In an effort to keep my sanity and have some fun studying for Step 1, I decided to create a short animation of the PI3K/Akt pathway. It’s obviously not anything special and by no means comprehensive, but I just got the software and haven’t done anything like this before, so give me a break! haha Hopefully I’ll have some time to actually get relatively decent using the software after my exam, so I can create some quality videos, gifs, etc. related to medicine. Enjoy!
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See this video for an excellent explanation of superantigens and the sequence of events they induce. A prototypical example of a superantigen is toxic shock syndrome toxin (TSST) released by S. aureus.
In a nutshell:
1) Superantigen binds periphery of T-cell and MHC molecule receptors
2) Non-selective T-cell activation with release of IFN-gamma
3) Macrophage activation and release of IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-alpha
4) Non-specific inflammatory response
I’m definitely someone who struggles keeping stuff organized when things sound the same, so I was always getting these mixed up. Here is a helpful cartoon courtesy of Jorge Muniz on www.medcomic.com to help keep things straight. The website actually has a lot of great cartoons that can really help you learn in a fun way. Enjoy!
Can you answer the NEJM image challenge? Click here to vote and see the answer.
A great video that everyone should watch. People are made in all shapes and sizes! Obviously healthcare professionals should encourage a healthy lifestyle, I think many people fail to realize that a healthy lifestyle does not mean a runway model body.
Be fit. Be healthy. Be proud of who you are.