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- Identify the lessons in the ScienceFusion Infectious Disease chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the infectious disease topics you need to learn or review.
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Students will learn:
- Noninfectious diseases
- Infectious disease causes
- Kinds of infectious agents
- How diseases can be transmitted
- Antiviral drugs
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1. Noninfectious vs. Infectious Diseases
A disease can be either infectious or noninfectious. In this lesson, we will explore the differences between these two types of diseases and look at examples of each.
2. Infectious Agents: Definition & Types
Infectious agents are tricky little invaders. They sneak in, use your body, and often make you sick in the process. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types as well as some common examples of each.
3. The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission
This lesson will discuss the different ways you can get sick. We'll discuss how pathogenic microbes can be transmitted to you or someone else as we explore horizontal and vertical transmission as well as vectors, vehicles, and fomites.
4. Antibiotics and Vaccines
Do you know why children must get regularly vaccinated? Have you ever wondered how an antibiotic works and why they are so widely prescribed? If so, this lesson will help you to understand how changes in medicine have almost eliminated several deadly diseases and added decades to the average person's lifespan.
5. Antiviral Drugs: Treatments for Flu & Other Common Viruses
You may have heard that viruses are not even considered to be alive, but they sure can cause a lot of damage when they infect us! Learn how antiviral drugs can selectively inhibit viruses even though they use our own cellular machinery to reproduce.
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- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.1: Introduction to Body Systems
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.2: The Skeletal & Muscular Systems
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.3: The Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.4: The Digestive & Excretory Systems
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.5: The Nervous & Endocrine Systems
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 1.6: The Reproductive System
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 2.1: The Immune System
- ScienceFusion The Human Body Unit 2.3: Nutrition & Fitness