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Big Ideas: The Essential Concepts of A&P | Episode 35

by Kevin Patton

Big Ideas: The Essential Concepts of A&P

TAPP Radio Episode 35

Quick Take

0:39 | Cholesterol & ApoB in Cardiac Risk
5:48 | How Oxytocin Works
9:49 | 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 minutesmyometrium of uterus

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) my-ap.us/2AJsDLf

3 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

HAPS logoThe 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 



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

American Association of Anatomists

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 anatomy.org

6 | Big Ideas – Essential Concepts in A&P

big idea

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.

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Preview of Episode 36

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which focuses on the big year (the first year) of The A&P Professor podcast (TAPP Radio). There’s more… some word dissections and recommendations from The A&P Professor Book Club.


one year


.5 minute

  • Feedback/questions from listener Adam Rich
  • Have we discovered a new type of blood vessel?
  • Looking back at the big ideas of the first year of this podcast

Word Dissections

7.5 minutes

  • Podcast
    • Netcast
    • Audible revolution: Online radio is booming thanks to iPods, cheap audio software and weblogs, reports Ben Hammersley (first proposed use of “podcast”) my-ap.us/2AZ4lwB
  • In fimo
    • In vitro
    • In vivo
    • Feces
    • Studies can be in vitro, in vivo and now ‘in fimo’ — in poop (brief description in Science News) my-ap.us/2ATJ5bN
    • “In Fimo”: A Term Proposed for Excrement Examined Experimentally (article in Gastroenterology journal proposing new term) my-ap.us/2AYtDuM
      • My favorite quote from the paper: “…we use the following term for the active enzymes extracted from an in fimo sample: poopernatant.”


Book Club

5.5 minutes

Last updated: December 30, 2020 at 10:40 am

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