Spotlight On: The Digestive System

Credit: iStock Most of us don’t think much about our digestive system unless it’s causing problems. An upset stomach, vomiting or even just a growling hungry tummy can draw our attention to this part of our body and make us wonder why it isn’t working quite the way it should. The digestive system is our … Continue reading Spotlight On: The Digestive System

Can Going Organic Cut Your Cancer Risk?

Credit: iStock As the new year starts, many people make resolutions about following a healthy diet. It may not seem important to choose between two different apples at the grocery store. They’re both apples and therefore healthy choices, you might say to yourself. But if one of those apples has been organically farmed, some research … Continue reading Can Going Organic Cut Your Cancer Risk?

Season’s Greetings from I Spy Physiology!

Credit: iStock I Spy Physiology is taking a short break for the holidays. We’ll be back in 2020 with more physiology news, facts and features. While we’re gone, check out these winter-themed posts: Is (Winter) Happiness in the Eye of the Beholder?Bring on Winter! (But Stay Safe and Healthy) And don’t forget to catch up … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from I Spy Physiology!

2019’s Most-read Posts

Credit: iStock The year—and the decade—is drawing to a close, and we’ve had another physiology-ful year on the I Spy Physiology blog. In 2019, we’ve explored how horses power themselves and how groundhogs survive the long winter, and we have highlighted the important breakthrough of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis. We’ve also continued to … Continue reading 2019’s Most-read Posts

Is (Winter) Happiness in the Eye of the Beholder?

Credit: iStock Long winter nights got you down? If you’re having trouble getting in the holiday spirit and these emotions feel more persistent as the season progresses, it may be time to talk to your doctor. For some people, this time of year triggers a type of winter depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD … Continue reading Is (Winter) Happiness in the Eye of the Beholder?

Spotlight On: DNA and RNA

Credit: iStock At some point in your life, someone may have told you “You have your mom’s eyes” or “You have good genes.” Well, it all has to do with your DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is made up of two long strands of genetic codes that are connected by four molecules. These molecules—two on each … Continue reading Spotlight On: DNA and RNA

Can Intermittent Fasting Help People with Diabetes?

Credit: iStock In November, we celebrate Thanksgiving—arguably the biggest food holiday of the year—and recognize National Diabetes Month in the U.S. More than 30 million people living in the U.S. have diabetes—about 29 million of them have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes makes it harder for you to use insulin (insulin … Continue reading Can Intermittent Fasting Help People with Diabetes?

The Surprising Health Benefits of ‘Yo-yo’ Dieting

Credit: iStock It’s not really news that obesity and the trend of increasing waistlines seems to only be heading upward—and outward. Despite efforts to fight the fat, many people end up regaining the weight they lose when they diet in a phenomenon known as “weight cycling” or “yo-yo dieting.” Weight cycling can be frustrating, and … Continue reading The Surprising Health Benefits of ‘Yo-yo’ Dieting

Ground-breaking Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Is a Testament to Basic Research

Credit: iStock Roughly 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis (CF)—a progressive, degenerative disease characterized by the buildup of unusually thick mucus in the lungs and other tissues. It occurs when a mutation causes a specific protein, called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), to malfunction. In healthy people, CFTR moves electrolytes in and out … Continue reading Ground-breaking Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Is a Testament to Basic Research

Try High-intensity Interval Exercise: Your Brain Might Thank You

Credit: iStock Imagine burning 30 percent more calories in half the amount of time you usually spend working out—and continuing to burn calories after the workout ends. High-intensity interval exercise (HIIE)—a type of workout that alternates bursts of intense cardiovascular exercise with brief breaks—does just that. A recent study from Brazil suggests that HIIE does … Continue reading Try High-intensity Interval Exercise: Your Brain Might Thank You