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Ch 6: The Disease Process: Tutoring Solution

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The Disease Process chapter of this College Microbiology Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the process of disease. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the disease processes and transmission methods required in a typical college microbiology course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss methods of disease control and prevention.
  • Explain the differences between infection and disease.
  • Describe how normal human flora helps to prevent disease.
  • Compare symbiotic interactions in disease.
  • Describe the disease process from infection to recovery.
  • Explain the different routes of infectious disease transmission.
  • Discuss the different models of the spread of disease.
  • Compare the different types of diseases.
  • Describe the most common causes of nosocomial infections.
  • Learn how disease is established.

69 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Disease Process: Tutoring Solution
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Disease Control & Prevention

1. 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.

The Differences Between Infection and Disease

2. The Differences Between Infection and Disease

This lesson will go over the differences between an infection and a disease. We'll cover everything from prions and infectivity to opportunistic infections and idiopathic disease. We'll also learn what the etiology of disease is and much more.

Preventing Disease: Normal Human Flora

3. Preventing Disease: Normal Human Flora

This lesson will give you a basic understanding of what human flora is. You'll learn about the different locations of flora, such as the gut, and what mutualistic, commensal, and opportunistic microbes are.

Symbiotic Interactions in Disease: Definition, Theory & Examples

4. Symbiotic Interactions in Disease: Definition, Theory & Examples

This lesson will describe something known as symbiosis and symbionts. We will explore the three main types and examples of symbiotic relationships as we define mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism.

Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

5. Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

This lesson will teach you about the five basic steps of the development of disease, what they are called, and what occurs during each phase. We'll talk about the incubation and prodromal period as well as the periods of convalescence, decline, and illness.

The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

6. 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.

The Spread of Disease: Endemic, Epidemic & Pandemic

7. 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.

What Are the Types of Diseases?

8. What Are the Types of Diseases?

This lesson will focus on the different types of diseases that a person may develop or contract. We'll discuss the differences between acute, chronic, primary, secondary, local, and systemic diseases.

Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention

9. Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention

In this lesson, you will learn about what a nosocomial infection is. We'll discuss, in particular, the many reasons you may get such an infection, which types of pathogens are most likely to cause one, and the most common places in your body you may acquire one.

Establishment of Disease: Entry, Dose & Virulence

10. Establishment of Disease: Entry, Dose & Virulence

This lesson will delve into what predisposes an individual to get sick. We'll talk about things like the entry, dose, and virulence of a pathogen and how they play a role in the establishment of a disease.

Clostridium Sordelli: Symptoms & Treatment

11. Clostridium Sordelli: Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, we'll learn about a bacteria called Clostridium sordellii. We'll explore the diseases and symptoms it causes and examine how this bacteria can be treated.

Erythroplakia: Symptoms & Treatment

12. Erythroplakia: Symptoms & Treatment

If you see an odd looking red patch inside of your mouth, should you worry? Maybe, maybe not -- it depends on exactly what the patch looks like. If it looks like it might be erythroplakia, you should definitely go see a doctor.

What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples

13. What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples

If we look back through history, we can point to many epidemics. In this lesson, you'll learn what an epidemic is and see some recent as well as older examples of epidemics. Then, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma? - Types, Symptoms & Treatment

14. What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma? - Types, Symptoms & Treatment

Basal cell carcinoma sounds frightening, but most cases aren't serious. The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma affects millions of people every year, and treatment is important.

What is Prion Disease? - Symptoms & Treatment

15. What is Prion Disease? - Symptoms & Treatment

Learn about prion disease and the symptoms that are associated with the disease. We will also look at the treatments that are used to address prion disease. After this lesson, you can take the short quiz to test your knowledge.

Abscess: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

16. Abscess: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Abscesses can be painful, red, and require medical attention. But sometimes they can heal on their own with gentle cleaning. In this lesson we will review what abscesses are, what their symptoms are, and how they are treated.

Agnosia: Definition, Types, Symptoms & Treatment

17. Agnosia: Definition, Types, Symptoms & Treatment

After completing this lesson, you will be able to define agnosia and describe its symptoms and treatment options. A short quiz follows this lesson so that you can test your new knowledge.

