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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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

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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Infective endocarditis

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

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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Basic chemical structure for hormone classes

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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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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Heart Failure

Heart Failure

 
 
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In this episode of the Rx Bricks Podcast, we explore one of the cornerstones of the cardiovascular collection: Heart Failure. Here are the learning objectives we’ll be covering: 1. Define heart failure. 2. Describe the four functional classes of heart failure. 3. List and briefly describe the most common diseases causing heart failure, identifying ischemic…

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Alcohol Use Disorder

 
 
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In this episode, we dip into the Psychiatry collection of Rx Bricks to learn about Alcohol Use Disorder. Learning Objectives Describe the etiology and epidemiology for alcohol use disorder. List the most commonly used alcohol agents in the United States and their associated potency, delivery method, and long-term effects. Describe the DSM-5 diagnostic features and criteria for…

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Rx Brick - COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 
 
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In this episode, we look at the disease which has defined 2020: Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. Learning Objectives Define coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and describe its epidemiology Describe the viral characteristics of COVID-19 Discuss the risk factors for severe COVID-19 Describe the diagnostic work-up for a patient with COVID-19 Discuss the management and prevention…

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