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What's Blood Got To Do With It? Blood Vessel Basics

We all know that blood is important. It’s not just the favorite food of vampires and mosquitoes—it’s a core element of keeping human bodies alive and ...
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When Your Spine Feels Less Than Fine: Common Spinal Pathologies

As much as we would all prefer to stay young forever, we’re only human...and our human bodies age. Our bones, tendons, joints, and ligaments ...
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Neuromuscular Interactions: How to Move a Muscle

One of the first things we learn about the brain is that it’s in charge of the rest of the body. It not only allows us to imagine rainbow unicorns ...
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Word Games: Fun With Anatomy Etymology

Have you ever stared into the depths of your A&P textbook and wondered who named all that stuff? There is a dizzying array of anatomical structures, ...
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Learn Muscle Anatomy: Common Sports Injuries 101

It’s no secret that exercise is an important component of keeping our bodies healthy, and athletic activities are a great way to have fun while we ...
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You've Got Some Nerve(s): Exploring the Spinal Nerves

At about 45 cm long, the human spinal cord is an information superhighway that connects the brain to the rest of the body. That may seem tiny ...
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Does Tryptophan Make Me Sleepy? A Look at an Amino Acid with a Bad Rap.

If you've ever been to Thanksgiving dinner at anyone's house ever, you've probably heard something along these lines: "I'm so tired because I ate too ...
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Anatomy and Physiology: A Peek at Lower Leg and Foot Pathologies

You rely on your legs and feet all day to get you where you need to be, support you while you wait in line at Disneyland, and help you keep your ...
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Biggest Challenges Facing Anatomy Teachers in 2018

Over the past year we asked hundreds of anatomy instructors this question: “What are the biggest challenges facing you and your students?” Last week, ...
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Anatomy and Physiology of the Lower Respiratory System

We breathe anywhere from 17,000 to 24,000 times a day (or more!), and most of the time we don't even think about it. We can focus on the more ...
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