Agraphia: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

18. Agraphia: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

We often take simple abilities for granted, such as being able to write. For some people, they may have great difficulty writing. In this lesson, we will learn about agraphia. We will look at symptoms associated with agraphia and treatment options.

Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Types & Examples

19. Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Types & Examples

Learn about defense mechanisms and how they help people cope with difficult situations. Explore the most common types of defense mechanisms and consider examples of each one.

Esophageal Cancer: Causes, Stages, Symptoms & Treatment

20. Esophageal Cancer: Causes, Stages, Symptoms & Treatment

Esophageal cancer is cancer of the, you guessed it, esophagus! In this lesson, you'll learn about the causes, symptoms, treatment options and staging processes associated with esophageal cancer.

Esophageal Varices: Definition, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

21. Esophageal Varices: Definition, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

This lesson will define esophageal varices, describing symptoms, and discussing causes and treatment. Esophageal varices are serious and relate to the health of the liver.

Fat Embolism: Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

22. Fat Embolism: Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

A fat embolism is a glob of fat that gets into the bloodstream. It is problematic when the glob is too large to pass through a blood vessel, causing it to get stuck. Read this lesson to learn how this happens and what to do if it does.

Hyphema: Definition & Treatment

23. Hyphema: Definition & Treatment

Hyphema is a condition where blood collects in the front of the eye, sometimes completely blocking vision. Read this lesson to learn more about hyphema, how it develops, and how to treat it!

Iatrogenic Disease: Definition & Effects

24. Iatrogenic Disease: Definition & Effects

What happens if you get sicker after receiving some type of medical treatment that was supposed to make you better? This is called an iatrogenic disease. Watch this lesson to learn about iatrogenic diseases and see some examples.

Laceration: Definition, Types & Repair

25. Laceration: Definition, Types & Repair

What is the difference between a laceration and a puncture wound? Wait, what is a laceration anyway? Read this lesson to learn what it is, the different types you can get, and how to repair them if you are unlucky enough to get one!

Palpation: Definition & Types

26. Palpation: Definition & Types

What can you tell about an object you touch with your hands? Is it hot or cold? Is it smooth or rough? Does it have any lumps or bumps? Health providers use palpation to determine various bodily characteristics of patients. Find out more about the different types of palpation used.

Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

27. Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Many of us have experienced a sinus infection before, and I think we can all agree they aren't fun. Read this lesson to brush up on the causes, symptoms, and possible treatment options for sinus infections (also called sinusitis).

Skin Maceration: Definition & Process

28. Skin Maceration: Definition & Process

Anytime the skin gets wet and stays wet there is a risk of the skin breaking down in a process known as maceration. In this lesson we will define skin maceration, identify its causes, and go over some prevention methods.

What Is a Carcinogen? - Definition & Examples

29. What Is a Carcinogen? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard about carcinogens, but what are they exactly? They're present in many things that would probably surprise you. Learn about carcinogens, how they operate, and what you can do to avoid exposure.

What Is a CAT Scan? - Definition, Side Effects & Risks

30. What Is a CAT Scan? - Definition, Side Effects & Risks

This lesson is going to explain what a computerized axial tomography scan, or CAT scan, is and why it is done. We will also look at the side effects and risks that are associated with having a CAT scan.

What Is a Cataract? - Definition, Symptoms & Surgery

31. What Is a Cataract? - Definition, Symptoms & Surgery

Did you know that you can be born with cataracts or develop it over time? In this lesson, you will learn about the eye condition and the surgery performed to correct it.

What Is a Fistula? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

32. What Is a Fistula? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Sometimes organs find a way of connecting to one another. This new connection is called a fistula. This lesson will explore what a fistula is, common fistulas that can occur in the body, and symptoms and treatments of these fistulas.

What is Acute Illness? - Definition & Examples

33. What is Acute Illness? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define what an acute illness is and provide some examples. By the end of the lesson, you'll understand the general difference between an acute illness and other types of illness.

What Is Alopecia? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

34. What Is Alopecia? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

There are some conditions where the body mistakenly attacks itself. Alopecia is one of those conditions. In this lesson, you'll learn what alopecia is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to treat it.

