Bee-ware the Cause of Childhood Asthma

Childhood asthma has reached epidemic proportions across the globe for unknown reasons. Maternal smoking is associated with childhood asthma, but a study published in 2005 suggested that if your grandmother smoked, you were at greater risk of developing asthma than if your mother smoked. How could this happen?   Your genes determine the traits you … Continue reading Bee-ware the Cause of Childhood Asthma

A New Meaning for ‘Food Baby’: How the Burmese Python Digests Big Meals

Thanksgiving dinner can leave the stomach feeling and looking stuffed beyond capacity. The Burmese python goes beyond the post-meal bulge: Its intestines and other organs grow too, and these changes happen within days of eating. A recent study in Physiological Genomics examined how the organs can grow so much so soon. The Burmese python takes … Continue reading A New Meaning for ‘Food Baby’: How the Burmese Python Digests Big Meals

A Berry Interesting Experiment, Indeed!

Physiology Understanding (PhUn Week) takes physiology to the classroom through scientist-student outreach. Each year, more than 14,000 students learn about physiological concepts led through interactive lab experiments, such as this one as described by middle school science teacher Anne Joy: As part of our PhUn Week activities, we talk to the students about genetics and … Continue reading A Berry Interesting Experiment, Indeed!

Why the Y Difference in High Blood Pressure?

One in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure (hypertension). Although men and women are just as likely to develop hypertension during their lifetimes, men younger than 45 have hypertension more often than women that age do. Scientists wondered if this difference is because the male hormone testosterone affects physiological processes differently than … Continue reading Why the Y Difference in High Blood Pressure?