Description: Tonight, tomorrow night, and the night after, he’ll wait for you forever.
The faint crackle of the fireplace is the only sound drifting
afloat the peaceful atmosphere of the taciturn room, flames emanating from the pile
of logs mesmerizing the gazes of all those gathered around, growing and fading
like the waxing and waning of ocean tides pulled by the moon.
Sitting on a rocking chair in the comfort of the
old-fashioned living room, in the familiar company of your grandchildren, you
bask in the calming ambiance of the night, a tranquility numbing enough to lull
you into unadulterated slumber. But the bold voice of a small child pulls you away from your oncoming
“Grandmama, tell us a story” Your young granddaughter
eagerly requests, tugging at the hem of your blouse. Her clear doe-eyes were
dripping with enthusiasm as she peers at you gingerly, waiting for the response she hopes to receive.
You smile down endearingly at the youthfully innocent child,
brushing her silky hair tenderly with your trembling hand. “Oh alright, I guess I do have
one interesting story that has yet been told.”
It’s a story you should have long forgotten long ago, one that is
tucked away in the deepest layer of your vanishing memory. But there was
something about the way the moonlight was elegantly flowing through the glassy
panes of the open window that makes you take a deep, sedative breath, reminding
you of something that had long been lost to time and this mysterious universe.
Shifting your gaze toward the direction facing the dark forest outside, trees
densely packed only a few meters away from the quaint little cottage, you nostalgically
begin recalling the age-old tale.
“I was young like you when I moved to the forest covered
Human Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System Connections
The central nervous system (CNS) of the human consists of the brain,spinal cord, and cranial nerve II (the optic nerve which connects to the eyeball).
When compared to the peripheral nervous system (PNS), the CNS differs in several key ways. It’s largely autonomic (requires no input for it to work) instead of voluntary, is much more protected (by bone and the blood-brain barrier), and interprets input, rather than integrating it.
As the PNS is much less protected, it’s vulnerable to damage by toxins, disease, mechanical injury, and autoimmune disorders. The degenerative conditions of the CNS are almost always hereditary.
Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle. Charles d'Orbigny, 1849.
The Nervous System is made up of the Central Nervous System(CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System(PNS).
Central Nervous System(CNS)
The CNS has two main functions, of controlling behaviours and regulating physiological processes by receiving and sending messages to and from various parts of the body. The CNS is split into two parts:
The Spinal Cord:
Relays information between the brain and the rest of the body, allowing for bodily processes to be regulated and voluntary movement to be coordinated
The Brain: split into four areas
Split into two hemispheres:
Left: aware of past and future, controls the right side of the body and is the logical side
Right: aware of the present, controlling the left side of the body and is the creative side.
These are joined by the corpus callosum which is a band of nerve fibres allowing for communication between the two
Split into four lobes:
Frontal: associated with reasoning and motor skills, sexual habits, risk taking and socialisation
Parietal: deals with sensory information, perceotion and spatial reasoning
Temporal: Deals with sound and language, linked to memory (hippocampus)
Occipital: deals with visual information
Cerebellum: associated with otor skills, balance and muscle coordination
Diencephalon: contains two key structures
Hypothalamus- regulates temperature, hunger and thirst, so is the link between the endocrine system and the nervous system
Thalamus- relay station for nerve impulses (from senses)
Brain Stem: regulates automatic functions while linking brain to spinal cord
Peripheral Nervous System(PNS)
The PNS is everything eithin the nervous system that isnt the brain or spinal cord. It is in charge of relaying nerve impulses from the CNS to the rest of the body and vice versa. It is split into two sections:
Somatic Nervous System: sends sensory information to and from CNS, allows for quick reflex actions
Autonomic Nervous System:regulates the involuntary actions of the body such as breathing and is vital for everyday functioning. This is further split into two subsections:
Sympathetic Nervous System- “Fight-or-flight”:
uses noradrenaline, a stimulant which allows for quick actions in emergency situations where we feel threatened. This sends neurons to every organ or gland when needed, and increases heart rate, blood pressure. and dilates blood vessels. It allows for the release of stored energy, enhancing functions needed for survival and temporarily stops non-vital functions such as urination and digestion
Nerves supplying the body can be divided in to cranial and spinal. Cranial nerves emerge from the brain or brain stem and spinal from the spinal chord. There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves. They are components
of the peripheral nervous system, with the exception of the optic nerve, as
their axons extend beyond the brain to supply other parts of the body. They are
named numerically from region of the nose (rostral) to back of the head
(caudal). Here’s a brief overview of all twelve nerves and their basic functions.
