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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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Oct 21, 2019

Host Kevin Patton previews the newly revised HAPS Learning Outcomes for A&P, discussing the goals of the revision and samples a few of the changes. Why is noon a good time to get your flu shot? Are there neurons that actively erase memories? Vaping: why A&P teachers need to keep up with the news.

00:42 | Timing of Vaccinations
02:36 | Sponsored by HAPS
03:04 | Neurons That Erase Memory
08:22 | Sponsored by AAA
08:47 | Vaping
13:45 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
14:28 | Revisiting the HAPS Learning Outcomes for A&P
41:43 | Staying Connected

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning. (Claude Bernard)


Timing of Vaccinations

2 minutes

With a new flu season upon us, vaccination is a timely topic. Recent research suggests that the time of day at which we receive our vaccination may influence it's effectiveness. At midday, CD8 T cells may respond more strongly than at other times of day.

  • Immune cells called T cells multiply after vaccination in the middle of the day. (journal news article)
  • The circadian clock of CD8 T cells modulates their early response to vaccination and the rhythmicity of related signaling pathways (journal research article)
  • Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S. (news article)
  • Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2019-2020 Season (CDC info)
  • Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report — Flu View (CDC updates)



Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. There are a bunch of 1-day regional workshops scattered all over the continent. There's probably one near you coming up this year (or next)!

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Neurons That Erase Memory

5.5 minutes

New evidence suggests that there is a population of neurons that actively erase old, unimportant memories during REM sleep. Hopefully, your memories of past episodes of this podcast will be preserved (as well as the date of my birthday).

  • Scientists Identify Neurons That Help the Brain Forget: In mice, cells in the hypothalamus clear out old memories while the animals sleep. (news article)
  • REM sleep–active MCH neurons are involved in forgetting hippocampus-dependent memories (journal report)



Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

 AAA logo



5 minutes

Vaping is a timely topic, considering the emergence of vaping-induced lung injury and other vaping-related conditions. Discussing the news about vaping, which is frequently updated, is appropriate in the A&P course. Following the story over the course of a year may helps students better understand human science.

  • Vaping Illnesses Top 1,000, C.D.C. Says (news article)
  • Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says (news article)
  • Vaping-Induced Lung Injury (journal editorial)
  • The Health Effects of Electronic Cigarettes (journal review article)
  • How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain (print/audio news story)
  • CDC Vaping Information (search results showing current information)
  • A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping (newspaper article)
  • Vaping-related illness has a new name: EVALI (news article)
  • Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury — United States, October 2019 (CDC update)



Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary 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


Revisting the A&P Learning Outcomes from HAPS

27 minutes

HAPS recently released its revised Learning Outcomes for A&P. It's a significant revision, with many improvements. Kevin discusses some of the changes and gives advice on how to navigate and use them in your course.

  • HAPS Learning Outcomes (download page for outcomes and white paper; requires login)
    • Module titles:
      • A: Body Plan & OrganizationB: HomeostasisC: Chemistry & Cell Biology

        D: Histology

        E: Integumentary System

        F: Skeletal System & Articulations

        G: Muscular System

        H: Nervous System

        I: General and Special Senses

        J: Endocrine System

        K: Cardiovascular System

        L: Lymphatic system and immunity

        M: Respiratory System

        N: Digestive system

        O: Nutrients & Metabolism

        P: Urinary System

        Q: Fluid/Electrolytes & Acid-Base Balance

        R: Reproductive System

        S: Introduction to Heredity

        T: Embryology



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