What is an MRI Scan? - Definition, Uses & Side Effects

35. What is an MRI Scan? - Definition, Uses & Side Effects

MRI scanners are imaging machines used in the medical field. MRI machines are safe and used frequently with a wide variety of patients. Learn about what MRI scanners are, their uses, and potential side effects.

What Is an Ostomy? - Definition, Types & Complications

36. What Is an Ostomy? - Definition, Types & Complications

An ostomy is an artificial opening surgically made in the abdomen to allow for the removal of waste materials. Read this lesson to learn why an ostomy is needed, go over the different types, and discover what complications can arise.

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

37. What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Imagine feeling tired and worn down all the time. You try to sleep more, but it doesn't make a difference. This is a real condition called chronic fatigue syndrome and it affects many people.

What Is Chronic Pain? - Definition & Management

38. What Is Chronic Pain? - Definition & Management

Some people suffer from chronic pain, meaning they hurt ALL the time and it doesn't go away. Read this lesson to learn more about this condition as well as its possible treatment options.

What Is Dysplasia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

39. What Is Dysplasia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, you're going to learn about a potentially reversible, but also a potentially dangerous, tissue change known as dysplasia. We'll discuss cervical dysplasia as the prime example.

What Is EEG? - Definition & Test

40. What Is EEG? - Definition & Test

This lesson will define electroencephalogram, or EEG, as well as describe what it is used for. The actual test procedure will also be summarized, including any risks and benefits.

What is Fibrosarcoma? - Symptoms & Treatment

41. What is Fibrosarcoma? - Symptoms & Treatment

Fibrosarcoma is a type of cancer that affects the soft connective tissues in the body. Read this lesson to learn about the potential risk factors of fibrosarcoma as well as stages, symptoms, and treatment options.

What Is Frostbite? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

42. What Is Frostbite? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

If you've ever traveled to a northern region or taken part in winter sports, you may have heard about the dangers of frostbite. Find out what the symptoms of frostbite are and what you can do if you find yourself in an icy cold situation.

What Is Gingivitis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

43. What Is Gingivitis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

We know gingivitis is something we don't want...but what is it? Read this lesson to find out what gingivitis is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to treat it.

What Is Laryngitis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

44. What Is Laryngitis? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Have you ever lost your voice? This is called laryngitis, and it occurs when your voice box (larynx) is irritated or infected. Find out what causes laryngitis and how you can treat it to get back to talking in no time!

What Is Lethargy? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

45. What Is Lethargy? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

In this lesson, we will uncover the mystery of lethargy. We will examine the definition, causes, and symptoms of lethargy. We will also learn of the different diseases that have lethargy as a symptom.

What Is Lidocaine? - Uses & Side Effects

46. What Is Lidocaine? - Uses & Side Effects

Imagine a world where you encounter physical pain on a regular basis, and there are no relief measures, like pain medicine, available to you. You have to endure the pain from every small scrape to large animal bites. Fortunately, this is not our reality today, and there are pain relief measures that make life easier. One such measure is lidocaine. After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe lidocaine, including its uses and side effects.

What is Radiation Therapy? - Definition, Types & Side Effects

47. What is Radiation Therapy? - Definition, Types & Side Effects

What is radiation therapy? This lesson will outline what it is, what it's used for, different types, and the possible side effects from this treatment.

What Is Sarcoma? - Definition, Types & Symptoms

48. What Is Sarcoma? - Definition, Types & Symptoms

Sarcoma is a type of cancer that can develop in various locations in the body. Learn more about the definition, types and symptoms of sarcoma and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Is Scabies? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

49. What Is Scabies? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What is scabies? It's an infection of mites on the human skin! Find out how scabies spreads between people, what the symptoms are, and what to do if you get an infestation.

What Is Skin Abrasion? - Definition & Treatment

50. What Is Skin Abrasion? - Definition & Treatment

This lesson will describe a skin abrasion. It will review complicated abrasions, treatment of abrasions and how the body works to heal itself. A short quiz will follow

Degenerative Disc Disease: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

51. Degenerative Disc Disease: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Degenerative disc disease is a condition of the spine that causes a wearing away of the disc that sits in between our vertebrae, and unfortunately, there is no cure for it. This lesson will identify what degenerative disc disease is, its causes, the symptoms, and possible treatment options.