I – The Olfactory Nerve. The cells of this nerve arise from
the olfactory membrane of the nasal mucosa. The dendrites of the nerve cells
project in to the olfactory mucosa. The axons of these cells combine to form
the olfactory nerve. They join the brain at the olfactory bulb, located at the
end nearest the nose. The fibres are short and lie deep and protected from
casual injury. It is often found that loss or interference of sense of smell is
due to blockage of the air passage leading to the olfactory mucosa, not due to
II – The Optic Nerve. This nerve connects the retina to the
diencephalon of the brain. It is the only cranial nerve considered to be part
of the central nervous system. This means the fibres are incapable of
regeneration, hence why damage to the optic nerve produces irreversible blindness.
Interestingly the eye's blind spot is a
result of the absence of photoreceptor
cells in the area of the retina where the optic nerve leaves
the eye. I find the optic nerves easy to spot when looking at the brain from
below as they form the optic chiasm. This is the point at which they cross and
forms a clear ‘x’.
III- The Oculomotor Nerve. This
nerve controls most of the eye’s movements including the constriction of the
pupil and levitation of the eyelid. Damage to the nerve can cause double vision
and inability to open the eye. A symptom of damage to this nerve is tilting of
IV – The Trochlear Nerve.
This nerve is a small somatic motor nerve and innervates the dorsal oblique
muscle of the eye, responsible for allowing the eye to look down and up as well
as internal rotations. Damage to the nerve can cause one eye to drift upwards
in relation to the undamaged eye, meaning patients tilt their heads down to
V – The Trigeminal Nerve.
This is the largest cranial nerve and is so called as it has three major
divisions. It is sensory to the skin and deeper tissue of the face and motor to
certain facial muscles, playing a large role in mastication.
VI – The Abducent Nerve.
This nerve controls the movement of the lateral rectus muscle of the eye. It
also plays a role in eye retraction for protection. Injury produces the
inability to deviate the eyeball away from the midline of the body.
VII – The Facial Nerve. This
nerve innervates the muscles of facial expression. It also functions in the
conveyance of taste sensations from the front two thirds of the tongue. As well
as this it can increase saliva flow through certain salivary glands.
VIII – The Vestibulocochlear
Nerve. This nerve is named after the vestibular and cochlear components of the
inner ear. It transmits information on sound and balance. Damage can lead to
deafness, impaired balance and dizziness.
IX – The Glossopharyngeal
Nerve. This nerve has any roles including the innervation of certain muscles of
the palate of the mouth, certain salivary glands and the sensory mucosa of the
root of the tongue, palate and pharynx. Damage can lead to difficulty
swallowing as well as the loss of ability to taste bitter and sour things in
X – The Vagus Nerve. This is
a very important nerve and one frequently discussed when considering many important
systems within the body. It is the longest of all cranial nerves and extends to
supply the pancreas, spleen, kidneys, adrenals,
and intestine. It has parasympathetic
control of the heart and digestive tract as well as certain glands and
XI – The Accessory Nerve.
This plays a role in neck turning and elevation of the scapula (shoulder). Muscle atrophy of the shoulder region indicates damage to this nerve.
XII – The Hypoglossal Nerve.
This nerve’s name relates to the fact that is runs under the tongue,
innervating the tongue’s internal and external musculature. It has important
roles in speech, food manipulation and swallowing.
