Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Spread of HIV

Here's another video from that great website known as TED.com!

This video is called "HIV: New Fact and stunning data visuals." And, believe you/me, these visuals are stunning! This is got to be the best way to show the spread of epidemics. Some day, I hope to be able to make a graph this nice but, that's a 'tall-order!' Check it out:

Norman Rockwell Paintings of Doctors

I was looking at some of these old paintings by Norman Rockwell. It made me wonder if Doctors enjoyed their job more in the past than they do in the present?

AIDS Vaccine

Hey. I came across this cool video on TED.com about creating an HIV vaccine. They're using a new technique called 'retrovaccinolog.'

Friday, January 22, 2010

Medical Biochemistry

This class is kind of a drag. I don't have a really strong background in this here stuff (I took undergraduate 'intro to biochem' about 7 years ago!)

Like I said in my previous post, I really like learning from videos and, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has some great ones! Follow this link: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/dna/animations.html

Here's a good one!:

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Another good website with lots of animations relevant to medical studies can be found at: http://www.sumanasinc.com/index.html

Yeah so...wish me luck in this class!

Neurology

Neurology is a really cool class. There's lots to remember though!
I learn best by watching videos. There's a lot of cool educational video found at the following website: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/neuroscience/animations.html

Another cool animation site is: http://catalog.nucleusinc.com/nucleusindex.php?
There's some good free samples but, you have to pay for the real-deal animations.


Another cool thing we learned in Neurology is that, in the CNS, the oligodendrocytes create the myelin sheath on the neuron:

This medical artist is sweet. Looks like he used colour pencils. Reminds me of comic book art! I can't make out the signature. If I could, I would definately love to see more from this artist. If you know the name of the artist, write it in the comments!

Second Semester Class: Physiology

So, I passed all my classes. Yeah! Woohoo!

I'm not too worried about this physiology class. It's some pretty basic physics. Diffusion, elasticity, pressure...Pretty much you just plug stuff into equations and you're good to go. i.e. read the questions, extract the variables, plug them in to formula and you get an A (hope, hope).

Once the course picks up a bit it should get more interesting. I'm interested in learning more about what happens to your physiology while you're scuba diving. Diving is a big interest of mine. I blog about scuba here. Check it out!

Right now were learning about the respiratory system. Check out the following picture of a really cool macrophage found in the lung (dust cell):