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    If Only Birds Could Compete in the Summer Games

    Endurance is a hard-won characteristic of many elite athletes and is vital to winning most sporting competitions. If great frigatebirds could compete this summer, they would certainly take home a medal for endurance flight. Frigatebirds are large sea birds with wingspans of more than six feet across. They are really good at gliding and can […]

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    High-Fat Diet May Lead to Obesity in Grand-Offspring

    Released August 1, 2016 - Researchers report on how paternal intake of a high-fat diet causes changes in genes that lead to generational obesity and metabolic dysfunction, including body weight and fat mass increases and changes in blood pressure, triglyceride levels and fat metabolism. However, these effects in offspring can be significantly improved or abolished by feeding lower fat diet to subsequent generations. The article is published in AJP-Endocrinology and Metabolism and was chosen as an APSselect article for August.

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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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Peter Agre shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of water channels, the protein mechanism in cells that facilitate water exchange. Understanding these water channels allows scientists to study many organs, such as the kidneys, which process high volumes of water every day. This discovery provided insight into diseases affecting the loss of water in the body including diabetes insipidus.

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