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Kidney Structure & Function Released 06 / 01/ 09
The macro- and micro-anatomy of the kidney will be examined in this
course, which will be linked to how this organ functions, and works
together with other organ systems to maintain homeostasis. In particular,
it’s role in maintenance of body fluid and blood pressure will be
discussed. This is a challenging course, and requires some understanding
of the processes involving osmosis, active and passive transport, and
cotransport mechanisms. On correct completion of the workbook, you
should have gained a good understanding of the function of this organ,
and it’s contribution to homeostasis.
Neurones - their role in the nervous system Released 02 / 02/ 09
This course looks at the major functional unit of the nervous system
- the neurone - and examines how it’s structure has developed to support
it’s function. This course will be particularly useful in re-visiting the
physiology of action potential generation.
Renal Disease Released 20 / 02/ 09
The follow-on to Kidney Structure & Function, this course examines
disorders and diseases affecting the kidney, together with their
Calciphylaxis Released 05 / 03/ 09
Starling Forces Released 31 / 03/ 09
Cirrhosis Released 10 / 05/ 09
Insulin Resistance & Metabolic Syndrome Released 02 / 06/ 09
Obesity Released 30 / 06/ 09
Critical Appraisal Released 24 / 06/ 09
Biologic Agents Released 12 / 08/ 09
Local Analgesia Released 14 / 09/ 09
This short course looks at the pathological changes which result in the
presentation of calciphylaxis, particularly within the lower limb.
This disorder is closely linked with renal dysfunction, and is known to
be responsible for the development of lower limb ulceration.
Understanding the physiology behind this investigation is the aim of this
course. The procedure and interpretation of the result will be discussed,
together with examples of normal and abnormal ECG traces.
Whilst many people may not be familiar with this term, they are usually
familiar with the processes involved. Starling Forces have a major impact
the maintenance of homeostasis, and the movement of fluid, ions, and
drugs throughout the body’s compartments. A good basic understanding
of them will significantly improve your general understanding of
physiology, and the function of organs such as the heart, kidneys,
and the vasculature.
The incidence of hepatic cirrhosis is increasing in the general population,
so it is the aim of this course to examine the pathological changes which
take place in this disease, together with aetiological factors, clinical
features, and potential outcomes. Hopefully this will provide practitioners
with an underpinning knowledge so they may contribute appropriately to
the care of patients with this disease.
Within the last few years the numbers of patients exhibiting the clinical
signs of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance are rising rapidly.
This course will examine how this phenomenon occurs, the pathological
changes which take place, and the clinical consequences for both the
patient and clinician.
At the request of website users, this course will examine what is actually
involved in the process of critical appraisal, and how it fits in with the
application of evidence-based medicine. It is hoped that the course will
provide users with a simple, structured approach, which they can apply
in their own research / practice. The course differs slightly from the
others on this site as the completion task is included within the course download.
Almost 1 in 4 adults in the UK are currently obese, with estimates that by
2050, 9 in 10 adults will be overweight or obese. The cost of overweight
and obese individuals to the NHS is estimated to be £4.2 billion and is
forecasted to more than double by 2050. The cost to the wider economy
is £16 billion, and this is predicted to rise to £50 billion per year by
2050 if left unchecked. In addition the costs in terms of individual quality
of life, whilst difficult to quantify, have a major impact, and lead to
ncreased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver disease, and kidney
failure. This course aims to examine the underlying physiological changes
occurring with obesity, and the impact this has on health.
This course will look at the role of biologic agents in management
musculo-skeletal problems, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Their
pharmacological actions, clinical applications, limitations, side–effects,
and benefits will be discussed.
This course provides an update for those holding an HPC-approved
Local Analgesia Certificate, and covers the pharmacology of the
licensed agents, administration, special precautions, and consent issues.
The Inflammatory Response Released 31/ 10/ 09
This course will provide an overview of the process of acute inflammation,
from initiation to the beginning of proliferation. It will look at the role of
chemical mediators, cytokines, and different cell types in this process,
and examine how these entities work together to produce the classical
Anti-diabetic Drugs Released 22/12/09
This course looks at the main categories of drugs used to manage Diabetes
Mellitus, in particular their mechanism of action, anti-diabetic effect,
and the possible side-effects which may be experienced through their use.
The use of insulin has already been covered in an earlier course.