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.
Voelker R. Finding Answers for Enlarged Hearts, Communication Disorders, and How to Swallow Insulin. JAMA. 2019;322(2):102–103. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6697
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