[INFOGRAPHIC] 18 Amazing Facts about the Human Body That Will Shock You
Starting with the brain, this is the organ that...
The human body is an amazing machine. From head to toe, our bodies are capable of extraordinary things.
Starting with the brain, this is the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments and rational thought. The brain is also responsible for each individual’s personality, memories, movements and how we sense the world.
Weighing at about 3 pounds, the brain is one of the body’s biggest organs, consisting of over 100 billion nerve cells that not only put together thoughts and coordinated physical actions but also regulate our unconscious body processes, such as digestion and breathing.
Moving down, the heart is the body’s engine room. Responsible for pumping life-sustaining blood, the heart works ceaselessly, beating 100,000 times a day, 40 million times a year.
The fetal heart evolves through several different stages inside the womb, first resembling a fish’s heart, then a frog’s (which has two chambers), then a snake’s (with three), before finally adopting the four-chambered structure of the human heart we know.
Body organs aren’t all internal like our brain or heart, however. In fact, the largest organ of the human body is the one we wear: skin. Acting as a waterproof, insulating shield, skin guards the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight and harmful chemicals. Skin is additionally covered with sensitive nerves that keep the brain in touch with the outside world.
Read the infographic below for an additional 18 facts about the human body that are simply, well, amazing.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”