Category Genetics

Post 109 – USA Sled Hockey Players Journey to the Gold Medal

I watched the Paralympics last weekend – the US beat the Russians in Sled Hockey! They talked about an inspiring video that features how these players got to the team. They all suffered some injury where they lose the ability to use their legs. I encourage you to look at the video, which goes over […]

Vampires: A Medical Explanation

  It’s that time of the term. Feels like the dog days of summer: crunching and pushing through. As typical, students are resisting, but once they stop resisting, they’ll breakthrough! And that’s what we’re all looking forward to. I promised a look on Vampires for Halloween. I know most of you are aware of Dracula […]

Today’s News: New Gluten Standards help those with Celiac Disease

This came over the news wire today and reminded me today is FRIDAY! Time to post. So I might as well post about this: Today, your Food and Drug Administration released new regulations to define gluten standards in food labeling. Until now, different manufacturers would set their own standards for what is considered “gluten-free.” They […]

Adult lungs transplanted in child: Spotlight on cystic fibrosis

Special Saturday Post. Oh, wait, by the time I post this, it’ll be Sunday. One of my classes just went through respiratory system, and another will go through that in a couple weeks. It makes a great time to talk about something in the news. Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis, came into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]