Pain Mechanisms
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Pain Mechanisms
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Pain is a sensation that warns of potential injury and alerts the person to avoid or treat it. For example, if you touch a hot object, you will feel pain and immediately remove your hand from that object, protecting your hand from further damage. As much as pain can burden and torment, ultimately it is…

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Gastrointestinal Regulatory Substances
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As we eat, our gastrointestinal (GI) system releases a host of both local and distant regulators to control the process of digestion. We will begin with the primary hormones, then cover some of the secondary hormones, and lastly discuss how our body senses its intraluminal contents and then subsequently integrates all of the various stimuli…

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Tension headaches
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Migraine, Cluster, and Tension Headaches
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Headaches are an unavoidable fact of life and often are nothing more than the result of sitting through one too many lectures. However, they can become debilitating and get in the way of daily life, especially when they become recurrent. Although some headaches have symptoms other than head pain, we typically think of headache pain…

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A Masterclass in USMLE Prep for Medical Students The USMLE Step 1 may have transitioned to a pass/fail format, but a firm grasp of high-yield anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry remains the bedrock of your medical knowledge. These foundational sciences provide a critical framework for understanding disease processes, guiding patient diagnoses, and delivering effective medical care.…

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Hey there, future healers! As a first-year (or soon-to-be first-year) med student, you’re probably neck-deep in fascinating (and sometimes overwhelming) information. But have you heard about question banks? These online question banks are about to become your secret weapon for success. What are Qbanks and Why Should You Care? Qbanks are massive collections of practice…

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Patent Ductus Arteriosus
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Patent Ductus Arteriosis
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he ductus arteriosus (DA) is a structure that allows blood pumped from the right side of the heart to bypass the lungs while the fetus is developing in utero. Normally, the DA closes shortly after birth and becomes the ligamentum arteriosum. When the DA fails to close (remains open, or patent) after birth, it is…

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Congenital Disorders of the Reproductive Systems
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Congenital Disorders of the Reproductive Systems
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In typical reproductive system development, recall that the intermediate mesoderm forms the mesonephric (Wolffian) and paramesonephric (Müllerian) ducts and the indifferent gonads; primitive germ cells migrate into the indifferent gonads. These are the structures that become the internal organs of the reproductive systems. After listening to this AudioBrick, you should be able to: Describe the…

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The behemoth of medical school exams, Step 1, looms large. But with a well-structured study plan, you can conquer this milestone! This guide breaks down a potential schedule, highlighting how qbanks can be your secret weapon throughout your Step 1 prep journey. Months 1-3: Build the Foundation As a newcomer to the world of medical…

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While the USMLE Step 1 transitioned to pass/fail scoring, doing well on this exam remains crucial for medical students. A strong foundation sets you up for success in later stages and residency applications. Here are ten actionable strategies to effectively approach your Step 1 prep: Number 1: Master Active Learning Focus on understanding, not memorization:…

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Stimulants and Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs
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Stimulant medications are drugs that increase alertness and attention. They also elevate heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. Stimulants are used to treat many conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic lethargy, narcolepsy, and obesity. Examples of stimulants include caffeine, amphetamines (such as dextroamphetamine), methylphenidate, and modafinil. Cognitive-enhancing drugs serve a similar purpose, increasing memory,…

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