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Disease Nature, Control & Prevention - Chapter Summary
This chapter can help you review the nature of disease, as well as its control and prevention. You'll study the impact of personal care and hygiene on health, the difference between communicable and noncommunicable diseases and the common diseases of childhood. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to achieve these objectives:
- Discuss risk factors for contracting communicable diseases
- Define pathogens as they relate to disease
- Differentiate between endemic, epidemic and pandemic spread of disease
- Outline disease control and prevention
- Identify methods of health screening and early detection
- Share the techniques and principles of treating disease
- Explain how private agencies and government prevent disease
- Outline social issues in health care and disease prevention
Because this chapter is self-paced, you can study whenever it fits your schedule. The self-assessment quiz included with each lesson is a helpful way to assess how ready you are for a test or to move on. It's easy to reach out to one of our experts for help if you need assistance.
1. Impact of Personal Care & Hygiene Practices on Health
You've been told to wash your hands and clean your teeth, but do you really know why we bother doing this? In this lesson, you'll learn the importance and impact of hygiene on your health.
2. Communicable & Noncommunicable Diseases: Definition & Examples
A disease is a condition in the body that disrupts normal functions. Why are some diseases contagious while others aren't? This lesson discusses the difference between communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. Pathogens and Disease: Definitions, Types & Causes
There are many different types of pathogens and many problems they cause. This lesson will teach you about four main types of pathogens, examples of each, and what problems they cause.
6. The Spread of Disease: Endemic, Epidemic & Pandemic
This lesson will talk about what an endemic disease is and how it is different from an epidemic. We'll also discuss how an epidemic differs from something known as a pandemic. Finally, we'll look at some examples of each to help solidify these points.
7. Disease Control & Prevention
This lesson will discuss the many different ways by which people can control disease. Everything from vaccination to sterilization and beyond will be mentioned so that you can better appreciate the large arsenal of tools at our disposal.
8. Methods of Health Screening & Early Detection
People seek ways to prevent illness through health promotion and early detection. Read this lesson to learn what methods individuals can use to detect diseases early and increase their chances of a full recovery.
9. Treating Disease: Techniques & Principles
In this lesson, we're going to delve into the various techniques utilized for the treatment of some common diseases. We'll also look at the principles behind why the different types of techniques are used.
10. How Government & Private Agencies Prevent Disease
There are governmental and private agencies involved in health research and disease prevention. This lesson discusses three of these organizations: the CDC, the NIH, and the American Cancer Society.
11. Social Issues in Health Care & Disease Prevention
This lesson will discuss different health-related social issues, including the impact of religious beliefs on health care decisions, childhood vaccinations, organ donation, and end of life care.
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