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Posts tagged anatomy

February 6, 2007

 

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The Knee Jerk Reflex

Our doctors always test our knee reflexes, but why is it so important?

January 2, 2007

 

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Thick Skin

What does it mean to be "thick skinned"? Why is some skin thicker than other skin?

October 31, 2006

 

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Healing Exercise

You may think that resting is the good for letting your body heal, but exercise might actually be best. Find out why!

August 13, 2006

 

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Flip-flops and Feet

We live in a casual age, at least when it comes to footwear. But can these laid back sandals actually be harming your feet?

June 27, 2006

 

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Bed Rest, Space Travel, and Bones

Astronauts and people on bed rest can experience gradual bone loss that increases their risk of fracturing a bone. Here's why.

March 8, 2006

 

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What’s The Point Of The Appendix?

Can you really survive without an appendix?

January 23, 2006

 

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Cloudy Vision

Thanks in part to the wonders of modern medicine, people are living longer than every before. Living to a ripe old age does have its drawbacks, though.

December 23, 2005

 

Painful Thoughts

Despite the wisdom of the constitution, it is simply not true that all people are created equal. Some are faster than others, some are better at math and some are musical geniuses, and some people have a higher threshold for pain than others. However, as a one study suggests, the ability to withstand pain is something that all people can improve upon, whether or not you’re born with this peculiar talent. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 1, 2005

 

Pained Ankle

Your step the wrong way off a curb and sprain your ankle…or is it a strain? A strain is when you badly stretch or tear a muscle. A sprain is when you stretch or tear ligaments, or part of a ligament. A Moment of Science.

November 23, 2005

 

Bone “Magic”

If you suffer a serious bone break, to repair it, your surgeon might fuse small pieces of bone to the broken bone. Back pain surgeries sometimes involve a similar procedure. These small pieces of bone don’t come from a Petri dish. The bone has to be removed from your hips or a rib. Sound painful? It is. It’s an operation that can potentially lead to serious complications. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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