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Latest Episodes

Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome

March 30, 2021
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Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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Preterm infants are at risk of breathing difficulties because their lungs have not had enough time to fully mature. In particular, they do not produce enough surfactant, which helps keep terminal air spaces from collapsing. Without surfactant, they cannot get enough oxygen into their body, and the body reacts with tachypnea (respiratory rate >60/min), tachycardia,…

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Hematopoietic Malignancies: Putting It All Together

March 26, 2021
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Hematopoietic Malignancies: Putting It All Together
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If you’ve studied the hematopoietic system malignancies—all the leukemias, lymphomas, and plasma cell disorders—you probably feel like you’ve been hit with the good old medical school fire hose. Now’s a good time to take a step back from all the details, make sure that you remember the underlying framework, and pull together some information that…

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Migraine, Cluster, and Tension Headaches

March 23, 2021
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Migraine, Cluster, and Tension Headaches
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Headaches are an unavoidable fact of life and often are nothing more than the result of sitting through one too many lectures. However, they can become debilitating and get in the way of daily life, especially when they become recurrent. Although some headaches have symptoms other than head pain, we typically think of headache pain…

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Hemophilia

March 19, 2021
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Hemophilia
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Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder resulting from defects in factors of the coagulation cascade. There are two primary types of hemophilia: A and B. Both types of hemophilia are rare, with only a combined frequency of about 1 in 5000 live births. Of the two types, hemophilia A is about four times more common. In…

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Pain Mechanisms

March 16, 2021
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Pain Mechanisms
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Pain is a sensation that warns of potential injury and alerts the person to avoid or treat it. For example, if you touch a hot object, you will feel pain and immediately remove your hand from that object, protecting your hand from further damage. As much as pain can burden and torment, ultimately it is…

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Congenital Disorders of the Reproductive Systems

March 12, 2021
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Congenital Disorders of the Reproductive Systems
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In typical reproductive system development, recall that the intermediate mesoderm forms the mesonephric (Wolffian) and paramesonephric (Müllerian) ducts and the indifferent gonads; primitive germ cells migrate into the indifferent gonads. These are the structures that become the internal organs of the reproductive systems. After listening to this AudioBrick, you should be able to: Describe the…

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Acute Inflammation

March 9, 2021
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Acute Inflammation
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Have you ever cut your finger, bumped your head, or fallen and scraped your knee? While you were cursing your clumsiness or bad luck, your body got straight to work healing the injury, relying on the wondrous process of acute inflammation. Shortly after your injury, you most likely experienced some or all of the cardinal…

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Principles of Learning

March 5, 2021
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Principles of Learning
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Learning is traditionally defined as acquiring knowledge through study, experience, or being taught. In psychology, it is often defined as a relatively lasting change in behavior that results from experience. Learning is an ongoing process; we continue learning throughout our entire lives. After listening to this AudioBrick, you should be able to: Name and briefly…

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Myocarditis

March 2, 2021
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Myocarditis
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Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle. This muscle is the middle layer of the heart, formally called the myocardium, hence the name myocarditis (the -itis suffix indicates inflammation). Inflammation of the myocardium can be caused by a variety of etiologies, from infection to drugs. If severe enough, inflammation can lead to necrosis and…

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Peptic Ulcer Disease

February 26, 2021
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Peptic Ulcer Disease
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Ulcers are open sores that develop in the skin or mucous membranes. In peptic ulcer disease (PUD), painful sores develop, most commonly in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or both. PUD arises when there is an imbalance between protective factors (eg, mucosal barrier) and damaging factors (eg, hydrochloric acid). How does PUD differ from…

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