Category Neurology

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 116 – The “90+ Study” of Laguna Woods Featured on CBS News’ 60 Minutes

I like that 60 Minutes features Health and Science “articles” – seems like almost every week. Couple of weeks ago, I featured people who couldn’t forget a day in their lives. This week it’s research right here in Orange County at University of California, Irvine, that sheds new light on factors that may allow us […]

Post 115 – Ask Prof: Surviving a flight in a wheel well

Last month, the world was mesmerized when a 15-year-old Somali boy survived a flight in a Hawaiian Airlines wheel well for a flight from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. Right after the news broke, a student asks me during class… how?!  So in another one of my class tangents, we had a discussion to explore the […]

Post 111 – “Princess Lacey” becomes the March Madness Spotlight

During my March Madness watch recently, CBS Sports had a spotlight on a unique relationship between a player with Michigan State and an eight-year-old battling neuroblastoma. Adreian Payne  met Lacey Holsworth two years ago during a hospital visit when she was first diagnosed with a large tumor in her abdomen wrapping around her spine.   […]

Post 107 – Health Effects of Springing Forward

As we spring forward this weekend, I heard there are more heart attacks and car accidents, so I wondered why?! I didn’t get the complete answer I wanted, but this is what I found out. When we move our clocks, it changes when our bodies are used to sunlight. Light is the principal time cue […]

Post 106 – Spotlight on Snakebites

There’s so much anatomy-wise going on in our world right now. I have a list of 50-some topics I would love to write about, just so little time! Last day of the month, so I looked at my list I added from the past days, and saw I haven’t talked about the TV star of “Snake […]

Post 105 – Ask Prof: How real is it on the movies when they twist someone’s neck to kill them?

How gruesome. Someone in one of my classes wanted to know if you could kill someone by twisting their neck like in the movies. Here is what happens from the anatomy-physiology side. They’re imagining that the neck breaks at C1 or C2, and sends pieces into the upper spine to cut off breathing or heartrate […]