American Physiology Summit Twitter Highlights: Day One

The 2023 American Physiology Summit is the inaugural solo annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, designed by and for physiologists with speakers to spark inspiration and spaces to evoke collaboration. Excitement for this year's meeting, held in Long Beach, California, is evident not only on-site, but also online. View Twitter highlights from Day One … Continue reading American Physiology Summit Twitter Highlights: Day One

Spotlight On: Obesity

Credit: iStock Obesity, broadly defined as “a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body,” has long been recognized as increasing the risk of human disease and death. Hippocrates, often called the “father of medicine,” noted in the fifth century B.C. that “sudden death is more common in those who … Continue reading Spotlight On: Obesity

Thinking about Spring

Credit: iStock According to the calendar, it’s spring—and depending on where you live, the trees may already be blooming as the temperatures begin to climb. If you live in a colder climate, don’t worry, your time will come for warmer days and balmy evenings. “What does spring have to do with physiology?” you may ask. … Continue reading Thinking about Spring

How Your Liver Handles Fat Is a Fine Balancing Act

Image created with Biorender. Credit: Rory Cunningham Keeping a healthy amount of fat in your liver is simple on paper, but a little more complicated when you look under the metabolic hood. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of liver injury that can range progressively from fat accumulation inside liver cells (steatosis), to … Continue reading How Your Liver Handles Fat Is a Fine Balancing Act

Spotlight On: The Respiratory System

Credit: iStock The respiratory system delivers oxygen to the cells in our body and removes carbon dioxide, the gas our cells constantly produce. Every time you take a breath, you take air in through the nose (nasal cavity) and sometimes the mouth (oral cavity). There are guard hairs inside your nostrils that help cleanse the … Continue reading Spotlight On: The Respiratory System

A New Way to ‘Beet’ High Blood Pressure

Credit: iStock Beets may not be the most popular vegetable, but they can’t be “beet” for good health. Beets are rich in nitrate—a compound found naturally in plants that can lower your blood pressure. A recent study in rats found that beetroot juice prevented the blood pressure-raising effects of eating too much salt. This research … Continue reading A New Way to ‘Beet’ High Blood Pressure

Why ‘Springing Forward’ Isn’t Good for Your Heart

Credit: iStock Ahh, spring is in the air again! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and warmer weather has finally arrived—at least in some parts of the country. However, likely everyone’s least favorite phrase associated with this time of year is: “spring forward!” That’s right, with springtime comes our annual ritual of turning … Continue reading Why ‘Springing Forward’ Isn’t Good for Your Heart

Depression and Sports: A Double-edged Sword

The 2022 Wayne State University football team in a huddle. Credit: Tamara Hew-Butler The mythology and physiology that characterize winners from losers remains elusive. While physiological profiling—studying biomarkers and body composition and using wearable technology—of “superhuman” athletes continues, our unsatiable quest for greatness often minimizes how our mental health can affect our physical health, athletic … Continue reading Depression and Sports: A Double-edged Sword

How COVID-19 Affects the Gut Microbiome

Credit: iStock COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is known as primarily a respiratory disease. However, between 11% and 39% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 report having gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or belly pain. GI symptoms are associated with a high risk of hospitalization and disease severity. As our understanding of the … Continue reading How COVID-19 Affects the Gut Microbiome

Spotlight On: Hearing

Credit: iStock From the calming sound of birds chirruping to a warning honk of a car, your sense of hearing is integral to your understanding of the world around us. Certain sounds can help you sleep, calm your mind, cause feelings of panic or stress, or even evoke nostalgic memories. You might wonder why this … Continue reading Spotlight On: Hearing