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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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Jan 14, 2019

The essential concepts of anatomy & physiology can be recognized by students as the "big ideas" in the stories we tell. Will apoB tests replace LDL tests? How oxytocin works. How smell can affect cortisol/stress.

00:39 | Cholesterol & ApoB in Cardiac Risk
05:48 | How Oxytocin Works
09:49 | Sponsored by HAPS
10:11 | Smell Affects Cortisol / Stress
14:38 | Sponsored by AAA
14:52 | Featured: Big Ideas - Essential Concepts in A&P

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The big ideas are usually simple ideas. (David Ogilvy)


1 |Cholesterol & ApoB in Cardiac Risk

5 minutes

Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) is the protein part of the lipoprotein particles in our bloodstream that contain cholesterol. In primary medical care, we often measure total low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) to help us determine risk for cardiovascular disease. As protocols are reviewed, some believe measuring ApoB is a better measure of cardiovascular risk.

lipoprotein structure


2 | How Oxytocin Works

4 minutes

We know oxytocin (OT) promotes labor contractions of the uterine myometrium. But how? New evidences helps explain the mechanism.

  • Oxytocin can regulate myometrial smooth muscle excitability by inhibiting the Na+‐activated K+ channel, Slo2.1 (research article from The Journal of Physiology)

myometrium of uterus 


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 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.

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4 | Smell Affects Cortisol / Stress

4.5 minutes

Smells in our environment can increase or decrease blood cortisol levels, indicating modulation of our stress response. In particular, the smell of a romantic partner can reduce a woman's stress. Hmmm. Might it also reduce test anxiety? Interesting...



5 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minute

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6 | Big Ideas - Essential Concepts in A&P

11.5 minutes

When telling the story of human structure & function, we want our students to identify the "big ideas" and even just the "kinda big ideas," as well as both the "main characters" and "minor characters." By making a habit of looking for the kinda big ideas, perhaps running a concept list to collect them, students may begin to understand the essential concepts of A&P. And it may help them see the connectness of the structures and functions of the body.

big idea


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