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    Fin whales have coiled nerves

    Fin whales have big mouths, really big mouths. When your meals consist of tiny krill, it is understandable why you would evolve the ability to stretch your mouth super-wide. With each meal comes a lot of water, which expands a pouch in the bottom of their mouths. As the pouch expands, all of the tissues in the pouch expand…

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    Sports-Related Concussion

    Released February 9, 2017 - A new study finds that concussion causes short-term impairment of the cardiovascular system but that these cardiovascular symptoms typically resolve within three days of the injury. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

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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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