The Importance of Core Strength

Every trainer, doctor, or fitness nut you’ve talked to all say the same thing: improving your core will improve your life. This is good advice, as your core muscles are, quite literally, the core of your body. Whether you’re swinging a baseball bat or dusting a shelf, your core muscles are working to get your… Read more »

Mononucleosis: The Kissing Disease

Mononucleosis, also known as “the kissing disease,” is well known. Many of us have contracted mono when we were an adolescent or young adult. However, while most people are aware of what mono is, they don’t necessarily know all of the details of the disease. What is mono? Mono is an infectious disease caused by… Read more »

Managing Pain with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

If you’ve ever dealt with chronic or acute pain, you know that you would do just about anything to relieve it. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy is one possible option for sufferers of chronic or acute pain who don’t want to turn to traditional pain medications. However, whether or not TENS is a legitimate… Read more »

The Anatomy of the Brain: An Introduction

Every species has its strengths. For cheetahs it’s their speed, for spiders their ability to spin webs. For humans, it’s our brains. We may not be the strongest or the quickest species on the planet, but we are the smartest, and that makes us able to invent creative solutions to all sorts of problems. The… Read more »

Illustrating Late-Onset Pompe Disease

Human beings are made up of cells—trillions of them, in fact—all working in concert to ensure that our bodies function properly. They convert food into energy, send signals from your brain to your body, and they form the tissues that make up our organs. They can even make copies of themselves using our own internal… Read more »

Capturing the Cunning Ghost Mantis

Many people are aware of the praying mantis—the leaf-like hunter of the insect kingdom. Careful and cunning, these creatures use deception and wit in order to survive. One of the most fascinating types of praying mantises is that found in Sierra Leone—the ghost mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa). Blending in Ranging from dark brown to a light… Read more »

This Lanternfly From Southeast Asia Is a Sight to Behold

In addition to creating illustrations for legal exhibits and medical journals, I sometimes have an opportunity to study the anatomical structures of other species in my work as well. Such is the case in this illustration of a truly stunning insect that lives in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. Commonly… Read more »

The Elegant Simplicity of the Ball-and-Socket Joint

Did you know that there are six distinct types of synovial joints that all work together to provide the human body with its impressive range of motion? While some of these joints—like the gliding joint in the knee—are quite complex, the joints that grant us the greatest freedom of movement appear remarkably simple. In fact,… Read more »