GUND has teamed up with everybodyÆs favorite monkey ù Curious George! This adorable 20" plush version of Curious George features the sweet, super cuddly monkey getting ready to enjoy a yummy-looking peel banana for a snack!
The appendix is a finger-shaped tube sticking out of your colon. It is often considered a “joke organ” with no function. Makes the perfect educational get well gift and a great post-surgery gift for a speedy recovery.
Breast Cancer affects 1 in every 8 women, but early detection and proper screening can help ensure the best outcomes. Our Breast Cancer doll is a good reminder to schedule annual health exams including mammograms.
Our Cancer cell can be cured by turning it inside-out!
A very useful reminder to get your mammogram
A way to give strength to someone with breast cancer
The colon is the main section of digestion, looping up, across and down like a horseshoe. The colon absorbs water for reuse by the body and ferments fiber with the help of trillions of friendly microbes. These microbiome bacteria are an integral part of your digestive system, even acting as the gatekeepers of your metabolism.
FACTS: The final stages of digestion occur in the large intestine. The colon is the main section, looping up, across and down like a horseshoe. Other intestinal sections are the cecum, appendix and rectum. The colon absorbs water for reuse by the body and ferments fiber with the help of trillions of friendly microbes, your microbiome. These bacteria are an integral part of your digestive system, even acting as the gatekeepers of your metabolism.
You are what you eat, even if it's contaminated. So be careful - food poisoning can b. cereus!
Fun educational tool to teach about food poisoning
Good reminder to practice safe food preparation and handling
Ever had a really bad meal? Exactly.
FACTS: Although there are many causes of food poisoning (including numerous viruses and bacteria, not to mention toxins and pesticides), Bacillus cereus is one of the common ingredients found in spoiled food – and the indigestion caused by its ingestion can certainly be serious.
A talisman for those intrigued by exotic adventure
A gag gift for your pal with a creepy wound
A medical prop for learning and education
FACTS: Although gangrene may sound like a hazard of jungle exploits and military campaigns, the gruesome decay and death of soft body tissue that characterizes the condition can happen to anyone anywhere. There are two common types of gangrene: dry and wet. Dry gangrene occurs when blood flow is interrupted to part of the body. Affected areas dry out and eventually blacken as tissue is slowly mummified. Dry gangrene typically occurs in the fingers and toes, often in the elderly or in those living with diabetes.
Wet gangrene occurs when infection accompanies the interrupted blood flow. Bacteria such as clostridium perfringens, which produce toxic gases that can bubble up under the skin, are often implicated.
• HAV is spread primarily by unsanitary food and water • HBV is transmitted in bodily fluids and can cause chronic liver disease • HCV is perhaps the most dangerous: no vaccine is available • HDV occurs only in the presence of HBV • HEV is relatively mild and non-chronic • HFV and HGV are newly identified; their connection with liver disease is debated
Perfect teaching tool and gift for anyone who enjoys balancing their bodily fluids, removing wastes, controlling the production of red blood cells and promoting health!
FACTS: Your two kidneys are large filters within the urinary system. These fist-sized, bean-shaped organs perform many useful functions. Their main job is filtering blood to remove impurities and excess water. Over 1 liter of blood flows through the kidneys each minute!
Kidneys also release hormones and help the body maintain a proper balance of water, sodium and other chemicals. Each kidney contains up to a million tiny filtering units called nephrons. Inside each nephron are tubules and glomerulus.
Our mosquito's itching to come over and play. She can be there by dusk.
Great gag gift for nature enthusiasts
Good reminder to bring insect repellent
FACTS: There are about 3,000 species of mosquito, but culex pipiens is the most common. It is found almost all over the world, except in Antarctica.
Spanish for "little fly," mosquitoes beat their wings between 300 and 600 times per second. The unnerving sound they create differs from species to species, and listening for the right note helps male and female mosquitoes coordinate their social lives to find suitable mates!
But only female mosquitoes bite. Their eggs need the protein in blood to help develop. While culex pipiens females will happily snack on human blood, they tend to feed on birds – which implicates them in the transmission of the West Nile virus.
The actual sting of a mosquito is rarely painful, and it is seldom even detected. However, the saliva injected to stop blood from clotting provokes the aggravating skin inflammation and itching associated with a bite. Calamine lotions, and other creams, can help soothe the pain.
