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Medical News & Perspectives
Wild Health
June 19, 2019

Finding Answers for Enlarged Hearts, Communication Disorders, and How to Swallow Insulin

JAMA. 2019;322(2):102-103. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6697

Wild Health offers an occasional look at the animal kingdom’s contributions to human health.

If you’ve never heard a mouse sing, considered how a python’s heart reacts to a big meal, or thought of tortoises as inspiration for medical devices, read on.

How Burmese pythons’ hearts react to feast-or-famine feeding extremes might help explain how the human heart enlarges in response to chronic hypertension or certain genetic diseases that can lead to heart failure.

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