Bodies Preserved for Viewing in Buena Park – photos of weird medical museums

Right now we’re ramping up for the Fall term start. It’s tough as I’m not done with all my projects! Sigh. Another professor, my wife and I did make time during the last week to view “Bodies: The Exhibition,” which opened this month. We profs have seen similar exhibits (see below), but not this one. […]

Moebius Syndrome Girl Can’t Smile – with links

There are a lot of things I can write about this week: Pau Gasol’s torn plantar fascia (on the sole of the foot), Chris Paul’s bruised kneecap (patella!), and other injuries. Obviously I’m more of a basketball follower than a football one.  Instead I’ll focus on something more positive! Saw a promo for a Health […]

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Advances Stem Cell Research

The Nobel Prize recognizes two scientists who discovered that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body. Their findings have revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop. We used to think that human cells become only more and more specialized as an […]

Mom is the Source of your Energy

Okay, so this week my students learned cell biology in summary. I mentioned that all your mitochondria comes from your mom! Let’s go back a bit … you know it starts with the sperm and the egg. While the sperm has mitochondria, its mitochondria is located in the neck. During the fertilization process, the only thing […]

Baby given strong magnets instead of big surgery

Andrew and Patrick were born in 2009 in Salt Lake City. It wasn’t long before people realized there’s a problem with one of the twins: he couldn’t poop! Patrick was born with an abnormality called rectal atresia – it affects only 1 out of every 5000 births – that’s 0.02% of all births. In rectal […]