Disease Essay Examples

  • The Plague By Albert Camus

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    The novel that I chose to do this report on was, "The Plague", by Albert Camus. It is about a plague that hit the European countries in the middle ages. I chose to describe the literary term of parallelism. Here are some following facts about the story's plot that involve parallelism through the novel. The novel begins at Oran where the plague becomes known. The main character, Dr. Gernard Rieux, is a doctor. In the beginning of the story he finds a dead rat on the floor. Even in those times rats were not found dead on the middle of the floor. This was unusual, but he threw out the r

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    The Life Of Jonas Salk

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    In America in the 1950s, summertime was a time of fear and anxiety for many parents; this was the season when children by the thousands became infected with the crippling disease poliomyelitis, or polio. This burden of fear was lifted forever when it was announced that Dr. Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine against the disease. Salk became world-famous overnight, but his discovery was the result of many years of painstaking research. Jonas Salk was born in New York City. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants who, although they themselves lacked formal education, were de

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    Recent debates over active euthanasia, "killing" a terminally ill patient, in Holland, has risen the question whether euthanasia is immoral or a simple human right. Doctors seem to have no doubt. They made an oath. The definition of Euthanasia depends on whether it is active or passive. Active Euthanasia i only allowed in Holland, and it means that the doctor takes direct measures to put a patient to sleep, whereas passive Euthanasia only involves stopping pill consumption, or stopping treatment. In England, only passive Euthanasia is allowed. Euthanasia tou

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    Narcolepsy is a disease that has been on the receiving end of many jokes in our society. Yet it is a serious and life altering disease that is no laughing matter to the 1,000 in every 2,000 people in the U.S. that have it. I was drawn to this article because a former supervisor that I worked with had this disease. She was prescribed the drug Ritalin. It always impressed me that she could confront an angry client or give a speech without succumbing to the symptoms of her disease. She revealed that her case of narcolepsy wasn't that bad, but without the Ritalin she would

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    Aids And You

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    (May 1987) By Martin H. Goodman MD (this essay is in the public domain) Introduction: AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a sentence of slow but inevitable death. I've already lost one friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country, one man in 10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus. While the figures may currently be less in much o

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    Aids And Your

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    AIDS and YOU (May 1987) By Martin H. Goodman MD (this essay is in the public domain) Introduction: AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a sentence of slow but inevitable death. I've already lost one friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country, one man in View Document

    Alzheimers Disease

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    Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive and irreversible brain disease that destroys mental and physical functioning in human beings, and invariably leads to death. It is the fourth leading cause of adult death in the United States. Alzheimer's creates emotional and financial catastrophe for many American families every year. Fortunately, a large amount of progress is being made to combat Alzheimer's disease every year. To fully be able to comprehend and combat Alzheimer's disease, one must know what it does to the brain, the part of the human body it most

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    I will be discussing the ways to receive, treat, and cope with the disease, Autism. Autism occurs in fifteen out of every ten-thousand births, and is four times more common in boys than girls. Autism is a severely incapacitating lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It has been found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds. No known factors in the psychological environment of a child have been shown to cause autism. Autism is not a genetic disorder, wh

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    Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out numbering them 10 to 1 ©© the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than non©smokers. Acute bronchitis is a bacteria or virus infectio

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    Contents Introduction Overview of Diabetes Type I What is diabetes type I Health implications of diabetes type I Physical Activity What is physical activity? Why do we need physical activity in our lives? Physical Activity and Diabetes (Epidemiology) Conclusion Bibliography Introduction For our seminar topic "physical activity and disease" we chose diabetes as the focus of our research

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    In the human body, each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, one of each pair inherited through the egg from the mother, and the other inherited through the sperm of the father. Of these chromosomes, those that determine sex are X and Y. Females have XX and males have XY. In addition to the information on sex, 'the X chromosomes carry determinants for a number of other features of the body including the levels of factor VIII and factor IX.'1 If the genetic information determining the factor VIII and IX level is defective, haemophilia results. When this happens, the pro

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    Hepatitis B

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    Hepatitis B can be prevented with a highly effective vaccine, but this year ten to thirty million people will become infected with the hepatitis B virus. I feel that because this disease is preventable, only knowledge can help reduce the number of people infected. Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. This virus is a blood-borne pathogen. It is one hundred times more infectious than HIV. ?Hepatitis B is one of the most frequently reported vaccine preventable diseases in the United States,? according t

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    History Of Cell Membrane

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    In the early stages of the twentieth century, little was known about cell membranes. Until the early 1950s, the biological cell membrane was rarely mentioned in scientific literature. It was recognised that something was probably there, but hardly anything about it was known. Considering the lack of technical equipment available a century ago, scientists such as Charles Overton and Edwin Gorter were not only exploring new territory in looking at the properties of cell membranes, but laying the way for future cell biologists. Scientists had to wait another fifty years for the discover

