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Topic in Depth - Digestion (9)

Digestion is a complex and miraculous process fundamental to our daily living. The complex nature of our digestive system, however, can also contribute to a variety of disorders. The following websites offer information and resources pertaining to the digestive system and digestive disorders.

American Gastroenterological Association
This site is the web home for the American Gastroenterological Association which is an online resource for Association members as well as "other medical professionals with an interest in digestive diseases, patients and the general public." The site posts links to related news; and to sections for clinical resources,...

The Gut Foundation
The Gut Foundation is an organization that "provides professional and public education and promotes research into digestive disorders to improve gastrointestinal health." The Foundation website contains a variety of information about gastrointestinal conditions, diagnoses, medical research, membership, and more.

Digestive Systems in Different Animals
From the ThinkQuest Library archives, the fifth site - titled La Casa de Comida - was created by a team of high school students for elementary school children. This section of the site offers a brief and basic comparison of digestive systems in birds, horses, insects, snakes, crustaceans, and mollusks.

Digestive System
This site contains a section of an online Biology Textbook - developed by Dr. Michael Gregory of Clinton Community College - providing a concise overview of the digestive system. It describes the enzymes, carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids involved in digestion and outlines the role that each part of the body plays...

Colorado State University: Pathophysiology of the Digestive System
This website was developed by faculty at Colorado State University as a Biomedical Hypertextbook on the Pathophysiology of the Digestive System. The website is very comprehensive including well-organized sections on the Fundamental Physiology and Anatomy of the Digestive System, Control of Digestive Function,...

Digestion and Enzymes: A Case-Based Biology Lesson Plan
In this activity, students will: (1) Label a diagram of the digestive system with major parts; (2) define digestion, both mechanical and chemical, and indicate where these types occur; (3)define operationally acid, base and indicator; (4) construct graph depicting the effects of pH on enzyme activity and comparison of...

Normal Abdominal CT
Set of normal abdominal CT images with various important anatomic structures outlined, for cine viewing to gain a 3D view of the structure and its relationship to adjacent organs.
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Disease diagnosis: Normal

This MIT OpenCourseWare Gastroenterology course was offered by the Health Sciences and Technology department in the fall of 2005, and contains downloadable lecture notes, lab assignments, and exam reviews, as well as a 14-page downloadable Recommended Reading Material list. Note: the recommended readings are also...

The Virtual Body
Unless one is a medical resident, it can be quite difficult to get a close-up look at a skeleton, a brain, or even the inner workings of the digestive tract. Students of the medical sciences and others need worry no more, as this very fine interactive exhibit offers up dynamic images and cross-sections of these parts...

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