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Depressive Disorders

November 25, 2020

Depressive Disorders

 
 
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Depressive disorders are characterized by the persistence of sad, empty, or irritable feelings, accompanied by changes that have a significant negative effect on daily functioning. They include major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), substance/medication-induced depressive disorder, depressive disorder due to another medical condition, other specified depressive…

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Nephritic Syndrome

November 18, 2020

Nephritic Syndrome

 
 
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Here’s one of those questions in medical school that just might lead you to pull out all of your hair: what is the difference between nephrotic and nephritic syndrome? Both involve the kidney, both are syndromes so they’re probably constellations of findings—yet the names are maddeningly similar except for one vowel. How can a person…

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

November 11, 2020

Sexually Transmitted Infections

 
 
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Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, have been around ever since human beings started congregating. They share a common mode of transmission—sexual contact. They are prevalent in most world populations, although the causative microbes don’t have the same infection frequency in all areas. In this AudioBrick from the Reproductive collection, we’re going to cover STIs. A…

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Hyponatremia

November 4, 2020

Hyponatremia

 
 
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Sodium, like other electrolytes, plays a critical role in the normal functioning of cells and tissues in the body. The amount of sodium in the blood must be kept within a narrow range for things to run smoothly—and, as is the case with other electrolytes, when the level of sodium is too low or too…

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Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis

October 28, 2020

Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis

 
 
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In this AudioBrick from the Renal collection, we explore metabolic acidosis and alkalosis.  The normal pH of the blood falls within a pretty narrow range (7.35-7.45). Anything outside that range—whether acidotic or alkalotic—can lead to serious problems and even death. These abnormal pH states, called acid-base disorders, are grouped into two big categories: those that…

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Infective Endocarditis

October 21, 2020

Infective Endocarditis

 
 
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In this AudioBrick, we explore one of the valvular heart diseases from the Cardiovascular collection: infective endocarditis.  Infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium, or the inner layer of the heart and valves. Infective endocarditis begins with some type of injury to the endocardium, most commonly the valvular surface. Such injuries may stem from…

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Synaptic Transmission

October 14, 2020

Synaptic Transmission

 
 
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In this AudioBrick, we are heading into neurology and the special senses by looking at synaptic transmission.  Synaptic transmission is the official term for how neurons communicate with each other across the junction between them, called the synapse. We’re going to break down that process into its components, beginning with the synapse. After listening, you…

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Hormone Classes, Signaling Pathways, and Regulatory Mechanisms

October 7, 2020

Hormone Classes, Signaling Pathways, and Regulatory Mechanisms

 
 
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In this AudioBrick, we are going to dig into one of the key areas of the endocrine system by learning about hormone classes, signaling pathways, and regulatory mechanisms. We’ll explain how the various classes of hormones are synthesized, how they act, the factors that affect the target cell’s response to hormones, and how the body…

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Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

September 30, 2020

Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

 
 
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You probably know that the kidneys play an important role in maintaining blood pressure within the normal range. You might also know that they do this by regulating blood volume and the degree of arterial contraction or dilation (the systemic vascular resistance). But do you know how the kidneys do this? The answer is the…

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Atrial Septal Defect

September 23, 2020

Atrial Septal Defect

 
 
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In this episode, we head to the Congenital Heart Defects section of the Cardiovascular collection of Rx Bricks to learn about Atrial Septal Defect. Learning Objectives Define atrial septal defect (ASD). List the types of ASD and explain the mechanism underlying each type. Describe the clinical presentation and diagnostic test results for an infant with…

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