Here Comes the Sun (and the Heat)

Summer is in full swing, and with a near-peak number of daylight hours, chances are good that there is still plenty of light left to enjoy once your workday is done. Before you get outside and bask in the sun and heat, check out these I Spy posts that explain how your body responds to … Continue reading Here Comes the Sun (and the Heat)

Childhood Stress + Immune Overactivity = High Blood Pressure in Adulthood?

About 35 million adults in the U.S. may develop high blood pressure because of negative events that happened to them during childhood. Researchers are exploring how an event you experience when you’re a kid can cause high blood pressure as an adult. About 35 million children in the U.S. experience early-life stress (ELS). ELS is … Continue reading Childhood Stress + Immune Overactivity = High Blood Pressure in Adulthood?

Taking Ibuprofen during Exercise May Cause More Harm than Good

Every January gym memberships spike and the wait to get on the treadmill gets longer. This happens because about 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, the most common of which are exercising more and improving fitness. Some people may believe in the concept of “no pain no gain,” but it’s a common misconception … Continue reading Taking Ibuprofen during Exercise May Cause More Harm than Good

Out in the Sun? Think about Your Kidneys!

When your body gets overheated, it responds in several ways as it races to cool you back down and prevent serious health problems. Heat stress is when your internal body temperature rises above the normal range of 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit. This triggers physiological responses geared toward maintaining normal body temperature. Our internal body … Continue reading Out in the Sun? Think about Your Kidneys!

Desperately Seeking Kidneys: New Future for the Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease?

The kidneys are an important pair of organs responsible for filtering water and waste out of the blood to produce urine. They help regulate blood pressure and produce hormones that the body needs to function properly. Kidney disease is often considered a silent disease because there are usually no detectable symptoms in the early stages. … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Kidneys: New Future for the Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Physiology as Haiku for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, APS members and staff wrote physiology-themed haikus—because science is art, too!                                                               - Stacy Brooks

Water: Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Water is arguably the best drink on Earth. Drinking water provides undisputable benefits to humans, other animals and plants. We know it’s possible to overwater a plant, but what about us humans? Can we drink too much water? And is it worse to be over-hydrated or under-hydrated? “Many, many more people die from over-hydration than … Continue reading Water: Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Why Does Coffee Make You Have to Go?

That morning cup of coffee usually leads to a bathroom run later. You did just ingest liquid, but it’s also because the caffeine in coffee is a diuretic—a substance that stimulates the kidneys to release more urine. We know this effect of caffeine well from our daily routine but how caffeine interacts with our kidneys’ … Continue reading Why Does Coffee Make You Have to Go?