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The A&P Professor Podcast
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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Dec 3, 2018

Practical advice on helping students manage test anxiety. Updates in mitochondrial inheritance and cardiac stem cells, plus a way to access journal articles that are behind a paywall. Extended bonus episode. 

00:53 | It's a BONUS episode!
01:15 | Mitochondrial inheritance
04:28 | Cardiac stem cells
06:48 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:20 | Help getting journal articles
11:18 | Sponsored by AAA
11:31 | Featured: Helping students with test anxiety

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I'm trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy. (Shawn Johnson)

This is a BONUS episode—which means it's a long one!


1 |Mitochondrial inheritance 3 minutes

New research shows that in some cases, paternal mtDNA may be passed along to offspring in a pattern that resembles autosomal dominant inheritance.

  • Biparental Inheritance of Mitochondrial DNA in Humans (research article)


2 | Cardiac stem cells 2 minutes

Do cardiac stem cells exist? We thought so. But maybe not.

  • Dozens of Retractions Requested for Heart Stem Cell Studies (news item)
  • Adult Cardiac Stem Cells Don’t Exist: Study (news item)
  • More Doubt Cast Over Cardiac Stem Cells (older news item)


3 | Sponsored by HAPS 0.5 minutes

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there's a reduced "early bird" registration rate for the annual HAPS confercnce in Portland OR next May? Check it out. You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there.

Anatomy & Physiology Society  |

HAPS logo


4 | Help getting journal articles 4 minutes

Follow one of my links (or some other hyperlink) and it takes you to journal article that's behind a paywall? Kevin explains a legal, ethical way to access the full article with no costs to you. You'll have to listen to hear this super secret trick!


5 | Sponsored by AAA 0.5 minute

The searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) at

 American Association of Anatomists


6 | Helping students with text anxiety 45 minutes

Kevin's Theory of Test Anxiety states that we are ALL subject to test anxiety. Perhaps occasionally. Perhaps often. In any case, it can affect our ability to retrieve and apply the information we've practiced and thereby affect our performance—and score—on a test or exam. Sometimes significantly. What, if anything, can be done to avoid text anxiety or manage it once it strikes? What can teachers do? What can students do? Well, here's a place to start!

Here are some links you can share with your students:

test anxiety

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