This medical miracle is perfect for anyone who is under the weather
Useful instruction tool for health professionals and educators
FACTS: Technically, all that penicillin does is to inhibit the enzyme transpeptidase in gram-positive bacteria preventing the crosslinking of the peptidoglycan polymers and impairing the generation of cellular walls. But that is enough to change the world!
It is commonly known that Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming discovered the antibacterial effects of Penicillium (from the Latin for paintbrush, Penicillium the mold produces penicillin the antibiotic agent) in 1928. He returned to his lab after a long-weekend and noticed that the growth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in a petri dish he had forgotten to clean was constrained.
An educational tool for medical professionals and educators
FACTS: Pneumonia is a lung infection in which the small, air-exchanging sacs of the lungs (called alveoli) become inflamed and filled with fluid. It can come on suddenly and in serious cases it can take your breath away.
There are a number of causes of pneumonia, ranging from viruses to fungi to parasites to physical injury – though being caught in the rain without your coat is not among them. However, the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia infection is Streptococcus pneumoniae.
As the ringleader of a gang of more than 80 Pneumococcus bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae is such a common cause of pneumonia that a pneumonia vaccine has been developed to keep it (and 23 other of the worst kinds of Pneumococcus bacteria) at bay.
Our enormous fire ant is a humorous addition to any plush collection
Makes a unique companion
FACTS: Although there are more than 10,000 species of ants, red fire ants comprise some of the more vicious varieties.
Typically encountered when their mounds are disturbed, they can quickly swarm up an intruder’s legs in an attack coordinated by pheromones (special chemicals that provoke behavior). Although they are well-known for their tendency to bite, their bite is actually only a prelude to their sting – and it is the venom in their sting that causes the fiery, burning sensation that has earned them their notoriety.
Though they originated in South America, fire ants have natural predators in their native lands which tend to keep them in line. However, as stowaways in shipping crates, they have managed to travel the world, and are now invasive pests in many regions.
Shingles is a skin rash that results when Chicken Pox strikes back. But don’t be afraid -- learn what causes the outbreaks, and how to take the appropriate precautions.
Shingles plush doll is based on Herpes zoster.
FACTS: Shingles, aka Herpes zoster, is a blistery skin rash which typically manifests itself as stripes or splotches on the face or wrapped around on one side of the body. The name shingles is a corruption of the Latin word cingulum, or girdle, after its characteristic appearance.
Chickenpox is the primary handiwork of the Herpes zoster virus. But after the virus has been routed, it remains dormant in the nerve cell bodies, or satellite cells. Years or even decades later it can activate and spread along a specific nerve pathway, affecting all the areas governed by that spinal nerve.
Wonderful educational tool and gift for those who love churning and digesting food!
FACTS: The stomach receives, holds and partly digests food. This pouch-like organ is actually small, but as you eat the stomach wall quickly stretches to hold up to 3/4 gallon or 3 liters. It churns and mixes food with acids and enzymes. The powerful muscles lining the stomach mash food, breaking up fats and proteins. Orange juice… how about some stomach juice?! When you see or smell food, tiny stomach glands secrete gastric juice. This stomach juice is mostly hydrochloric acid with a touch of the enzyme pepsin that digests proteins. The acid activates pepsin, breaks down food, and also kills germs. Your stomach produces up to 3 liters of gastric juice every day. Mucous cells that line the stomach protect it from the acid, so that the stomach doesn’t digest itself!
If you frequent wooded areas it's only a matter of time until you're bitten. Tick, tock, tick, tock...
Super reminder to check for ticks after playing outside
Educational tool for wilderness lovers and outdoors professionals
FACTS: In most of the world’s dark woods and grassy plains, tiny ticks are questing in search of blood. These little vampires can be as small as pinpoints or as large as grapes – but they have an uncanny ability to sense heat and carbon dioxide, and to identify the well-travelled paths that their victims are likely to traverse. When they sense the motion of a nearby host, they drop from the tips of grasses or leaves and plunge their barbed, fang-like hypostome into their victim’s neck (or any other convenient spot) and lap up to hundreds of times their body-weight until they are sated. Or removed.