— Heyy! Can you don an imagine where y/n isn’t famous (or a youtuber) and she’s dating conor? Thanks! —
I turned off my computer after I finished watching a video of my uni lecturer talking nonstop about the peripheral nervous system. I had enough time to do my makeup and get dressed before leaving to go to the boy’s flat which was just a couple minute walk from mine. Today, Conor is performing at Wembley stadium for the Rays of Sunshine concert.
We’ve been dating for a couple months now, but we pretty much have kept out relationship out of the spotlight. My social media accounts were private, so no one outside my friends and family really knew anything about my life. At the beginning, I wasn’t comfortable exposing my life to his fanbase because I liked my privacy. But obviously, since him and his friends are constantly in front of a camera, recording all aspects of their lives, it’s only natural that his fans found out about me. Conor and I met at a small party, my friend who’s dating one of his mates had invited me. We spoke all night at that party, he asked for my phone number before I left, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
I left my house, makeup and hair done, dressed in an off the shoulder short dress and ankle boots and walked a small distance to the apartment he shared with his friend and brother. I buzzed their intercom to let me through the gates and made my way to their door. I knocked on their front door and was embraced in a hug from Anna, his little sister. She had come down from Brighton to see Conor perform. I had recently met his entire family, to which they welcomed me with open arms.
“Y/N, I love the way you did your makeup!” Anna complimented. We got very close, we treated each other as if we were each others sisters.
“I was just going to say the same about yours”, I laughed.
“Yo, Y/N!”, Jack walked into the room and high fived me then hugged me. “What you been up to?”
“Just been forcing myself to study all morning, the usual”, I sighed. “You vlogging today?”
“Oh yeah!” Just as I mentioned that, he pulled out his camera. “Good morning guys, hope you’re all doing well. I’ve got special guests with me today, Y/N, Anna, be nice and say hello”.
I waved to his camera and poked my tongue out. Just a couple days ago, I gave him permission for me to be in this vlog. I walked off as he continued to talk about the concert to go find Conor. I found him in his room blow drying his hair. “Hey babe”, I hugged him from behind as I watched him from the mirror in front of us.
He smiled widely and turned off the blow dryer. “Hey beautiful. You look amazing today”, he then pulled me into a hug and kissed my lips, letting his lips linger on mine.
“So the superstar is in here, getting – ooh bad timing” I heard Jack from the doorway with the camera in his hands, recording us but catching us at a bad time. He then left, causing us to laugh.
“How’ve you been my love”, Conor asked.
“Not too bad, are you nervous for today?” I let go of Conor to let him finish getting ready so I sat on his bed.
“Nah, I think I’ll be fine”, he responded.
“Yeah, I know you will. You’re very good at what you do”, I smiled at him. As he was finishing getting ready, I was scrolling on my phone for about half an hour. “Babe, its ten past twelve, what time do we need to be there?” I asked.
“Shoot. We should be leaving soon, so I have time to rehearse and do those interviews”, he said checking his watch.
“Conor, the uber is here!” I heard Anna yell from the living room. We all then left and arrived at Wembley stadium.
“Y/N, how you feeling? You look worried” Jack laughed, sticking the camera in my face as we walked to Conor’s dressing room.
I laughed. “I don’t know why I’m nervous. I know he’ll do amazingly well tonight, as he always does”, I looked at Conor and kissed his cheek as he put his arms around me.
“Ew”, Jack joked around, He then turned the camera off.
“Will you guys be okay by yourselves?” Conor asked.
“We’re big kids, we’ll be fine”, Jack said.
“Don’t worry, we’ll keep an eye on Jack”, I said to Conor, Anna laughed and Jack then rolled his eyes. “Good luck baby. Love you”.
“Love you too”, Conor kissed me before leaving to do interviews then rehearse on stage.
