TODAY'S DATE: Saturday, July 04, 2015
Physiological System of the Month: The Skeletal SystemOn the Edge of Extinction: Tiny Pupfish Go without Breathing to Survive their Harsh Environment
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    Weighing meal options

    I just listened to a neat podcast from Scientific American’s Karen Hopkin in which she described a new study published in the Journal of Ornithology that suggests Mexican Jays (Aphelocoma ultramarina) pick which peanut to eat only after literally weighing their options. The researchers modified some peanuts to remove the contents. The Mexican Jays were then offered unmodified nuts along with the…

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    Electrical Nerve Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Injury Nerve Damage

    Released July 1, 2015 - Researchers find that nerve stimulation can improve the function of peripheral nerves damaged by spinal cord injury (SCI). This technique may be a new approach to preventing long-term changes in nerve and muscle function after SCI and improving SCI rehabilitation outcomes.This research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.

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    History of the American Physiological Society

    The American Physiological Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. Today, the Society counts some 11,000 members, most of whom hold doctoral degrees in medicine, physiology or other health professions. Our work, then, as now, was to support research, education, and circulation of information in the physiological sciences.

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Robert Furchgott, Ferid Murad and Louis Ignarro are awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of the role of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in various body systems. Their experiments find that this volatile chemical, sometimes introduced nto the system by ingesting nitroglycerin, is vital to controlling blood pressure and blood vessels dilation and contraction.

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