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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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Mar 11, 2019

00:51 | Cerebellum Functions
06:28 | Sponsored by HAPS
06:52 | Liver Responds to Food Stimuli
09:06 | Sponsored by AAA
09:26 | Exercise, Diet, Metabolism, & Body Weight
17:29 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
17:58 | Featured: Language of Muscles: A Strategy for Learning


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If you've got a big gut and you start doing sit-ups, you are going to get bigger because you build up the muscle. You've got to get rid of that fat! How do you get rid of fat? By changing your diet. (Jack LaLanne)


1 | Cerebellum Functions

5.5 minutes

The cerebellum is well known for planning and coordination of motor programs. But there's more to it!

  • The Cerebellum Is Your "Little Brain"—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things (article from Scientific American)
  • Making Moves and Memories: Are They Connected? (summary article)
  • A cortico-cerebellar loop for motor planning (research article)
  • Functional topography in the human cerebellum: A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies (research article)
  • Cerebellar modulation of the reward circuitry and social behavior (research article)
  • Short latency cerebellar modulation of the basal ganglia (research article)
  • The cerebellum gets social (commentary in Science)
  • The Role of the Cerebellum in Cognitive and Affective Processes (online reference module)
  • The Somatic Nervous System (online reference module)



2 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there's a one-day regional HAPS conference in March? 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

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3 | Liver Anticipates Food

2 minutes

We know that digestive organs respond to anticipation of food—as if food really is going to be ingested and swallowed. New research suggests that the sight of a donut (for example) can get our hepatic cells to start revving up for the storage and processing of nutrients during the absorptive state.

  • POMC is short for proopiomelanocortin
  • The role of proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurones in feeding behaviour (review article)
  • Just the Sight of Food Gets the Liver Ready for Action (summary article)
  • Food Perception Primes Hepatic ER Homeostasis via Melanocortin-Dependent Control of mTOR Activation (research article)



4 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

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 Their big meeting is in April at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in Orlando FL. Check it out!

 American Association of Anatomists


5 | What Do We Really Know About Exercise, Diet, Metabolism, & Body Weight?

8 minutes

The science of exercise, diet, metabolism, and body weight—and what is healthy and what is not—is far from being worked out. Sometimes, the simplest principles that we believe to be true, aren't really. A of research seems to conflict, which means we have much more work to do, eh?

If you are fan of stories without a satisfying ending and conflicting subplots, follow the [whole grain] bread crumbs here:

  • Why doing more exercise won't help you burn more calories (summary article)
  • No sweat: The smart guide to exercise (summary article)
  • Hunter-Gatherer Energetics and Human Obesity (research article)
  • Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Adaptation to Physical Activity in Adult Humans. (research article)
  • Is there spontaneous energy expenditure compensation in response to intensive exercise in obese youth? (research article)
  • The workout pill: Why exercise is the best medicine (summary article points out exercise benefits other than weight control)
  • Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition (research article)
  • Do skinny people have faster metabolisms? Not really (summary article)
  • Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). (descriptive article)
  • Slim people have a genetic advantage when it comes to maintaining their weight (summary article)
  • Genetic architecture of human thinness compared to severe obesity (research article)
  • Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus (summary article)
  • The Health Risk of Obesity—Better Metrics Imperative (perspective article in Science)
  • Association of Body Mass Index With Lifetime Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Compression of Morbidity (research article)
  • Is the doughnut diet too good to be true? (umm...)



6 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 minutes

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

 NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


7 | Featured: Language of Muscles: A Strategy for Learning

17 minutes

Learning the major muscles of the body can be intimidating for students. But if they understand from the start that those unusual names are more than a tongue-twisting combination of syllables—that they actually have meaning—they can use muscle names as mnemonic aids to learning. Muscle names can help students remember muscles by reminding them of the muscle's location, function, shape, size, and/or other characteristics.

language of muscles

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