We kept ourselves busy for the next couple of hours by eating and giving ourselves a little tour. I checked the time and it was a quarter past five, the show would be starting soon. Jack, Anna and myself were then escorted by two security guards to a closed of section in the arena, giving us a perfect view of the stage. Anna and I were really excited, seeing all these artists live for the first time. We danced to each performance, singing all the popular hits along with them. We were given breaks after each performance. The stadium lights then went off, and Conor popped up on stage, causing the crowd to go wild. Conor then performed some covers and his original songs, Anna and I were dancing our butts off while Jack was vlogging for his channel. We all got into the shot of his camera, mouthing the lyrics to the song Conor was singing. As Jack was filming Anna and I dancing, I looked up to see Conor right at the edge of the stage, looking directly at me. Whilst he was singing as I mouthed ‘I love you’ to my boyfriend.
“I love you too baby”, Conor said into the microphone right in the middle of his song, then the whole crowd went more wild, if that was even possible.
After Conor finished, the security guards then took us backstage, Jack still vlogging everything. All the lucky winners who won backstage passes then started screaming as we were passing them. A lot of the winners were then yelling for Jack, and some even asking me and Anna to take photos with them, to which we did.
“Oh my god, Y/N you’re so pretty!”, one of the girls yelled, I thanked her. I took a bunch of selfies with different people, even though I wasn’t famous at all, I guess being the girlfriend of a famous person does put me into the public’s eye, whether I like it or not. As soon as Conor walked into the room, the attention then diverted to him and everyone started screaming. I watched him have his mini meet and greet, his face genuinely lighting up as he met everyone, it melted my heart. I took a couple of sneaky pictures as I watched him chat with his fans. As soon as the night was done, I was so exhausted that I fell asleep on Conor’s shoulders during the ride home.
“Y/N, baby, wake up”, he whispered into my ears, I groaned but got up anyway.
We all walked into their flat, Anna and Jack going straight to bed. I made my way to Conor’s bathroom to brush my teeth with a toothbrush I keep here. I took off my makeup and went to Conor’s drawer to steal a tshirt to wear to bed. I sat on Conor’s bed going through the videos and photos I took of tonight, smiling to myself. Conor jumped into bed behind me and pulled me down with him by my waist. I showed him the photos I took of today and he asked me to send them to him.
“Thank you so much for coming and supporting me tonight”, Conor said as he kissed my hands.
“Are you crazy? I will always support you, till the end. You make me so proud”, I kissed his cheeks then his lips.
“I know things can sometimes get a little crazy being with me, but still thank you”, he smiled
“A little crazy?”, I joked around.
“You know what I mean. But I guess our relationship is a little more out into the open now”, he said.
“I don’t mind it anymore, I don’t want to try and hide our love. It’s too stressful. From now on things will be different, especially since I’m going to be in Jack’s new vlog. Not just in the background anymore”, I said, my hands slightly rubbing his cheeks.
“Good, now I can flaunt my sexy girlfriend to the whole world, and make everyone jealous”, he laughed and kissed me on my lips. We then fell asleep in each other’s arms. For Conor, I would sacrifice anything for him, even if that means giving up some parts of my private life. I don’t care anymore, I would do anything for this boy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So this is my first published little short fic! thank you to the person who requested this. I really hope you all enjoyed it. Sorry if im not too good haha, let me know what needs improving or let me know if you enjoyed it. please feel free to message me any requests!
Stretchy Prosthetic Skin Feels Pressure, Temperature
by Txchnologist staff
Researchers in South Korea and the U.S. have developed what they call a “smart” prosthetic skin embedded with heat, humidity and pressure sensors that can relay sensations to the wearer.
They say their stretchy silicone-based material can recreate the feelings of temperature and mechanical strain and pressure through electrodes that stimulate the wearer’s nerves. They argue their integrated device represents the next generation of prosthetic skin research by making previously rigid or semi-flexible sensors soft.
