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HWS_seitlichA Paralyzed Man Stands

6-3-11

Rob Summers, a 25-year-old man, has been paralyzed for the past several years. After being hit by a car, he lost all motor control in his legs but was able to use his hands and arms. Rob, an athlete, was determined to walk again and play baseball.

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Symmetrical_Specimen_Up_Close_resizedBODIES...The Exhibition, Offering a New Look at Our Human Body

A First-Hand Experience from our Guest Blogger Robbie

6-1-11

The human body is one of the most fascinating machines in the world. Despite the fact that it contains no metal or mechanical parts, the intricate systems that interact within the human body to allow us to walk, talk, and think make it perhaps the most amazing machine in the world.

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MedicsgoodwoodWar Medics Through History

5-26-11

It used to be that if a soldier was wounded, he laid in the field where he had fallen without hope of being rescued. In 1862, Dr. Jonathan Letterman changed this by revamping the Army Medical Corps. He staffed and trained men to operate horse and wagon teams to pick up wounded soldiers and bring them back to field dressing stations for treatment. Considered the father of Modern Battlefield Medicine, Dr. Letterman created a 3-tiered evacuation system, which is still used today. The initial step is the Field Dressing Station, located next to the battlefield. Following this is the Field Hospital, otherwise known as MASH units, and finally the Large Hospital, for patients requiring prolonged treatment.

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The Importance of Vitamin D

5-21-11

Rickets are defined as the softening of bones in children, due to the deficiency or impaired metabolism of Vitamin D, phosphorus, or calcium. Rickets can lead to fractures or deformity and is the most frequent type of childhood disease in many 3rd world countries. The lack of calcium in a child’s diet may lead to Rickets, which can be cause by severe diarrhea, vomiting, or severe malnutrition. While this can occur in adults, famine or starvation can lead to this during the early years of development. The adult version of this condition, Osteomalacia, is typically caused by the lack of Vitamin D in one’s diet.

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