Pain and Aspirin OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Health Services Course on Pain Relief by The Open University

Published Feb 10, 2009

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Students can learn about the benefits of aspirin for pain relief and the cause of pain on a molecular level in the 'Pain and Aspirin' OpenCourseWare. The free course is an undergraduate level course offered by The Open University and is part of the health services field.

Pain and Aspirin: Course Specifics

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Pain and Aspirin: Course Description

In the 'Pain and Aspirin' OpenCourseWare, students study prostaglandin, a chemical molecule that releases the sensation of pain into the nervous system causing the brain to react to the pain. The introductory level course shows students how aspirin can stop the pain by blocking the prostaglandin from releasing into the body. Students taking this OpenCourseWare must have an organic molecular modeling kit in order to complete the material and gain a complete understanding of this course. The course provides students with information on how pain sensation occurs in the body, how aspirin alleviates pain and how to identify the molecular process involved with pain and aspirin reactions. Students can learn about the chemical compounds of salicylic acid with figures and activities provided in the course materials. Students can also examine chemical formulas, diagrams and answer self-assessment questions to understand the content. The free course includes many chemistry terms, formulas and figures, so students taking this class should be familiar with chemistry or have previous knowledge in the subject. The OpenCourseWare materials can be completed in approximately nine hours.

This OpenCourseWare includes study materials. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the aspirin and pain course page.

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