An Introduction to the Endocrine System
This module introduces you to the general functions of the endocrine system. It acquaints you with the endocrine structures and the significance of hormones, including how they act and how their influence on the body is turned on and off.
Endocrine Disorders in Women
This module begins with a look at how two common endocrine disorders, diabetes and thyroid disease, manifest themselves in women. It also discusses galactorrhea and hyperprolactinemia, which are endocrine disorders particularly relevant to women.
Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy
This module addresses the types of hormone therapies available to treat the symptoms of declining estrogen and the considerations of these therapies for the general short-term benefits. The module also discusses the possible long-term benefits (eg, prevention of fractures; reduction in colon cancer, diabetes and dementia) and risks (eg, breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, cardiovascular events, stroke, thromboembolic events (DVT), gallbladder disease, and urinary incontinence) due to the systemic use of hormone therapy.
The Adrenal Glands
This module describes the adrenal glands, distinguishes among the hormones secreted by the adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla, and explains the mechanisms that control adrenal secretions.
The Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland
This module acquaints you with the hormones associated with two particularly important structures of the endocrine system--the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
While this module introduces you to both the exocrine and endocrine functions of the pancreas, its main focus is on the pancreas as an endocrine organ. The module discusses the pancreatic hormones and the mechanisms that control their secretions.
The Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
This module describes the thyroid and parathyroid glands, including the hormones they secrete and the mechanisms that control their secretions.
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