Pregnancy

Image showing a developing fetus inside a dark-skinned female

So much happens in the body throughout the duration of pregnancy. In this post we will be focusing on the anatomical and physiological changes of organs that change to accommodate for the growing fetus. The complex metabolic demands the pregnant body requires urges changes that affect almost all organ systems. Not to mention the placenta […]READ POST

How We Breathe

Image showing the respiratory system in a dark skinned male

“Now take a deep breath in through the nose, and now let it out through the mouth”. If you have ever taken a yoga or breathwork class, you may be familiar with this type of command. Breathing is vital to our lives, but focusing on our breath can have multiple benefits to our wellness. Deep […]READ POST

World Malaria Day

Image showing the malaria parasite life cycle. (1) Infected mosquito bites skin. (2) Parasites infect liver. (3) Liver releases parasites. (4) Parasites infect red blood cells. (5) Uninfected mosquito bites skin and becomes infected, and the cycle repeats.

The 25th of April marks World Malaria Day. Malaria is a disease contracted from mosquito bites. Specifically, from mosquitoes that are infected with a parasite from the genus plasmodium.   (1) When an infected mosquito bites your skin, it can transfer the parasite to you. (2) These parasites travel to the liver where they mature. The […]READ POST

Skeletal Muscle Microanatomy

Image of skeletal muscle microanatomy showing the tendon, epimysium, perimysium, endomysium, muscle fascicle, blood vessels, nerves, mitochondria, myofibril and sarcolemma.

Skeletal muscle is one of the three main types of muscle found in the body; cardiac and smooth muscle being the other two. Skeletal muscles are under voluntary control and are responsible for moving our bodies. Let’s explore the anatomy of skeletal muscle starting with one of the smallest units, the myofibril. Myofibrils are contractile […]READ POST

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Side profile of the brain within the skull. On the left, the image shows the head tilting back. On the right, the image shows the head tilting forward, with the brain impacting against the skull.

March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month. Let’s explore one of the more common types of brain injury, a concussion. A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury. A concussion may be caused by a large impact or trauma to the head. Concussions can also be caused by rapid acceleration and deceleration of the […]READ POST

How We Sweat

With the new release of Dune: Part 2 coming out shortly, some of you may be familiar with the impressive stillsuit worn by the main characters. This ingenious concept collects the body’s moisture through its sweat or urine. It then filters the impurities out to create drinkable water. An ideal resource while spending days out […]READ POST

Coronary Artery Bypass

Visual of a heart with a coronary artery bypass graft. Visual of a close-up of the internal structure of a blocked coronary artery, showing that blood cannot pass properly

A coronary artery bypass or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure used to treat coronary heart disease. When the major arteries become clogged by fatty substances, a CABG diverts blood flow around the congested parts and aids in oxygen supply to the heart. It is estimated that around 200 million people in […]READ POST

Matters of the Heart: Exploring the Rare Condition Myocarditis

Simply put, myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. Although it is a rare condition, it can develop from a viral infection, a drug reaction, or as a general inflammatory condition. This is a serious condition as the inflammation can reduce the ability of the heart to pump blood and in severe cases the heart […]READ POST

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Cross-section of the eye showing the improper drainage of fluid in the anterior chamber that is characteristic of glaucoma

January marks Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a condition that affects the eyes. It can be caused by a number of factors. The most common cause is the build-up of fluid in the anterior chamber of the eye due to the fluid not being able to properly drain. This in turn can lead to increased […]READ POST

‘Tis the season…for rhinitis

At this time of year, there are different seasonal worries. In the southern hemisphere, where it is summer, rhinitis can be more prevalent. While in the northern hemisphere, where it is winter, the flu is more widespread.  Rhinitis is inflammation and swelling of the nasal passageway. This is caused by a trigger or allergen that […]READ POST