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Why does a rise in cAMP potentiate PGI2?

In my book Principles of Physiology (by Debasis Pramanik), it is mentioned that dipyridamole inhibits phosohodiesterase which increases cyclic adenosine monophosohate (cAMP) which potentiates ...
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Citrate vs EDTA

What is the difference between the use of «citrate» and «EDTA» as an anticoagulant in medicine (I know that each one is used for some dosages but not the other, but I need to know why)?
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How does one determine which textbook to start with when wanting to build knowledge in medical sciences? [closed]

The medical field is vast and there is a great deal of literature, including textbooks. Is there a clear progression of textbooks that one could go through in order to build knowledge in the medical ...
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Chlorophyll supplements: metabolism of chlorophyll in the human body and proof for resulting health benefits?

I see people buy and consume powders that they claim consists of chlorophyll, calling it „lichtkraft“ in german, meaning „the power of light”. They are expecting health benefits from consuming it. ...
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Biochemistry of (tap water) iontophoresis?

I'm curious to know what science has to say about the biochemical processes of tap water iontophoresis. I was trying to find some insights from the mechanism of action to answer things like: Why does ...
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How is moistness balanced with avoiding overgranulisation, in wound care?

Assuming that infection, bleeding are taken care of, and/or for the purposes of this question can be ignored: I am trying to gain an understanding of an aspect of wound care I don't yet really ...
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How does exercise improve health?

Particularly, it is often stated that exercise is good for battling heart disease and controlling blood pressure. Does anyone have any insight on how/why exercise does this? Thanks.
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

As far as I understand, fluoride helps in hardening the enamel of our teeth by replacing the calcium element in hydroxyapatite to convert it in the stronger fluorapatite, like explained here. Wether ...
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Are any 3D printed materials biocompatible (safe for implantation in the human body)?

Are any typical 3D printed (extrusion based 3D printer) materials, such as ABS or PLA (or slightly more exotic ones, such as kevlar, fibreglass, or carbon fiber), safe for implantation in the human ...
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Saturated and unsaturated fats, same compound in blood/cells?

I'm trying to self-studying a bit of biochemistry. When carbs enter the blood, it seems to have understood that they enter with the same chemical compounds, called glucose. I'm wondering if ...
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Opposite Venous Blood pH Readings In Groups Of Patients?

Assume Group A and B are 2,000 people each. If one doctor found that, say, sodium bicarbonate alkalized all venous blood of patients in Group A, but another doctor found that sodium bicarbonate ...
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how does the immune system identify allergens? application: varenicline and lobeline

I'm wondering if we know how the immune system identifies allergens. My biochemistry knowledge is basic so I apologize if I use concepts incorrectly! Specifically, I want to know about the likelihood ...
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Sensitization and Energy Crisis in Myofascial Pain Syndrome

In Travell and Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, an energy crisis within a muscle is said to entail the release of sensitizing substances that could interact with ...
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Acid-forming vs Acidic foods

I have always noticed, on various lists containing the pH values of common foods, that dried loose-leaf black tea is slightly alkaline (~7.2), and one of the most alkaline drinks. At the same time, if ...