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The study of the normal function of living organisms and their anatomical parts and the means by which their normal functioning is achieved.

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Medical Physiology

I've come across the topic of the influence of inhaled ammonia (caustic ammonia) on breathing rate and some cardiovascular changes. All of this stuff is thought to be mediated through the fifth ...
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Does the body have any mechanism to prevent fever from causing damage to the brain?

I read that fever is an active mechanism of the body to defend the infection. But when the temperature is raised too high, is there a second mechanism to stop or delay it?
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Wheatgrass in thalassaemia

In local newspapers there was a not so recent story about wheatgrass juice being "curative" in thalassaemia. Although I do not take the article at face value, it would be enlightening to know if there ...
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Why do people make "aaagh" noises when they make an effort (e.g. trying to hit a ball hard)?

I'm referring to, for instance, grunting in tennis. It refers to how many tennis players make loud "aaagh" noises when hitting a ball. In daily life, people often also do this when trying to ...
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Osmosis and hydrostatic pressure

I'm confused about the role of hydrostatic pressure compared to osmotic pressure. Q1:If I have a U-tube with a membrane permeable only to water molecules and equal volumes of water on either side ...
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Why does sympathetic activity constrict pulmonary vessels?

I don't know understand why sympathetic stimulation constricts pulmonary vessels? I thought that the sympathetic nervous system activated the body for physical activity. Physical activity would need ...
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How do I classify cytotoxicity values, whether a sample is mildly, moderately, or highly cytotoxic?

I used LDH assay for cytotoxicity testing. I have a plant extract which I tested against HepG2 cancer cells. I did three trials, my results were 2%, 6%, and 8% cytotoxicity, respectively. How do I ...
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Why are there no organisms with metal body parts, like weapons, bones, and armour? (Or are there?)

Reading this question, Why are there no wheeled animals?, I wondered why no organisms seem to make use of the tensile and other strengths of metal, as we do in metal tools and constructions. I am ...
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Nernst equation and equilibrium potential

Solutions A and B are separated by a membrane that is permeable to Ca2+ and impermeable to Cl−. Solution A contains 10 mM CaCl2 , and solution B contains 1 mM CaCl2. Assuming that 2.3 RT/F = 60 mV, ...
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Why does the time to reach equilibrium across a membrane decrease with concentration?

We're learning about flux and Fick's law and there's one point I'm having trouble understanding. Assuming we have a higher concentration of a species on one side of a membrane, I understand that ...
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Does a tubular sodium reabsorption cause a stimulation of β2-adrenergic receptors?

I read the study "The Role of Aldosterone in Obesity-Related Hypertension" and there is one thing I didn't understand. They write: "According to norepinephrine-induced tubular sodium reabsorption, ...
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Is Haemoglobin a positively charged Sol?

My book NCERT(Class 12, Surface chemistry) claims that hemoglobin is a positively charged sol The cytosolic pH in human cells is around 7.4, but fluctuates as the cell is replicating according to ...
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Why is the ratio between action potential and threshold value called the 'safety factor'?

"All­or­Nothing Principle. Once an action potential has been elicited at any point on the membrane of a normal fiber, the depolarization process travels over the entire membrane if conditions are ...
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Why does (insulin induced) hypoglycemia stimulate ADH secretion?

Intuitively, I understand that ADH (Anti Diuretic Hormone) is responsible for maintaining osmolarity, and increased serum osmolarity is a stimulatory factor for its release-- ADH increases water ...
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What triggers the release of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone with the onset of puberty?

I am interested to know the process of development of puberty. During puberty, when boys/girls reache 12-14 (puberty) years of their age, their hypothalamus releases gonadotropin releasing hormone (...
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What is the mechanism behind ventilatory acclimatization?

In my respiratory physiology lectures, my professor explained that hypoxia-induced hyperventilation occurs in 2 stages when people try to acclimate at high altitudes. My question is about the long-...
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What are the roles of ATP and ADP in muscle contraction?

I've always known that the hydrolysis of ATP generates ADP, P, and energy, so I'd assume that if energy is necessary in a given process, ATP hydrolysis should occur (or another exothermic process). ...
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Does estrogen increase muscular growth in females?

Regarding humans it is said that most psychological effects caused in men by testosterone are caused in women by estrogens. There are many studies on that, particularly regarding temporary shifts of ...
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If blood vessels mostly aren't supplied by parasympathetic nerves, how effects through M3-ACh receptors are mediated?

Blood vessels throughout the body mostly aren't supplied by any parasympathetic fibres. But the effects of ACh through M3-ACh receptors would infact release NO (which acts on VSM and causes ...
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What's so special about Chassaignac tubercle?

1-How does massaging of carotid artery at chassaignac tubercle( anterior tubercle of transverse process of C6 vertebra ) can relieve the symptoms of Supraventricular Tachycardia? My attempt: I think ...
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Which processes in the human body depend on natural selection among cells?

Are there processes in the human body which occur via natural selection among cells? Could anyone provide examples? E.g. when tissues are conditioned to be stronger, such as a rock climber's skin ...
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Pathogens vs Microbes and the Immune System

I hope my question isn't too basic or silly. I am currently learning about infectious diseases in Year 11 Biology right now, and I'm stuck at the concept of pathogens and micro-organisms. Whenever I ...
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Is there a function for urea in sweat?

In ureotelic organisms, ammonia is converted to urea for excretion primarily in the liver and, to a lesser extent, in the kidneys. However, sweat also contains trace amounts of urea. Is this small ...
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Is the swimming pool water harmful to frogs who jump in? If so, how?

