Hormones that participate in the regulation of blood glucose
By: Tarek Musslimani
Glucose is a sugar which is used as cellular fuel by human cells. Many tissues in the body have several sources of fuel molecules to generate energy in addition to glucose such as fatty acids and amino acids. Glucose is a unique source of energy...
Physiology of potassium ion regulation in the human body
By: Tarek Musslimani
Potassium ions are alkali metal ions which are important physiologically due to their important function in nerve conduction and muscle contraction. For this reason the body has allocated two known hormones to regulate their level in the blood. This is in addition to regulation which...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Overview: The human clavicle is considered to be a ‘key’ like structure and is said to be a long bone of the body although there are several differences from a classical long bone and the clavicle. It extends from the sternum in the front...
Cryptococcus gattii: Deadly strain of fungus spreading in the US
By: Shirley Love
I recall a commercial from a couple of decades ago that warned us that “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” I would like to add to that catch phrase, and issue an even more dangerous warning when I say, ”It&rsquo...
By: Tarek Musslimani
Sodium ions are very important physiologically due to their role in monitoring the function of the nervous system. Sodium ions along with potassium ions regulate the function of the nervous system by maintaining an electric potential across the cellular membrane of neurons. This is done...
A robotic pancreas to control type 1 diabetes
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Driven by his 7-year-old son’s daily blood sugar tests and insulin injections to counter type 1 diabetes, the co-founder of internet sites CitySearch and Overture (formerly GoTo), Jeffrey Brewer, has taken a new approach to the insulin pump approved in the 1970s to automate...
The role of the pancreas in diabetes
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The pancreas is the gland responsible for releasing the hormone insulin in response to blood sugar, or blood glucose, levels. The insulin and blood glucose cycle is a constant process for the body to use ingested sugars as energy. Diabetes is a condition in which...
The Interphone study on cell phone radiation and brain cancer
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The INTERPHONE study was carried out from 2000 to 2004 in 13 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and UK) as the largest epidemiological study of cell phone use investigating a potential association with the occurrence of...
Glioma: Symptoms and treatment
By: D. Vogt
Glioma is a specific and highly dangerous form of cancer which arises in the glial cells, glue-like cells which occur between neurons in the brain and spine. It is quite uncommon, with only about 10,000 cases occurring in the United States each year. Tragically...
The spread of flu in various weather conditions
By: D. Vogt
Why is there a flu season? It's a surprisingly difficult question to answer. In most cases, the traditional and somewhat superstitious equations between viral infections and weather turn out not to hold water - for example, you catch cold from being exposed to the cold...

 

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