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Anatomy & Physiology

The Endocrine System: The Thyroid and Parathyroids

The thyroid gland: it’s the beautiful butterfly of the endocrine system, and without it, regulating your body’s metabolism would be tough. There are also these cute little nubs coming off of the thyroid called the parathyroid glands. They don’t get ...
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Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology: 4 Facts About the Cervix

It’s January! Time for New Year’s resolutions and a whole lot of snow (for us New Englanders at least). But did you know that January is also ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Energy & Metabolism Part 2: Cellular Respiration

In Part 1 of our Energy & Metabolism overview, we talked about the different types of nutrients your body needs and how it breaks them down into ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Energy & Metabolism Part 1: Nutrients

Do you ever feel like you need more energy? Maybe you stayed up all night studying for exams, or you just finished an intense workout at the gym, or ...
Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology

Everything Outside Is Secretly Out to Poison You: A Look at Biological Toxins and Venoms

Welcome back to yet another episode of "Madison is unhealthily and creepily obsessed with poisons!" Today's starring cast consists of microbial ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Organophosphates, Hydrocarbons, and Corrosives, Oh My!: The Pathophysiology of Agricultural and Industrial Poisons

If you're like me then when you first hear the term "poison" you picture a little eerie flask with a skull and crossbones on the label. Image ...
Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology

The Precious Pancreas: Insulin, Glucagon, and Digestive Juices

Located behind the stomach and at the back of the abdomen is the six-inch-long, tadpole-shaped pancreas. From head to tail, the pancreas extends ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Mitosis and Meiosis: What's the Difference?

Did you know that right now, inside your body, some of your cells are making copies of themselves? Don’t worry—that’s normal. Your cells need to make ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology: Anatomical Position and Directional Terms

For those of you who have taken an A&P course (or are taking one right now), you know that before you get to learning about the body you need to ...
Anatomy & Physiology

DNA and RNA Basics: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is one of the most important molecules in your body, and though around 99.9% of your DNA is the same as that of every ...