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Week 2 Class Notes - Contemporary Issues in Biology (Week of January 19-21)

by: Kaley Hicks

Week 2 Class Notes - Contemporary Issues in Biology (Week of January 19-21) BIOL 10003

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These notes covered January 19 & 21 lectures + notes/outline of the readings required for class
Contemporary Issues in Biology
Dr. Sawey
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Biology, Contemporary Issues in Biology, abortion, Roe vs. Wade, Menopause
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Date Created: 01/22/16
Contemporary Issues in Biology Notes: Week 2 January 19, 2015 Class Notes:  A vasectomy involves cutting pieces out of both vas deferens. Why does a vasectomy result in sterility? o Sperm cannot move past a certain point  What are some of the problems in using PSA test in screening for prostate cancer? o 80% detection – other factors – serious side effects  Why is late stage prostate cancer deadly? o Spreads outside the prostate. -Female System  Diagram: if you see a label only on a diagram but not anywhere else = do not need to know for test -Pathway of Egg if Unfertilized  Follicle of ovary -> oviduct -> uterus -> vagina  Oviduct: connects ovaries to uterus, also called the fallopian tubes -Menstrual Cycle  Menstrual Cycle: the cyclic buildup and breakdown of the endometrium as the uterus prepares for monthly pregnancy -Age of First Menstrual Cycle  Why is the age of first menstrual cycle declining? Food is more readily available – more body fat -Hormones & Menstrual Cycle  Lining of endometrium is shed during menstrual cycle  Menstrual cycle = 28 days [statistical average]  Middle = 14 days : ovulation occurs here o Here there is a big increase of LH & FSH o Estrogen drop at end of cycle = triggers shedding of endometrium  Pituitary produces FSH & LH  FSH and LH cause follicle to develop and release egg -If the Egg is Fertilized  Fertilized egg is planted in endometrium-> embryo sends out hormonal message to the old follicle (corpus leteum) to let it know an embryo is present -> old follicle continues to produce estrogen and progestogen -If the Egg is Not-Fertilized  Unfertilized egg does not implant -> no hormonal message -Menopause  In a woman’s 40s, estrogen produce declines  Symptoms of early menopause (perimenopause) appear -Symptoms of Menopause  Hot flashes, dry skin, brittle hair, insomnia, vagina dryness, mood swings, skipped periods -Changing Hormone levels with Menopause  Perimenopause transition: right before menopause  Osteoporosis: a bone thinning disease  menopause accelerates this significantly  The reputation of estrogen supplements (hormone replacement therapy) has ping-ponged back and forth -Hormone Replacement Therapy  1960s: accepted  Pong: 1970s: discovered that taking estrogen alone increased cancer risk  Ping: 1980s and 1990s: Women who took estrogen after menopause were less likely to have heart attacks  **Know the 4 estrogen do’s and don’ts January 21, 2016 Class Notes: Human Sexuality  During a tubal ligation, a piece of each Fallopian tube is removed. Why would this result in sterility? o Egg cannot leave = no egg to be fertilized  What study tested the hypotheses about the effects of HRT and what do scientists call this type of design? o Woman’s Health Initiative ; 2 group experimental design -Two Group Experimental Design (**know for test)  Control group: did not receive HRT – given placebo  Experimental group” received HRT estrogen & progestogen  What are the current recommendations for women taking HRT? What are the dos and don’ts? -Human Sexual Response  Male sexual response: excitement phase  plateau phase  orgasm  resolution [must be a refractionary period for a 2 ndorgasm]  Female: B: never reaches organs, C: quick then steep resolution  Doesn’t have to be a refractory period with women -Types of Sexual Dysfunction  Women: low sexual desire (22%), arousal problems, pain during intercourse  Men: premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire -Painful Intercourse  Decreases with age -Absence of Orgasm  Ability to reach orgasm is correlated with levels of education  Stimulation results in nerve transmission  **cyclic gmp -Physiology of Erection  Stimulation increases cyclic GMP (enzyme) in penis and relaxation of smooth muscle  increased blood flow into erectile tissue  veins carrying blood out shut off -Loss of Erection  Lack of sexual stimulation leads ot breakdown of cyclic GMP (enzyme) by PDE5 (another enzyme in penis) -Impotence and Male Age  Affects more than 1 in 3 men ages 40 and up -Viagra  Enabled 83% of men with ED to have an erection -ED drugs  PDE5 inhibitors: Viagra [4-5 hours], Cialis [36 hours], Levitra [4-5 hours] -Discovery of ED Drugs  First examined as a drug to help with heart problems  drug did not have desired effect  Test subjects would not send back test pills  Thus, ED drugs were discovered due to serendipity (finding valuable things not sought for) -How ED drugs work [do not have ability to increase cyclic GMP – but can slow down PDE5]  ED drugs allow stimulation to increase cyclic gmp -Side Effects of ED Drugs  Headaches, upset stomach, runny/stuffy nose  Most serious: priapism: an erection that does not end when sexual stimulation ends; may last for hours, damaging tissue and contributing to ED -What if ED drugs don’t work?  Vacuum pumps -Abortion: Roe vs. Wade  1973 – Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion nationwide  Prior to 1973 – some states had legalized abortion -Changes in Numbers of Abortions  1973: drop in illegal abortions -Types of In-Clinic Abortions  Vacuum Aspiration; Dilation and Evacuation -How Abortion Pill works  Abortion pill blocks the action of progesterone Lecture 4 Biology Reading Notes: Coping with Sexual Woes  The penis functions as a gauge for detecting impending heart problems  Flagging eretions affect more than a third of men over 40.  ED heralds heart trouble because arties in the penis have about a quarter the diameter of coronary arties  Eating better and exercising regularly can not only stave off plaque buildup in arties but reverse it  Among medical options, one of the best is to inject a medication such as alprostadil  Vacuum pumps put negative pressure on the penise


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