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‘Little brain’ or cerebellum not so little after all

When we say someone has a quick mind, it may be in part thanks to our expanded cerebellum that distinguishes human brains from those of macaque monkeys, for example. Sometimes referred to by its Latin translation as the '"little brain"',... Continue Reading →

Brain’s Fluid Drains via Lymphatic Vessels at the Base of the Skull

For years, scientists thought the brain lacked a lymphatic system, raising questions about how fluid, macromolecules, and immune cells escape the organ. In 2015, two studies in mice provided evidence that the brain does in fact have a traditional lymphatic system in... Continue Reading →

Cardiac Cycle

The electrical and mechanical events that occur from the beginning of one heartbeat at the beginning of the next heartbeat is called the cardiac cycle.The first electrical event in the cardiac cycle is the initiation of a spontaneous action potential in... Continue Reading →

“Sull’ aneurisma”

Anatomical drawing: showing ligaments and muscles of left side of face and (extended) arm. By Antonio Scarpa, 1804.

Blood Vessels of the Brain

Normal function of the brain’s control centers is dependent upon adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients through a dense network of blood vessels. Blood is supplied to the brain, face, and scalp via two major sets of vessels: the right... Continue Reading →

What Do Lungs Do? Help Us Breathe And Maybe Even Produce Blood

Our lungs may be doing much more than just helping us breathe. A series of experiments on mice, carried out by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has revealed that these organs play a crucial role in... Continue Reading →

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