Anatomy word of the month: Buccinator

The “trumpeter” in Latin. Our cheek muscles, the buccinator, assist the tongue during chewing movements to hold food between our …

A tale of two tracheas

Reporter and National Public Radio science correspondent Robert Krulwich recently shared a suspenseful and true story about a woman in …

Anatomy word of the month: Acromion

Feel that bump on the top of your shoulder? This is the highest point of your shoulder and is the …

Des Moines University to award 529 degrees at 112th commencement

Des Moines University will award 529 degrees at its 2012 Commencement Ceremony May 26 at 10 a.m. at Hy-Vee Hall …

Annual memorial service honors DMU body donors and their families

On Friday, May 18, Des Moines University will honor 56 people who donated their bodies to further medical education in …

Anatomy word of the month: Uvula

The little fleshy appendage hanging from the back of your soft palate is called the “little grape” in Latin. As …

Community Ambassador Program – Spring 2012

The Community Ambassador Program (CAP) at Des Moines University offers area students – grade school through college – opportunities to …

Anatomy word of the month: Decussation

“To make an X” (Latin). A decussation is an intersection of pathways in the form of an X. Most nerve …

Anatomy word of the month: Acetabulum

“Vinegar cup” in Latin. The hip joint is made up of a deep rounded socket, the acetabulum, on the side …

Anatomy word of the month: Cruciate ligaments

“Cross-shaped” in Latin. In the knee joint are two ligaments that cross over each other, the anterior and posterior cruciate …

Anatomy word of the month: Phrenic nerve

The phrenic nerves control the diaphragm, our major muscle of respiration (breathing). From the Greek, phrenic means both diaphragm and …

Anatomy word of the month: Vagus

Vagus means “wandering” in Latin. This aptly named nerve (there are a pair of them) meanders from our brainstem, down …