About This Chapter
Disease Causes, Control & Prevention - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will encounter both text and video lessons that will make it easy and fun for you to refresh your memory about diseases. You can study subjects that include the effects of pollutants on health, widespread childhood diseases, ways to evaluate chemicals for cancer-causing ingredients, and other subjects. When you are done with the lessons, answer the questions on the quizzes to test yourself. The other subjects included in this chapter are the following:
- Risk factors for catching communicable diseases
- Assessment of family history as a risk factor for disease
- Influence of demographics on disease
- Causes and prevention of birth defects
- Selective toxicity and classes of antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs
The lessons in this chapter are only 5-10 minutes long. You can ask the instructors if you have any questions about them or the quizzes. This chapter is mobile-friendly; you can take it wherever you go.
1. Risk Factors for Contracting Communicable Diseases
Communicable diseases are all around us. In this lesson, discover certain risk factors that can make you more likely to catch one of these diseases. By knowing what places you at high risk, you'll be able to stay low risk!
2. Evaluating Family Health History as a Risk Factor for Disease
Certain diseases run in families. A family health history gathers health information about a person's close relatives. Learn how this information can be used to help predict a patient's risk of developing a disease in their lifetime.
3. How Demographics Impact Disease
As humans have evolved, there have been many changes in how and where we live. These demographics, along with several other factors, have a significant impact on disease. Let's look at the most important of these factors.
4. The Dose-Response Curve: Determining Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants
In this video lesson, you will learn about dose-response curves and how toxicologists measure the toxicity and effects of toxicants. You will also learn about how this data is applied to human health.
5. Assessing Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Agents
In this video lesson, you will identify sources of cancer-causing agents. You will also learn how scientists determine which substances and chemicals cause cancer in humans.
6. What are Birth Defects? - Causes, Types & Prevention
Birth defects are abnormalities caused by genetics or exposure to harmful substances in the womb. This lesson discusses causes and types of birth defects as well as their prevention. It wraps up with a quiz to test your knowledge.
7. Common Childhood Diseases
In this lesson, we'll review the signs and symptoms of some of the most common childhood diseases. Although we won't have time to review every childhood disease, we'll go over chickenpox, pink eye, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, pinworms, and gastroenteritis.
8. Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Drugs: Selective Toxicity, Classes and Mechanisms
How can antibiotics kill bacteria but not harm our own cells? In this lesson, learn about the selective toxicity of antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs and some basic mechanisms for their activity.
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