The Thyroid

A thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located on the front side of your neck, just below the Adam’s apple. This gland is crucial for keeping your body running by providing hormones. Two hormones, Triiodothyronine (T3) AND THYROXINE (T4), are responsible for metabolism affecting weight, growth, body temperature changes, heart rate, and brain development during infancy and childhood.   Like …

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Animals & COVID-19

Animals are sometimes used in the development of drugs, vaccines, other biologics, and medical devices, mainly to help determine the safety of the medical product. They can be used to measure how a biologic is absorbed in the blood, how it is broken down chemically in the body, the toxicity, and how quickly the product is excreted from the body. …

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A Meat Industry Perspective

Steven Lonergan is a professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Here are his thoughts on the meat industry and how it ties in with the biomedical industry.   Why did you choose a career in the meat industry?   As I grew up on a hobby farm, I was very interested in food production (fruits, vegetables, eggs, livestock). I …

Heart to Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than 600,000 lives each year. Heart valve replacement surgery is a procedure to treat this disease. Heart disease involves at least one of the four heart valves, mainly the aortic and mitral valves. These valves have flaps called leaflets that open and close to pump blood …