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    Human Disease And Their Control

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    Biology (B3A) Assignment Human Disease and Their Control follow up questions 1a) When people refer to pathogens, they are talking about bacteria that cause disease. 1b)The toxins actually excreted by the pathogens are the main cause of diseases although thetoxins are only by-products of the pathogen's metabolism. 2a)In most cases, the toxins excreted by the pathogens find there way into the circulatory system. Thus, sometimes, the infection is caused somewhere else from where the toxins were excreted. An example of this would be Rheumatic fever. The toxins that cause this disease

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    Human Vision In Space

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    Human visual hardware is a result of a billion years of evolution within the earths atmosphere where light is scattered by molecules of air, moisture, particular matter etc. However as we ascend into our atmosphere with decrease density, light distribution is changed resulting in our visual hardware receiving visual data in different format. Some Aspects to Consider: 1. Visual acuity is the degree to which the details and contours of objects are perceived. Visual acuity is usually defined in terms of minimum separable.Large variety of factors influence this co

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    Huntingtons Disease

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    Huntington's Background Huntington's disease is inherited as an autosomal dominant disease that gives rise to progressive, elective (localized) neural cell death associated with choreic movements (uncontrollable movements of the arms, legs, and face) and dementia. It is one of the more common inherited brain disorders. About 25,000 Americans have it and another 60,000 or so will carry the defective gene and will develop the disorder as they age. Physical deterioration occurs over a period of 10 to 20 y

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    Leprosy is a chronic bacterial disease of the skin, nerves in the hands and feet and, in some cases, the lining of the nose. Leprosy is a rare disease in the United States. Anyone can get leprosy, but children seem to be more susceptible than adults. It is not clear how the leprosy germ is spread, but household and prolonged close contact is important. The germs probably enter the body through the nose and possibly through broken skin. The germs get in the air through nasal discharge of untreated lepromatous patients. Tuberculoid leprosy symptoms are a few well

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    The psychedelic effects of d-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25 (LSD) were discovered by Dr. Albert Hoffman by accident in 1938. In the 1950s and 1960s, LSD was used by psychiatrists for analytic psychotherapy. It was thought that the administration of LSD could aid the patient in releasing repressed material. It was also suggested that psychiatrists themselves might develop more insight into the pathology of a diseased mind through self experimentation. 1,2 During the late 60s, LSD became popular as a recreational drug. While it has been suggested that recreational use of the drug has dr

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    Lyme Disease

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    Lyme Arthritis ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lyme disease is a tick-transmitted inflammatory disorder characterized by an early focal skin lesion, and subsequently a growing red area on the skin (erythema chronicum migrans or ECM). The disorder may be followed weeks later by neurological, heart or joint abnormalities. Symptomatology ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The first symptom of Lyme disease is a skin lesion. Known as ery

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    Membrane Physiology

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    Introduction The cell membrane is a fluid structure that is made up of phospholipids and proteins. Its main function is to allow osmosis and diffusion to occur in a cell. It protects a cell from taking in molecules that are too large and other chemicals that are not permeable without energy being used. The cell membrane is considered to be selectively permeable because it does not allow the non-fat soluble chemicals and the larger molecules in, but it does allow fat soluble chemicals and small molecules to pass into the cell. In order for the larger molecules and n

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    Migraine headaches are the result of a disturbance in the neurochemistry of the central nervous system. They are relatively common, affecting three times as many women as men. Migraine sufferers typically report a definite pattern to their headaches, and they can report what stimuli bring them on. Most migraine sufferers experience their first attack before the age of 20. There is no single cause of migraines, but the tendency to get migraines does tend to run in families. When a migraine occurs, it means that something has altered several of the neurotransmitter-sensitive receptors

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    Ovarian Cancer

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    Of all gynecologic malignancies, ovarian cancer continues to have the highest mortality and is the most difficult to diagnose. In the United States female population, ovarian cancer ranks fifth in absolute mortality among cancer related deaths (13,000/yr). In most reported cases, ovarian cancer, when first diagnosed is in stages III or IV in about 60 to 70% of patients which further complicates treatment of the disease (Barber, 3). Early detection in ovarian cancer is hampered by the lack of appropriate tumor

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    Rasmussens Encephalitis

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    The human immune system is an amazing system that is constantly on the alert protecting us from sicknesses. Thousands of white blood cells travel in our circulatory system destroying all foreign substances that could cause harm to our body or to any of the millions of processes going on inside. Now imagine a condition where this awesome system turns against the most complex organ in the human body, the brain. Deadly as it is, this condition is known as Rasmussen?s encephalitis. The meaningful research on Rasmussen?s encephalitis was b

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    The Effects Of HIV Mutations On The Immune System

