Ch 32: Human Disease & Defense

About This Chapter

In this overview of human disease and defense, you will review immune deficiency diseases, use of stem cells, and medical terminology. Short but information-packed, the lessons are designed to help you with homework or test preparation.

Human Disease & Defense - Chapter Summary

While going through these lessons, you will deepen your understanding of human disease and defense. Topics covered include the Rh blood group, substance abuse, and the effects of different types of drugs. This self-paced chapter can also help you understand different medical terms. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss the efficiency of the immune system
  • Explain the difference between specific and non-specific immunity
  • Recall immune system diseases and four main types of pathogens
  • Discuss prevention of noncommunicable diseases
  • Describe genetic disorders and discuss prenatal genetic counseling
  • Explain how stem cells are used in medicine
  • Recall medical treatments related to the immune system
  • Provide examples of how medical technology is used to diagnose disease

These lessons will help you quickly grasp concepts related to human disease and defense. A brief quiz is available to test your knowledge after each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a helpful study tool. A full written transcript accompanies each video in case you prefer text-based learning.

14 Lessons in Chapter 32: Human Disease & Defense
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Human Immune System: Inflammation & Antibodies

1. The Human Immune System: Inflammation & Antibodies

A body as efficient as ours deserves an equally efficient immune system to protect it. Luckily for us, the efficiency of the immune system is its greatest strength, as this lesson demonstrates.

Specific vs. Non-Specific Immunity

2. Specific vs. Non-Specific Immunity

This lesson is on specific and non-specific immunity. Here, we'll go over what your immune system is and what it does. We will also explain the two parts of the immune system, specific and non-specific.

The Immune System at the Cellular Level: Terminology

3. The Immune System at the Cellular Level: Terminology

This lesson defines several terms related to the microscopic aspects of the immune system: immunity, lymphocytes, B cells, T cells, macrophages, dendritic cells, complements, interferon, and lymphokines.

Immune Deficiency Diseases: Definitions & Types

4. Immune Deficiency Diseases: Definitions & Types

This lesson will teach you about the immune system, what immune deficiency means, why that's dangerous, and about the important causes of such a problem, including HIV/AIDS, SCID, CVID, and more.

Pathogens and Disease: Definitions, Types & Causes

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.

Noncommunicable Diseases: Early Detection & Prevention

6. Noncommunicable Diseases: Early Detection & Prevention

In this lesson, we'll explain what noncommunicable diseases are. We'll be looking at two main examples, cancer and diabetes. For each disease we'll explain early detection processes and prevention strategies.

What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions & Descriptions

7. What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions & Descriptions

This lesson defines genetic disorders and explores three main types of genetic disorders, including monogenetic disorders, chromosome disorders, and multifactorial inheritance disorders. You'll learn about genes, chromosomes, DNA, and much more!

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

8. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

This lesson will describe the six major classes of psychoactive drugs, give examples of substances in each class, and explain what they cause a person to experience in the short-term and the long-term.

Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

9. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Rh Blood Group, Rh Factor & Erythroblastosis Fetalis

10. Rh Blood Group, Rh Factor & Erythroblastosis Fetalis

Rh factor is a red blood cell antigen found in most people. Those with Rh factor are Rh positive, while those without are Rh negative. In this lesson you will learn about Rh blood compatibility and its importance during pregnancy.

Prenatal Genetic Counseling and Assessment

11. Prenatal Genetic Counseling and Assessment

When expecting a baby, many couples are concerned with the possibility of something being wrong with the baby's health. In this lesson, we'll explore genetic counseling, including who should consider it and what to expect.

What is a Stem Cell? - Definition, Uses & Research Facts

12. What is a Stem Cell? - Definition, Uses & Research Facts

Stem cells are able to repair and replace damaged tissues and organs, and research on the use of these remarkable cells to treat many otherwise incurable conditions is ongoing. In this lesson, we'll learn what stem cells are and how they are being used in medicine.

Medical Terms for Treatments Related to the Immune System

13. Medical Terms for Treatments Related to the Immune System

While our immune system is there to protect us, it can sometimes overstep its bounds and hurt us, or it can be too weak to help us out. That's why we turn to immunotherapy, which can help in either instance.

Medical Technology: Definition & Examples

14. Medical Technology: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, learn what medical technology is and be able to list many examples of diagnosis and treatment medical technology, both simple and complex.

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