Paging Dr. Right: Tips on finding the right doctor

Finding a good doctor used to be as simple as asking friends or family for a recommendation.

These days, of course, there is also a glut of online information about doctors and you can do your own research. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost one in five adults (17 percent) have consulted online rankings or reviews when shopping around for a doctor.

But here’s the problem with that: “It’s hard to find reliable, easy-to-understand information about specific doctors or practices,” Doris Peter, PhD, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in a recent Consumer Reports piece. “Sure, you can check out physician reviews on sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List, but do you really want to find a doctor the same way you do a restaurant or plumber? Probably not.”

So, what is the best way to find Dr. Right? We culled advice from a few…

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Know Your Body: The Pec Minor

Sustainable Exercise

pec minorWe talked last week about the pectoralis major (pec) muscle (the square looking muscle on the upper chest). What many people do not realize is that the “pecs” are not alone. There is actually have a second set – the pectoralis minor. This muscle is much smaller and lies beneath the pec major at the corner of the chest. While smaller, the pec minor can be much more troublesome, especially when it comes to posture. Much of the tension felt through the upper back, shoulders, and neck after a stressful day or hours at the computer is also made possible by the pec minor at the front of the chest – when it is short and tight, it can create pull on the structures of the shoulder, leading to tension there are well. That being said, when it has normal tension and good length, it does serve a useful purpose: though small, it plays…

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Anatomy of the Abdomen – Category 1 – Arterial structure: Visceral branches: SMA/IMA




(SMA – Ryan p.168, 172f, 173; IMA Ryan p.173f, 174f, 174)

Arterial supply of the small intestine

  • The entire small intestine is supplied by the superior mesenteric artery, which arises from the aorta at the L1 vertebral level.
  • Jejunal and ilea branches arise from the left of the main trunk.
  • These branches link with one another in a series of arcades, which are usually single in the jejunum but number up to 5 in the distal ileum.
  • The arteries that enter the intestinal wall – the vasa recta – are end arteries.

The arterial supply of the colon

  • The part of the colon derived from the midgut (i.e. caecum to the midtransverse colon) is supplied by the superior mesenteric artery as follows:
    • The ileocolic artery (the lowest right-sided branch of the main trunk of the superior mesenteric artery) supplies the caecum, appendix and the beginning of the…

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The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir


Published nearly 500 years ago, Andreas Vesalius’s medical text books occupy an important place in scientific history. Intricate art, unlike anything that had been seen before, sits alongside detailed text that sought to change the way bodies were dissected post mortem. Cambridge University Library holds well-preserved copies of the Fabrica, and its companion piece the Epitome – publications that helped Vesalius realise his personal ambitions in the 16th Century court of the Holy Roman Empire.

Read more at BBC:

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Erythrocytes Gone Mobile

Monsters and Molecules

Today, something amazing happened. There I was, 3 hours and and 45 minutes into listening to insect presentations from my peers (I myself presented on Muscid flies, and I may share my proposed experiment with you once I have time to draw one), when my phone started blinking. Worried that it was one of my teammates struggling with our animation project, I quickly checked it. Email! From Science Borealis! Saying that Monsters and Molecules had been selected for the Editors Choice Awards!

I have never struggled so hard to sit still as I did for the following 20 minutes.

Most of my work as of late have been thumbnail sketches of insects (for my lab “cheat sheet”) and various parts of my upcoming Vaccine Animation (!which will be up for viewing on the Dec. 11, stay tuned!). That said, I do have something very special to share today…

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