Photoblog: Institute on Teaching and Learning 2022

The end of a successful Institute of Teaching and Learning. Credit: Victoria Halperin Kuhns The 2022 American Physiological Society (APS) Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL) was held at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Wisconsin last month, where attendees were greeted by a friendly and colorful badger. ITL offered a multitude of lectures and workshops … Continue reading Photoblog: Institute on Teaching and Learning 2022

Brain-Lung Crosstalk: How the Brain and Lungs Communicate with Each Other

Credit: iStock As the body’s “command center,” the brain’s job is to communicate with other organs to make sure all our body systems are in proper working order. But you may not know that people who have brain injuries are also more likely to develop respiratory disorders. This is due to the brain-lung axis—how the … Continue reading Brain-Lung Crosstalk: How the Brain and Lungs Communicate with Each Other

Too Much Salt? Try Some Fiber

New research in rats finds a diet high in the prebiotic fiber inulin offered a protective effect against the damage of a high-salt diet.

Talk It Out: Discussion Boards Could Help Students See Through Muddy Scientific Concepts

Credit: iStock You may have heard or used the phrase “as clear as mud.” This idiom is often used—sometimes in a deadpan way to convey humor—to mean that the topic you’re discussing isn’t clear at all. If you’re talking to someone one-on-one, it’s easy to ask questions about what you don’t understand. But when you’re … Continue reading Talk It Out: Discussion Boards Could Help Students See Through Muddy Scientific Concepts

Spotlight On: Insulin

Credit: iStock Sugar is one of the most important fuels our bodies use to produce energy and survive. However, too much sugar can cause damage to our organs. Our bodies naturally produce a hormone called insulin that helps regulate how much sugar is circulating in our blood at any given time, even when we eat … Continue reading Spotlight On: Insulin

Stopping Free Radicals in Their Tracks

Credit: iStock “Free radical” is a term you might have heard about, usually in the context of its link to rapid aging and cancer. But what exactly is a free radical? Free radicals—also called reactive oxygen species—and their toxic effects have been on scientists’ minds since their discovery about a hundred years ago. As scientists … Continue reading Stopping Free Radicals in Their Tracks

Spotlight On: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Credit: iStock Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic, progressive condition that leads to issues with the digestive system, specifically the intestines. This makes it difficult for these organs to absorb nutrients and fluids from your diet so your body can meet its needs. It is not entirely known what causes inflammatory bowel disease, but factors … Continue reading Spotlight On: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Decreasing Your Risk of Heart Disease: Wine Not!? 

Credit: iStock There are few things I enjoy more than having a nice glass of red wine and cuddling with my dog, Bowie, after a long workday. You may have heard that red wine may be protective against heart disease, and if you’re like me, maybe use this as an excuse to have a glass … Continue reading Decreasing Your Risk of Heart Disease: Wine Not!? 

Making Sense of Salt Sensing

Credit: iStock Sodium, or salt, content varies greatly in different foods. Last month in Philadelphia, many Experimental Biology conference attendees may have noticed something unique on restaurant menus: sodium warnings. These warnings caution diners about meals that have more than the recommended daily amount of sodium of 2,300 milligrams (mg). Wonder how the body regulates … Continue reading Making Sense of Salt Sensing

Precision Medicine: When ‘One-pill-fits-all’ Doesn’t Fit

Credit: iStock Everybody is unique due to their genetics. Even identical twins do not have completely identical genetic information, as they start accumulating developmental mutations from early stages in the womb. Our uniqueness is the main reason medical professionals often cannot rely on the same medication when trying to treat different people with the same … Continue reading Precision Medicine: When ‘One-pill-fits-all’ Doesn’t Fit