Here is an odd question: Frogs have permeable skin. Indeed, via capillary action, frogs absorb water through their skin. Chlorine is in principle a harmful substance. I am sure what percentage of ...
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What is the effect of persistent hypothermia on cardiac performance?

I define persistent hypothermia in this thread about the mechanisms of persistent hypothermia. The Graph of Katzung et al. in Pharmacology about Heart Failure: I am thinking which parts here are ...
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Why does K+ going out of the cell cause hyperpolarization?

I'm really confused by how the terms Hyperpolarization and Depolarization are used in Cell biology and hope somebody can enlighten me hopefully. Here's what they mean for me so far: Depolarization ...
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Humans best at long distance running: purely physiological or is it a function also of ability to pace?

I have read that although certainly other land animals are much faster over short distances, a human can run down any other animal over time, so that if a human is hunting like a gazelle, etc. ...
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How do smooth muscles function without myoglobin?

Myoglobin serves important function of Oxygen storage in Skeletal and Cardiac muscles. However, It is absent in smooth muscles. Why is it absent in smooth muscles? Why smooth muscles don't need ...
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How does chest wall compliance affect functional residual capacity (FRC)?

The functional residual capacity is made up of expiratory reserve volume (ERV) plus the residual volume (RV) - i.e. the volume of air remaining in the lungs after passive expiration. Compliance of ...
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How much heat can a human sustain?

For how long can a human sustain a temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82oC) without damage in a confined place? For instance, suppose a person is sitting in a steam-filled room, without external ...
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Why does increasing the space constant increase conduction velocity in myelinated neurons if nodes of Ranvier are constantly spaced?

If depolarisation at one node of Ranvier triggers, by passive conduction, an action potential at the next node of Ranvier, why does increasing the space constant increase conduction velocity? Surely ...
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What causes paresthesia from compression?

Compression of a nerve causes loss of afferent and efferent information in it. What is the physiological basis of this?
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What is the term for the physical and behavioral changes that occur in an adult species due to the change in their hierarchy?

For example, when a chicken becomes a rooster its crest becomes larger and their feathers become more colorful. Dominant male lions get larger and darker manes. Also, can these changes also occur ...
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The onset of hair loss in men

I've seen men starting to lose hair in almost all ages. Why is the onset of hair loss in men different? Is there a normal distribution?
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By what mechanism do cephalopods regrow limbs?

As far as I can tell, there are two types of limb regeneration: epimorphosis and morphallaxis. Epimorphosis is used by animals such as amphibians and various phyla of worms, while morphallaxis is used ...
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How much light can pass through the human eyelid?

My sister tells me that at night when the lights in the room are off that she can see the ambient outdoor light from neighboring buildigns and streetlights through her eyelids (i.e., when her eyes are ...
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GHK Equation and Action potential

Can GHK equation be used to predict the membrane potential even if the cell is not at resting state? To say it again, can we use GHK equation at every moment during Action potential? I'm confused ...
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What are the effects of caffeine on the mammalian circulatory system?

A friend of mine told me an anecdote about his mother, who drank too much caffeine, to the point she became hypotensive and would pass out. Because caffeine acts as a stimulant, I'm assuming the ...
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Garden Hose Analogy for Blood Vessel Resistance

I've been trying to reconcile the resistance component of Poisseuille's law with a mental analogy of a garden hose; specifically, I had assumed that the effects of reducing the radius of a blood ...
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Can oxytocin travel from one cell to another via gap junctions?

Oxytocin is a 9-residue secreted peptide. As a hormone, can it travel through gap junctions, assuming that it is stored in pre-synaptic neuronal vesicles?
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Hodgkin-Huxley Model and Propagation of Action Potential

I'm studying Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potential, and I have some confusion. In the well-stated HH model, we have time constants for each ion currents, described as the reciprocal of the sum of ...
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Maximum Allometry of aquatic mammals omitting Kleiber's Law

As far as I understand, blue whales cannot get any physically larger due to the extremely demanding caloric intake it has on consuming large quantities of krill, not due to any other physiological ...
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Does the brain consume more energy when a person is stressed or anxious

When a person is anxious or stressed or suffering from chronic depression, it is observed that the person is usually tired. Is there there a connection between fatigue and racing thoughts/obsessions. ...
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What is the water content of avian blood?

I'm doing a work about heavy metal contamination in seabirds. I have found that the toxic threshold for Cu in blood is 1,15 μg/g wet weight. That number refers to an average between some seabirds. I ...
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Do sharks fart?

My son is 5 and I'm encouraging him to be curious and ask questions of the world around him. He asked if sharks fart and how does it smell? He feels that it would smell of fish and be disgusting. He ...
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Blood cell lineages

Blood cells are often spoken of as arising from three lineages -- erythroid, myeloid, and lymphoid lineages that will respectively produce the red cells; the platelets, granulocytes, and monocytes; ...
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Do animals exhibit handedness (paw-ness?) preference?

I have been observing my cat and found that when confronted with an unknown item, she will always use her front left paw to touch it. This has me wondering if animals exhibit handedness like humans ...
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Is there any animal known to produce structures of both keratin and chitin?

I began with thinking about the similarities between keratin in its hardest form (fingernails, horn sheaths) and the chitin that composes the exoskeletons of some few beetles I've seen in my life. To ...
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Do factors other than concentration gradient and membrane permeability affect the diffusion potential?

If, hypothetically, the concentration gradients and the permeability of 2 different ions (Na+ and K+ for example) in 2 separate solutions are the same, will the diffusion potentials be different? I'm ...
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If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water?

If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water? I do not see some animals (like squirrels) drinking water daily (doesn't mean they don't have a water source) ...

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