“Recent advances in the design of prosthetic limbs integrated with rigid and/or semi-flexible tactile sensors provide sensory reception to enable feedback in response to variable environments,” the team write in the paper reporting their work published today in the journal Nature Communications. "However, there still exists a mechanical mismatch between conventional electronics in wearable prosthetics and soft biological tissues, which impede the utility and performance of prosthetics in amputee populations.“
Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Γαληνός; AD 129 – c. 200/c. 216), better known as Galen of Pergamon was a prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman empire. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic. The son of Aelius Nicon, a wealthy architect with scholarly interests, Galen received a comprehensive education that prepared him for a successful career as a physician and philosopher. He traveled extensively, exposing himself to a wide variety of medical theories and discoveries before settling in Rome, where he served prominent members of Roman society and eventually was given the position of personal physician to several emperors. Galen’s understanding of anatomy and medicine was principally influenced by the then-current theory of humorism, as advanced by ancient Greek physicians such as Hippocrates. His theories dominated and influenced Western medical science for more than 1,300 years. His anatomical reports, based mainly on dissection of monkeys, especially the Barbary Macaque, and pigs, remained uncontested until 1543, when printed descriptions and illustrations of human dissections were published in the seminal work De humani corporis fabrica by Andreas Vesalius where Galen’s physiological theory was accommodated to these new observations. Galen’s theory of the physiology of the circulatory system endured until 1628, when William Harvey published his treatise entitled De motu cordis, in which he established that blood circulates, with the heart acting as a pump. Medical students continued to study Galen’s writings until well into the 19th century. Galen conducted many nerve ligation experiments that supported the theory, which is still accepted today, that the brain controls all the motions of the muscles by means of the cranial and peripheral nervous systems.
Galen saw himself as both a physician and a philosopher, as he wrote in his treatise entitled That the Best Physician is also a Philosopher. Galen was very interested in the debate between the rationalist and empiricist medical sects and his use of direct observation, dissection and vivisection represents a complex middle ground between the extremes of those two viewpoints. Many of his works have been preserved and/or translated from the original Greek, although many were destroyed and some credited to him are believed to be spurious. Although there is some debate over the date of his death, he was no younger than seventy when he died.
I only did uni work for a few hours today. Sometimes its more important to just spend some time to yourself, not studying. I forget this all the time and will spend literally every day of the week studying for the majority of the day. It does end up taking its toll on you, whether you can tell at the time or not, but after a few days or weeks, when you sleep in till 12pm unintentionally (guess who this happened to today?) its best just to take some time to lay on the couch and watch youtube for the majority of the day. Either way, this is just a little bit of what uni work I did do today, and hopefully taking the most of today off will mean that I can get more done tomorrow :)
So the first time this thought came to mind was during juuzou’s battle with the twin sisters. During that time he got his stomach slit.
even after that he kept on fighting. All those sick moves, defeated the sisters and his split stomach did not hinder him. On a physical level, yes they did because his insides were probably dangling out, but not on the pain scale. After the battle he just casually stitch himself like no big deal
i didn’t know much then so i placed the thought aside but something like this again happened during the owl battle when suzuya got his right leg cut off
Firstly he didn’t even know his leg got cut off and then he told shinoharathat it didn’t hurt. But then we have shinohara getting his right leg cut off. Screams and pain.
Well it could’ve been due to his torturous past that he didn’t feel pain or had a high endurance level. But he is still human and pain is pain. Getting your leg chopped off is probably much painful than needles etc. And im pretty sure Shinohara had had physical injuries before but look at the blood probably coming out of his mouth. On the other hand..jouuzou not even a flinch
Then i did a bit research
“Congenital insensitivity to pain Congenital insensitivity to pain is considered a form of peripheral neuropathy because it affects the peripheral nervous system, which connects the brain and spinal cord to muscles and to cells that detect sensations such as touch, smell, and pain.”
Dissociated sensory loss
“They found that opiates(endorphins) interact with specialized receptors in cells that are primarily massed in the brain and spinal cord. When opiates enter these receptors, they hinder or block the cell’s transmission of pain signals.”
IN COMMON WORDS
Stress and pain (recurrently) are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. Excessive release of endorphins can cause Loss of pain.
spinal cord infection and fracture can also be a cause to loss of pain
we’re all familiar with jouuzou’s past
and of course this one
if you’re thinking that kanaki was tortured too then note that kaneki was tortured for aprox 10 days while suzuya was for like 3-5 years (i don’t know exactly)
i’m no neurologist but my theory is that Suzuya Jouuzou has lost his ability to feel physical pain after being tortured for what like 3-5 years. Though he still has sense of touch.
