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Deep under... your masseter
By Pauls Dzelve - 10.13.2017

Deep below the skin If you are someone who has already gone through the process of learning anatomy of the skull, you might remember that there are not only the details, but macroscopic areas as well. I am talking, of course, about the different areas of the skull, including different fossae. This ...

Anatomy Next teaching children to love anatomy
By Pauls Dzelve - 10.04.2017

Everyone has the right to know, to explore, to ask, and the younger part of the society is the one that should be offered to do so as much as possible. This is why it was already the 12th time that different Latvian universities, museums, scientific institutes and others opened their doors to the ...

How can new technologies help educate the medical professionals?
By Pauls Dzelve - 09.14.2017

We live in a time when everything changes not even by year, not by month and not really a day – it comes down to a smaller measure of time when talking about the progress of new technology. As Moore’s law has predicted for decades, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit ...

Trigeminal nerve
By Pauls Dzelve - 09.14.2017

Did you just feel that last warm gasp of summer air touch your face? Fair enough, whilst writing this it is still summer, but there is more to it than just motion of the air in the atmosphere. And this is where the fifth cranial nerve, or trigeminal nerve, comes in. It is a nerve responsible for ...

The amazing anatomy of dental plexus
By Pauls Dzelve - 09.06.2017

As you probably are already aware of, the trigeminal nerve is quite a vast one. It itself has three major branches which innervate a vast region of the head, including such internal parts as the sinuses and dura mater, and, of course, big part of the upper digestion earns credit to the trigeminal ...

The five second rule
By Pauls Dzelve - 06.02.2017

We, medical students, usually like a good TV show. And I have a suspicion that it is not always because we like the show – we like to procrastinate a bit, just to take off the load that our universities give us. And shows about medical staff are the ones that are the most relatable to us. Ok, ...

The circle of life
By Pauls Dzelve - 05.03.2017

Some say that everything is a circle (or cycle) in its own right, and you might get their point. Circle of life, as it is called, is everywhere. Even time for us – humans – is often easier to measure in steps, which basically are circles. Look at the clock – it sure is round and ...

The secrets of sight
By Ieva Grinberga - 04.04.2017

The basic answer probably anyone would say to a question “how do we see?” is “with eyes”. And yes, technically this is not wrong – our eyes really do sense the colors and forms of things around us. We, healthcare professionals, know that there is so much more to it. ...

Bell's palsy
By Ieva Grinberga - 03.27.2017

Whenever you see or hear about paralysis or weakness of muscles on one side of someones’ face, the first thing that pops in your mind most probably is – it’s a stroke. Or a transient ischemic attack at least, with both the ideas being connected to central nervous system and ...

The first of the nerves
By Ieva Grinberga - 03.15.2017

“Oh Oh Oh…” I believe every medical student nowadays has at least heard about these different mnemonics, some have even used them in exams. But hey, which one was the first of the O’s? Olfactory nerve is the first nerve in the classification and delivers us the happiness ...

Who is the captain of the heart?
By Ieva Grinberga - 03.03.2017

As you may already know, heart beats. It pumps blood in a certain rhythm to let parts of the body have access to oxygen and other nutrients. A muscle that cannot be characterized either a smooth or a skeletal muscle; it has a class of its own. The heart muscle is a striated muscle which has some ...

A look in the mirror
By Ieva Grinberga - 02.27.2017

As differences between humans and their anatomy come and go, there is one quite rare that form me at least sits in mind as one of the most interesting - situs inversus viscerum. Some of you may already know what this three-word name spelled in Latin means, some of you may have a vague idea, and ...

Is there a "right" anatomy?
By Ieva Grinberga - 02.21.2017

They say we are all the same inside, don’t they? Well, we are in fact not. Actually, everybody is not only an individual in their mind, but in the way our bodies are built as well. Accessory arteries, extra vertebrae, maybe even a rudimentary tail– these and many more are the examples I ...

First step of becoming an ENT specialist
By Ieva Grinberga - 09.24.2016

Have you ever considered otorhinolaryngology as your future specialty after medical school? Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and ...

The mirror of our soul
By Ieva Grinberga - 09.17.2016

Paulo Coelho once said "The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them". Some say that you can kill someone by just one look. And some research shows that an intense eye contact can even make ...

Famous by moving just one muscle
By Ieva Grinberga - 08.25.2016

Elvis Aaron Presley was an American musician and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, "the King". But we can all agree that music and acting wasn’t the only memorable ...

How strong is our bite?
By Ieva Grinberga - 08.12.2016

Mandible or lower jaw, in the human, is the largest, strongest and lowest bone in the face. It is also the only mobile bone in facial skeleton and it forms the lower jaw and holds lower teeth in place. Mandible is actually composed of two parts- the hemimandibles that are ...

How does child- parent relationship affect our teeth?
By Ieva Grinberga - 08.01.2016

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for infants and young children. Babies use thumbsucking as a way of relaxation, calming themselves and exploring the world. However, after the permanent teeth come out, thumbsucking can cause problems with the alignment of the teeth and proper growth of the mouth. ...

When defect becomes an effect - the secret of cheek dimples unveiled
By Reinis Jansons - 07.27.2016

Cheek dimples are sometimes considered as a morphological symbol of attractiveness,  cuteness and eternal youth. In 1936 Isabella Gilbert even designed a tool for artificially creating them. Why do some people have them and some do not? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to ...

By Uldis Zarins - 07.18.2016

AU-6 (Cheek Raiser) - operated by Orbital part of Orbicularis Oculi muscle (green color) AU-12 (Lip Corner Puller)- operated by Zygomaticus major muscle (turquoise color)   On right side of the face: Malar fat pad pushing up.    Right below it: Deep ...

By Ieva Grinberga - 07.07.2016

As we get older we start to notice some changes in our appearance specifically – the face. A normal part of ageing is getting wrinkles. Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the natural aging process; however, some people are not pleased by the fact that others can guess their age just by ...

Back to basics
By Ieva Grinberga - 06.30.2016

Skull is one of man's oldest and most powerful symbols. It has a long and varied history of use with multiple overlapping interpretations. Most commonly it is seen as a representation of death and mortality. But is it really that misterious or is it just a part of the human body? To talk about ...

By Ieva Grinberga - 06.13.2016

It is not always clear why some facial features are preferred over others, and it is not always clear why some of them are considered "more attractive" than others. High cheekbones, forming a symmetrical face shape is a beauty trait that is considered desirable in many sculptures and art forms ...

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