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The pituitary gland is attached to part of the brain called the hypothalamus. It produces a hormone called antidiuretic, which slows the production of urine by the kidneys.
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26 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

Students could use this to prompt a discussion of the method the body uses to control water and then describe other forms of homeostatic control in the body. Areas that could be covered include thermoregulation and the control of glucose. For a particular part of the endocrine system, students could put together a presentation that covers where the hormones originate, the target cells and receptor proteins involved and the control that takes place.