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Ch 8: Noncommunicable Diseases

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Our video lessons and quizzes can help you understand risk factors for contracting noncommunicable diseases, like allergies, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Learn how early detection and prevention can reduce the risks from these diseases.

Noncommunicable Diseases - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors explain methods for prevention of noncommunicable disease, like exercise, weight loss, and the reduction of air pollution. We also take a look at the causes, symptoms, and treatment of thromboembolism and the definition and types of neoplasia.

You'll learn about what causes cancer, including genetic risk factors. As you progress through this chapter, you'll learn all about the signs, risk factors, and treatments for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When you've completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Name some risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and asthma
  • Describe the prevention of heart disease
  • Explain how early detection methods, such as genetic counseling and Pap smears, affect the incidence of non-communicable diseases
  • Describe the causes and treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Our professional instructors design the video lessons so you learn the most important ideas in each subject in a simple, engaging format. Key vocabulary words and terms are linked to helpful articles that allow you to read further into each one. The major points of each video are tagged so you can go back and review one section without starting the whole video over, and every lesson includes a written transcript in case you want to follow along.

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Noncommunicable Diseases
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Noncommunicable Diseases: Early Detection & Prevention

1. 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.

Allergies and Asthma: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

2. Allergies and Asthma: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Allergies and asthma may sometimes seem to be connected, but the conditions are not intrinsically related. Explore the similarities and differences between allergies and asthma, which can be caused by non-allergic components, and discover the common causes, symptoms, and treatments for both.

Thromboemboli: Definition, Causes & Treatments

3. Thromboemboli: Definition, Causes & Treatments

Thromboemboli is a blood clot that can be caused by injury to a blood vessel or when blood flow is restricted. Understand the definition and causes of thromboembolic and venous thromboembolism, and examine treatments for thromboemboli.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors & Preventative Strategies

4. Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors & Preventative Strategies

Cardiovascular disease can be caused by many different risk factors. Explore how drinking, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a lack of exercise contribute to this disease, discover the uncontrollable risk factors that play a part, and review the preventative strategies that keep the heart healthy.

What is Neoplasia? - Definition, Types & Examples

5. What is Neoplasia? - Definition, Types & Examples

Neoplasia is defined as the abnormal growth and rapid increase of abnormal cells and/or abnormal amounts of cells, both benign and malignant. Learn about the different types of neoplasia, see examples of benign and malignant tumors, and examine the definition of carcinoma in situ.

Benign vs. Malignant: Definition, Characteristics & Differences

6. Benign vs. Malignant: Definition, Characteristics & Differences

Benign tumors are not cancerous, whereas malignant tumors are cancerous and can cause widespread damage to the body if they metastasize. Learn more about the definitions of benign and malignant and explore their characteristics and macroscopic and microscopic differences.

Risk Factors, Screening, Treatment, and Prevention of Cancer

7. Risk Factors, Screening, Treatment, and Prevention of Cancer

The diagnosis of cancer goes through various processes; understanding risk factors, screening, treatment and prevention methods. Learn more about these and mitigating factors that can produce a higher or lower risk of cancer.

Cancer Syndromes & Genetic Risk Factors for Cancer

8. Cancer Syndromes & Genetic Risk Factors for Cancer

Cancer syndrome is a condition where genetic mutations that increase the risk of cancer are inherited. Explore what cancer syndrome is and its role in cancer at a young age, discover some clues to help detect if cancer developed due to this condition, and take a look at the genetic risk factors.

Type 1 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

9. Type 1 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is a chronic condition that destroys cells in the pancreas, leaving the body unable to produce sufficient insulin. Learn the definition of type 1 diabetes, and explore this disease's risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Understand that while type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, the prognosis for patients can be positive if the disease is managed properly.

Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

10. Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

Type 2 diabetes has many risk factors, including age, genetics, and poor diet choices resulting in obesity. Explore the definition and causes of type 2 diabetes, the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for acquiring it, the symptoms of insulin resistance, the prognosis for patients, and the available treatments.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

11. What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that generally affects the joints of the hands and the feet. Understand this bad form of arthritis, the definition, and cause of rheumatoid arthritis, and examine the clinical signs, symptoms, diagnostics, and treatment of this autoimmune disease.

Osteoarthritis: Causes, Mechanism, and Treatment

12. Osteoarthritis: Causes, Mechanism, and Treatment

Osteoarthritis or OA is a disease where the joint cartilage and subchondral bone are degenerated and modified. Study the causes and mechanism of osteoarthritis, and learn about the symptoms and treatment of this disease.

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