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Posts Tagged ‘anatomy’

Under Your Skin

Posted: Monday, March 24th, 2014

UnderYourSkinEver wondered how your skin senses temperature? Do you know all the layers of the skin? Take our quiz & then check your answers below!

1. Thick skin, like the soles of your feet, has an extra layer of skin; what’s it called? A) Stratum Spinosum B) Stratum Lucidum C) Stratum Basale D) Stratum Granulosum

2. How does your skin know you’re holding that hot cup of coffee? A) Fur B) My eyeballs can see the steam  C) Organs of Ruffini D) Merkel’s Disks

3. What muscle causes goosebumps? A) Deltoid B) Masseter C) Arrector Pili D) Sternocleido-mastoid

4.  Is the Stratum Corneum part of the Epidermis, Dermis or Hypodermis?  A) Epidermis B) Dermis C) Hypodermis

5. The epidermis has 5 layers; what is the bottom one called? A) Stratum Lucidum B) Stratum Granulosum C) Stratum Basale D) Stratum Corneum

Answers: 1/B, 2/C, 3/C, 4/A, 5/C


Anatomy Pinball

Posted: Friday, March 21st, 2014

MusketballHowieTsui1Studying for the MCAT? Take a break by playing anatomy pinball! Created by  Canadian visual artist Howie Tsui, it’s called “Musketball!” (2012), and is 1 out of 3 pieces – all part of the “Friendly Fire” exhibit. The message is that repetition can desensitize one to war. A heavy message, but a gorgeous piece of work.

Which organs are missing?

United States of Anatomica

Posted: Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Plan your next cross-country road trip with our handy new map of the United States of Anatomica. We left out the names of state capitals and other major cities, so why not help us out and come up some of your own?  Download a hi-res printable PDF version here.



Intolerance or Allergy?

Posted: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

IntestineFoodIntolerance With Halloween and the holidays right around the corner, it might come in handy to speak the language of your intestines. Do you have any food allergies? Do you know the difference between allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity?

According to Wed MD, almost 30% of Americans think they have a food allergy, but only 4 to 5% have true food allergies. Allergies cause the immune system to get involved. This means your body makes histamine, which starts an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can show up as hives, eczema, itchy mouth, nausea, diarrhea, sneezing, and even anaphylaxis.

Food intolerance, on the other hand, is caused by not having enough of the specific enzymes needed to break down what you ate. The most familiar example is lactose intolerance, which can be fixed by taking lactase enzymes when eating dairy. Other tell tale signs of intolerance include diarrhea, gas, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, headaches, and migraines. See the University of Maryland’s write up about common food intolerance culprits here.

Lastly, food sensitivity is a general term that includes any adverse reaction to a food (unless, of course, you get food poisoning, which is caused by eating spoiled food). Do you have a favorite dessert recipe that makes your intestines happy? I’m dying to make this raw, vegan, non-gluten, no refined sugar dessert (Has nuts, though). Let me know if you try it!

Ship 4 Less

Posted: Monday, October 28th, 2013

IMG_5582The I Heart Guts online store now has cheaper shipping options for domestic and international orders, hooray! Many of our customers wrote in to complain that shipping cost way too much, and we have added first class service for domestic packages under 13 oz and more affordable shipping choices for some of our international friends. So next time you order, you get to pick whether you want a low price or faster service (though we still don’t do express or overnight, sorry!).

Handmade Glands!

Posted: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

SebaceousAndPituitary Check out these awesome hand-sewn pituitary and sebaceous glands, thanks to jellyfishghost3 on instagram!

Spleen Trivia

Posted: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

AccessorySpleen2 How much do you know about your spleen? Here are some weird and wacky facts that might have you thanking your spleen for what it does.

10% of people have an extra, tiny spleen next to their regularly-sized one, and it’s considered normal.

Splenomegaly is the technical name for an enlarged spleen.

Where the spleen hangs out: Under the left side of your ribcage.

Spleens are actually more purple than red (and they’re definitely not green)!

Spleens do not regenerate, but livers can!

The spleen also gets rid of old red blood cells. Here’s how: when blood cells get old, they get stiff; the spleen has tiny channels called blood capillaries. These are too small for old, stiff blood cells to get through, so they get caught. Then the white blood cells in the spleen break down the old red blood cells.

Know any more cool facts about spleens? Comment below!



Adorable Anatomy

Posted: Friday, September 13th, 2013

rachel-ignotofsky-anatomy-postersAnatomy lovers, prepare thyselves to squee loudly when you see the fantastic Body Systems Prints by promising young illustrator and designer Rachel Ignotofsky. They are adorable, instructive and beautifully done, much like the rest of her body of work. Peep some of her great projects such as The Legislated Body, an infographic that lays out the history of sodomy law in the US; Skin: A Sensual Cookbook, which features aphrodisiac recipes with zest, scales and rind; and, back on the scientific tip, her drawing of Earth’s layers, as well as the troposphere above, are so cute you will want to snuggle the planet right down to its core. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Rachel works at Hallmark Cards by day and makes awesome stuff on her own by night, so keep your eyes out for her style on the shelves of your local birthday card seller. Visit Rachel’s website and her Etsy page and see how long you can resist bringing one of her fabulous prints home with you.

Let’s Get Social

Posted: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

ovary-too-proud-to-eggIf you’re not hanging out with us on the social media, why the heck not? We offer myriad ways to squander time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, and even Spotify! Why spend time with real live humans you know when you could hang out with us digitally?

Hearts Content

Posted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

il_430xN.57030370Esty makers heart hearts, and we love these glass anatomical heart pendants from vendor Nanopod in Toronto. The plasma one at center is really gorgeous, and we love the milky white one, too.

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