Degenerative Joint Disease: Symptoms & Treatment

52. Degenerative Joint Disease: Symptoms & Treatment

Degenerative joint disease is a painful condition effecting joints in our body. This pain is caused by the wearing away of the cartilage that cushions the bones in our joints. This lesson will provide information about degenerative joint disease including its symptoms and treatment options.

Symptoms of Degenerative Brain Disease

53. Symptoms of Degenerative Brain Disease

In this lesson we'll first review what degenerative brain disease is. Next, we'll cover different categories of symptoms and look at some examples of diseases.

What are Degenerative Diseases?

54. What are Degenerative Diseases?

In this lesson we'll explain what degenerative diseases are. We'll then look at four examples: osteoarthritis, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy.

CT Scans: Risks & Side Effects

55. CT Scans: Risks & Side Effects

Like an x-ray, a CT scan can show healthcare providers the inside of the human body. However, CT scans not only show bones, but also organs, soft tissues, and blood vessels. Continue reading to learn about risks and side effects of this procedure.

Chronic Degenerative Diseases Examples

56. Chronic Degenerative Diseases Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn what a chronic degenerative disease is and what can cause it. We'll also go over some common examples and dive into the symptoms and treatments for each.

Degenerative Back Disease: Symptoms & Exercises

57. Degenerative Back Disease: Symptoms & Exercises

There are many people in the world suffering from back pain, sometimes due to degenerative disc disease. This lesson is going to cover the symptoms of this condition and discuss exercises that help to treat it.

Degenerative Joint Disease Pathophysiology

58. Degenerative Joint Disease Pathophysiology

Degenerative joint disease affects approximately 27 million Americans. In this lesson, we will learn more about degenerative joint disease and how it occurs.

Degenerative Nerve Disease: Symptoms

59. Degenerative Nerve Disease: Symptoms

Here, we'll learn about general symptoms of degenerative nerve diseases as well as symptoms of some common examples: Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Diseases Caused by Protists

60. Diseases Caused by Protists

Protists cause some truly devastating human diseases, which is saying a lot for a microscopic, simple organism that often needs help from other organisms to reach its human targets. Here, you will learn about protists and the diseases they cause.

What Causes Degenerative Bone Disease?

61. What Causes Degenerative Bone Disease?

In this lesson we'll go over what degenerative bone disease is, and the process of normal bone remodeling. We'll then learn what the main causes of the disease are.

What Is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?

62. What Is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?

This lesson will explain what cervical degenerative disc disease is and what part of the body it affects. We'll go into the main causes, symptoms, and treatments of the condition.

What Is Degenerative Disease in the Neck? - Symptoms & Causes

63. What Is Degenerative Disease in the Neck? - Symptoms & Causes

In this lesson, we'll learn about degenerative disease and focus on types of this disease that affect the neck. We'll also explore symptoms and causes of some examples of degenerative disease of the neck.

What Is Degenerative Spine Disease?

64. What Is Degenerative Spine Disease?

In this lesson we'll go over degenerative spine disease and its general symptoms. Then, we'll get into the three main types of degenerative spine disease: herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.

What Is Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease?

65. What Is Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease?

Lumbar degenerative disc disease obviously affects the back and spine, but did you know it also affects the rest of the body? Read on to learn more about the anatomy of the spine, how this disease happens, and how it is treated.

What Is Mild Degenerative Disc Disease?

66. What Is Mild Degenerative Disc Disease?

Mild degenerative disc disease isn't actually a disease at all. It's a condition that affects many people as they age. Read this lesson to learn more about mild degenerative disc disease and the associated symptoms.

What Is Severe Degenerative Disc Disease?

67. What Is Severe Degenerative Disc Disease?

In this lesson you will learn about the spine, the intervertebral discs, and how changes to the intervertebral disc result in severe degenerative disk disease, which is not really a disease at all.

Acute Febrile Illness: Symptoms & Treatment

68. Acute Febrile Illness: Symptoms & Treatment

Acute febrile illness is the medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature. This happens when the body is invaded by a pathogen and the immune system is activated to fight it off. In this lesson, learn about the symptoms and treatment options.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

69. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, we'll go over what cancer is in general and then look at the specifics of squamous cell carcinoma. We'll cover the causes, symptoms and treatment.

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