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All Hail Vice Pancreas

April 10th, 2014

house-of-carbs-diabetes-pancreasFrank Pancreas manipulates government as well as glucose levels in political thriller “House of Carbs.”

Happy Spring!

April 8th, 2014

IMG_3360Come visit the guts on DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue during the 54th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, this Saturday, April 12, from 10:30am – 6pm. Always tons of fun for us, this year’s festival promises to be a beautiful day, with cherry blossoms at full peak on the tidal basin, and the usual array of Nihon-themed fun. Whether you like anime, manga and J-Pop or more traditional stuff like origami, kimonos and sake, you’ll find good stuff everywhere. Tickets are $10, hope to see you there!

Make Less Cortisol

April 3rd, 2014

AdrenalYoga

Laying on a yoga mat is relaxing, even for an adrenal gland! Stressing out is one of the fastest ways to age. Worried about your job performance, relationships, or money troubles? You’re not alone; these are some of the top stressors among people today! What’s the best way to let go of stress?  Realize what you can and cannot change; break large problems into small chunks that you can work at over time; as well as taking time to relax and play. Yes, PLAY! According to Dr. Stuart Brown’s TED Talk, “playing” is important for adults, not just kids.  Playing includes things like art, comedy, leisure, hobbies, or anything that makes you happy. What’s your favorite way to de-stress?

Konjō o manabu!

April 2nd, 2014

guts-in-japanese-kanjiAs we get ready to exhibit at DC’s Sakura Matsuri celebration of all things Japan, cherry blossom and springtime, we thought we’d put together a handy list of some of our favorite organs in Japanese! Click on the above image for a printable copyTanoshinde manabu! Stop by America’s largest Japanese street festival Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am-6pm, we will be there!

Super Simple Sex Ed

March 31st, 2014

SEX-ED-SIXTEEN-IHEARTGUTSLooking to have “The Talk” with your kids? This handy cheat sheet highlights the major players, you get to describe what they do! Download a printable copy here for personal or educational use. Good luck!

Lymph Mania

March 24th, 2014

LYMPH-NODE-plush_MThink you know a lot about the lymphatic system, or the anatomy of a lymph node? Prove it.  Answers below.

1. How does stuff flow through the lymphatic system? A) Lymph Pump B) Gravity C) Pressure from the arteries pumping next to it

2. What are lymph cells called? A) Erythrocytes B) Lymphocytes C) Lymphytes D) Hepatocytes

3. What happens at a germinal center? A) Bacteria are destroyed B) Lymph is filtered C) Mature B Lymphocytes multiply

4. What filters the lymph? A) Macrophages B) Leucocytes C) Tonsils D) Spleen

5. Is the lymphatic system connected to the circulatory system? A) Yes B) No

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

Under Your Skin

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

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?

Pearly Whites

March 12th, 2014

GroovyToothThis article on Not Flossing made me laugh. Here are the best parts.

Excuses for Not Flossing:

10) Food doesn’t get caught between my teeth, so I don’t have to floss.

9) I don’t have time.

8) It makes my gums bleed.

7) My teeth are too close together.

6) I don’t get cavities, whether or not I take care of my teeth; superior genetics.

5) I don’t know how to floss.

4) I don’t know how.

3) I’m not coordinated enough.

2) It hurts to floss.

1) The floss keeps shredding.

Have a better excuse? Tell us in the comments!

Squeeze Your Stitches

March 11th, 2014

lung-pillow-transplant-supportAfter you get your new organ, the patient’s incision must be supported, and what better way to support than with a lung, heart, kidney or liver-shaped pillow designed with post-op support in mind? Shumsky Therapuetic Pillows have been around since 1985, these pillows come in a variety of sizes and organs to help patients recover from surgery.

 
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