We created a piece of art for Sekisui Diagnostics who produce biological testing kits. This kit is for haemoglobin. We used structural data on the haemoglobin molecule, and split it into the separate chains and haeme groups that make up haemoglobin, r...
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their Lunar Pathfinder mission, which aims to deliver a suite of cubesats to lunar orbit, and act as a communications hub back to the Earth. It is a pathfinder mission, testing technology for a more comprehensive lunar communications network, enabling future missions.More details and a [...]
We updated the animation for Surrey Space Centre to show the launch and deployment sections, featuring a SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon capsule, and deployment from the International Space Station, via the Japanese module. The satellite is currently built and awaiting launch. It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in [...]
The spine undergoes an accordion-like cycle of compression and decompression. This variation occurs not exclusively with the sleep-wake cycle but with the gravity. Researchers have long known that the spine undergoes a diurnal variation with compression changes of water exchange in and out of the intervertebral discs. Much of the attention has been on the discs of […]
Connecting with patients is the future of healthcare. With low back pain and neck pain as the leading cause of disability and lost work days on this planet, getting to the roots of helping people with these conditions is imperative. These origins are mostly biomechanical in nature. But how a practitioner connects the curious patient […]
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Marc Phares of Epic Studios, Inc. partnered recently with GHG Summit to create a whimsical illustration for Yosprala®. Art Directors: Tom Browne and Jonathan Coleman. A spin-off promo sculpture was also created utilizing the 3d models and illustration. Yosprala™ is a combination of aspirin, an anti-platelet agent, and […]
Lumbar disc herniation is a very common condition which often generates pain and disability. It is a physiological process that starts from the inside out as the nucleus pushes radially into the annulus fibrosus. But not all disc herniations cause pain and many of them don’t cause long term disability. The literature has been quite […]
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Aging and Degenerative Disc Changes of the IVD’s Impact on Spinal Flexibility A publication reviewed several studies involving the biomechanics of the intervertebral discs (IVD) with macroscopic changes associated with degenerative disc disease with the aim of finding out how spinal flexibility was affected by dehydration, tears, fissures, osteophytes, and the inevitable collapse of the […]
A research study of GABAergic communication within rodent peripheral sensory ganglia demonstrated that somatosensory pain signals can be transmitted from the peripheral sensory nerves to the central nervous system (CNS). The study further found that necessary proteins required in GABA synthesis were released by sensory neurons and triggered by depolarization. By infusing the sensory ganglia […]
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Numerous studies have examined disc volume, height, and fluid flow to more clearly understand the effects and rate of cellular diffusion and nutrient and waste transfer on IVD. However, to date, there have been no significant measurements of the rate at which discs lose fluids during normal activity throughout the day. We know that IVD […]
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A review 1 of how biochemical and micromechanical events affect the cellular biology and morphology of intravertebral discs (IVD) during physical motion, loading, and compression determined that important interactions between the nucleus pulposus and annular fibrosis altered cells, micromechanical, mechanobiological, and mechanical features. Because previous studies have indicated a strong genetic link in the propensity […]
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Study Finds Prolapse Injury Influenced by Flexion Degree and Level of Hydration, not Rate of Loading
A study 1 of isolated and adapted bovine spinal segments examined the extent to which flexion, hydration, and loading rates were responsible for the breakdown of the nucleus pulpous structure and found that the rate of loading had little effect on disc damage with full annular division. Instead, the degree of flexion and the hydration […]
A 2015 study of 36 chronic pain patients sought to explore the causes of pain-related fear in the hopes of contributing to research that might help practitioners develop avoidance models in the future. The study found that the most common cause of pain-related fear is its inexplicability and unpredictability—because patients could not make any reasonable […]
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When it comes to pain medication, what you know might hurt you. Research on the nocebo effect 1 suggests that patients who are educated about the potential risks or non-efficacy of the pain drugs they take are at higher risk for developing negative symptoms and less satisfied with the outcome after taking the drug. The […]
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