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    Science C.J. Stimson INTRODUCTION The topic of this paper is the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, and whether or not mutations undergone by the virus allow it to survive in the immune system. The cost of treating all persons with AIDS in 1993 in the United States was $7.8 billion, and it is estimated that 20,000 new cases of AIDS are reported every 3 months to the CDC. This question dealing with how HIV survives in the immune system is of critical importance, not only in the search for a cure f

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    The Importance Of Animal Research

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    Research on animals is important in understanding diseases and developing ways to prevent them. The polio vaccine, kidney transplants, and heart surgery techniques have all been developed with the help of animal research. Through increased efforts by the scientific community, effective treatments for diabetes, diphtheria, and other diseases have been developed with animal testing. Animal research has brought a dramatic progress into medicine. With the help of

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    The Importance Of Animal Testing

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    Research on animals is important in understanding diseases and developing ways to prevent them. The polio vaccine, kidney transplants, and heart surgery techniques have all been developed with the help of animal research. Through increased efforts by the scientific community, effective treatments for diabetes, diphtheria, and other diseases have been developed with animal testing. Animal research has brought a dramatic progress into medicine. With the help of animal research, smallpox has been wiped out worldwide. Micro-surgery to reattach hearts, lungs, and other transp

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    King Lear Sight

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    In Shakespeare's "King Lear" the issue of sight against blindness is a recurring theme. Blindness refers to be unable to see the right from the wrong or good from the bad. King Lear and Gloucester are two prime examples of this theme. Even thou, Lear and Gloucester share the same mental flaw, it's nature, it's causes, and its effect was different. Each of these characters blindness was the primary cause of the unfortunate decisions they made, decisions that they would eventually regret. The nature of Gloucester's blindness was that he was unable to see the goodness

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    Aids In Brazil

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    Introduction The AIDS virus is spreading rapidly throughout India and Brazil. Due to the differences in culture and political policies, these two countries are attacking the AIDS epidemic problem in two totally different ways. On one hand, Brazil plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for teaching public AIDS awareness mainly to married women and Carnival goers. In comparison, India's government has identified specific targets of their society in order to reach the public and spread the information about AIDS awareness. Brazil's Approach The Brazilian Health Ministry h

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    Cloning And Nuclear Cell Division

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    The societal issue being addressed in this article is the cloning of humans and nuclear cell fusion. This question lingering into every household?Should we be playing God? This question has substantial points on each side. Some people think that we shouldn?t be manipulating nature?s creations ,and we should leave things the way they are because that is the way things are meant to be. Other?s oppose that jurisdiction and state that we can rid the world of cancers and tumors and quite possibly save lives. Others don?t believe strongly either way, though believe in restricted means

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    Cystic Fibrosis

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    Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common life threatening disease in North America. One in every twenty five hundred children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis. What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis is a disease with no cure and the disorder itself is inherited. It affects the lungs and the digestive system. Cystic fibrosis affects the lung severely causing serious respiratory problems. Also affecting the pancreas, liver, sweat glands and salivary glands in the mouth are affected. All these organs and glands plug up with thick mucous. Most peopl

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    Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. This is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism is four more times prevalent in boys than girls. Autism shows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism?s occurrence. Autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many and one in 500 individuals. In this essay, I will discuss the signs and symptoms of autism, types of auti

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    Schizophrenia Synthesis

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    Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer some symptoms throughout their lives; it has been estimated that no more than one in five individuals recovers completely. There are different ways of treatment, which were discussed in May a

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    Thought And Language

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    Thought and language is the understanding of human cognition and communication. There are three major links to this process: 1- Biology and Behavior - Language information comes from the auditory cortex for spoken language or from visual cortex for written language. Motor Cortex produces speech. The behavior comes from the association cortex. 2- Psychological Disorders and their treatment - For example- in here they are talking about schizophrenics- which is when thought and language are often disorganized or the tendency of one thought to be logi

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    Euthansia And Self Determination

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    When speaking in terms of legalized euthanasia, and self-determination, Callahan feels that people should make decisions for themselves according to their own beliefs as to what comprises the good life. (pg. 226) He also states that we will, one way or another, die of some disease and that death will have dominian over all of us. (pg. 227) The meaning of this is no matter what we are all destined to die. In the case of death he first looks at suicide. This is when a person takes his or her own life, without the assistance of another. Euthansia, is a decision made between 2 people

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    Smoking Should Be Banned In Public Places

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    Passive smoking is the inhaling of second hand smoke. It is damaging the lungs of thousands of innocent Australians every year. All because some people are addicted and protest that it there right to smoke and endanger fellow workmates in public places. Banns are currently in discussion to finally protect workplace employees from passive smoking. Just think of the stench that embeds your clothing when you exit a nightclub or restaurant. With smoking banns in place, venues like these and many others will become much cleaner and more inviting places. View Document