Unlike the brain and spinal cord that are housed in protective bone, peripheral nerves connect regions of the body to the central nervous system like telephone cables. Peripheral nerves relay movement information from the brain to the muscles, for example, or sensory information from the skin to the brain. Remarkably, and also different from the brain and spinal cord, peripheral nerves have a tremendous capacity to regenerate when injured. Severed peripheral nerves grow about 1 mm per day (about an inch per month) until the two severed ends reconnect and innervate a once paralyzed muscle.
Image by Zhong Hua, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Anesthesiologist - administers drugs and monitors patient condition during surgery; also provides pain management for acute and chronic conditions.
Cardiologist, Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiac Electrophysiologist - a cardiologist specializes in diseases of the heart and blood vessels; an interventional cardiologists uses guided imaging to diagnose and treat those diseases; a cardiac electrophysiologist specializes in treating irregular heart rhythms caused by electrical problems in the heart.
Cardiovascular Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgeon - a cardiovascular surgeon specializes in the surgical management of blood vessels and heart disorders; a cardiothoracic surgeon specializes in pathological conditions within the chest.
Emergency medicine - physicians who care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention; they diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to stabilize the patient.
Endocrinologist - diagnoses and treats diabetes, hormone imbalances, thyroid disease and other disorders of the endocrine system.
Family medicine - provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. Encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity; a family physician’s care is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion.
Gastroenterologist - specializes in diseases of the digestive system.
Geriatrician (Geriatric Medicine) - general practice physician who specializes in caring for older adults.
Hematologist - a hematologist specializes in diseases of the blood and bone marrow.
Hepatologist - specializes in diseases of the liver.
Hospitalist - internal medicine physician whose practice is limited to hospital inpatients.
Intensivist - hospital-based critical care medicine specialist who treats patients in intensive care settings.
Internal medicine - provides diagnosis, management and nonsurgical treatment of unusual or serious diseases.
Medical Geneticist - provides testing, counseling and therapy for genetic diseases.
Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist - a medical oncologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancers and tumors; a radiation oncologist specializes in the application of radiation to manage disease.
Neonatologist - cares for premature and critically ill newborns.
Nephrologist - specializes in diseases of the kidneys.
Neurologist, Neurosurgeon - a neurologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of disease and functions of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, muscles and nervous systems; a neurosurgeon provides surgical management of those disorders.
Neurophysiologist - a neurologist who diagnoses disorders of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems through clinical evaluations and electrophysiologic testing.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Urogynecologist - an obstetrician/gynecologist specializes in the medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and its associated disorders; a urogynecologist specializes in female urological problems.
Opthalmologist, Optometrist - an ophthalmologist provides comprehensive eye and vision care, including to medically or surgically treat eye disorders; an optometrist specializes in diagnosing diseases of the eye and correcting vision.
Orthopedic Surgeon - also known as an orthopod, an orthopedist is a surgeon who treats diseases, disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.
Otolaryngologist - the technical name for an ear, nose and throat physician.
Pathologist - usually works behind the scenes to diagnose diseases by studying tissues, body fluids and organs.
Pediatrician - a child’s physician who provides preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill; pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development - in good health or in illness.
Perinatologist - specializes in caring for high-risk pregnancies.
Physiatrist - specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Podiatrist - specialist that treats both medical and surgical deformities of the foot and ankle.
Pulmonologist - specializes in lung disease.
Radiologist, Interventional Radiologist - radiologists perform and interpret imaging tests; interventional radiologists also perform minimally invasive procedures, such as embolization, thrombolysis and biopsies, using imaging guidance.
Rheumatologist - specializes in arthritis and diseases of the joints, as well as autoimmune disorders, such as lupus.
Sleep doctors - diagnoses and treats sleep disorders, and also may have expertise in behavioral and cognitive methods to prevent them.