    HIV And Its Effects

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    The Immunology of Aids Introduction Although HIV was first identified in 1983, studies of previously stored blood samples indicate that the virus entered the U.S. population sometime in the late 1970s. Worldwide, an estimated 27.9 million people had become HIV-infected through mid-1996, and 7.7 million had developed AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AIDS is a disease of the immune system, and is caused by Human Immuno deficiency Virus (HIV). HIV targets and infects T-helper cells and macrophages. After infection, replication of the

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    Animals In Psychological Research

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    An increasing number of researchers, scientists and practitioners are questioning the use of animals in research on ethical, moral, socio-political and scientific grounds. Use of animal research data to affect change in their patients is rarely used by clinical psychologists. This is certainly a public interest issue as it involves an enormous amount of brutality. Animal research is a very lucrative business, since billions of tax dollars are invested in it annually. An enormous amount of this money going towards researcher?s salaries, overhead costs, animal husbandry expansion a

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    Aids In Africa

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    The silence and stigma that surrounds the HIV/AIDS debate, the prevention efforts and those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS needs to be addressed. Stigma is preventing people from discussing HIV/AIDS openly, from being tested for HIV and, in the end, preventing patients from seeking treatment and care. We need to break the silence and address the stigma. HIV/AIDS is a personal tragedy for more than 45 million men, women and children. More than 24 million people including almost 5 million children have already died since the beginning of the epidemic; 90% are from developing countries

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    Should Humatrope Be Used To Increase The Heights Of Short Children Who Are Otherwise Healthy

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    Should Humatrope be used to increase the heights of short children who are otherwise healthy? Today, there are many questions facing thousands of parents; according to Your Time/Health (p. 69) one of which includes ‘should a child who is short but otherwise perfectly healthy be given growth hormones to make him or her taller?’ The Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) decision relatively five years ago has approved the use of Human Growth Hormone or also known as the HGH for children whose adult height is predicted less than five feet three inches for males and four feet eleven inches for f

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    Leukemia is a disorder of the bone marrow that begins when one abnormal white blood cell (WBC) starts to make numerous copies of itself. These strange cells do not function properly, do not fight infections like they should, and do not die as quickly as other (normal) white blood cells do. As they build up, they block the development of normal blood cells in the red bone marrow. This causes anemia, bleeding, and recurrent infections. As time passes, the leukemia cells spread through the body’s bloodstream, where they divide, and even form tumors and destroying organs like the kidney and liver.

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    If you have children, you've probably dealt with an assortment of rashes and skin irritations over the years. One of the most common of these is impetigo — a skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. Impetigo usually appears on the face, especially around a child's nose and mouth. And although it commonly occurs when bacteria enter the skin through cuts or insect bites, it can also develop in skin that's perfectly healthy. Impetigo starts as a red sore that quickly ruptures, oozes for a few days and then forms a yellowish-brown crust that looks like honey or brown sugar. The di

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    Men Ingitis

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    Meningitis By: Briana Crowder The disease meningitis is a swelling of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most cases occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24. There are different types of meningitis: Bacterial, chronic, fungal, infectious, meningococcal, and viral. The source of meningitis is usually the result of a viral infection, less commonly a fungal infection. Also, it can come from other people. There are people who carry the bacteria in their nose and throat, but never become sick. Contact with these people such as kissing,

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    Bioterrorism You wake up early for work and kiss your family goodbye. On your daily transit you see a man drop a glass vial in the subway, but you think nothing of it. Moments later you become a statistic. A statistic of Bioterrorism. The threat of Bioterrorism, long ignored and denied, has heightened over the past years and needs to be publicly addressed. There are three possible solutions to this threat that are within grasp. The first of which would be a nation wide vaccination against all agents that could be used against the American public. Second, we could educate people

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    The Effect Of Nutrition On Diabetes

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    Introduction Diabetes is now one of the most common diseases among Americans today because of our sedentary life styles and our continuation of poor eating habits. Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications (CDC Diabetes, 2004). There are many types of diabetes, such as Type I diabetes. Type I di

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    Individuals around the world are enjoying lives better than ever. Technology has advanced considerably, as well as, health care. One thing, however, remains constant. The same diseases that have plagued the world for years are still a concern. While our knowledge of them are increasing, complete recovery isn’t always possible. Diabetes is one of these illnesses. Along with our rich lifestyles, come certain risk factors. These environmental factors combined with one’s genetics often lead to complications, which in the end, can result in a diabetes prognosis. Our bodies use the food

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    Biomimicry Sources Of Inspiration And Application

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    Evolution has resolved nature’s challenges into lasting solutions, providing an abundant source of inspiration for man to replicate ideas commensurate with technological advances in their study [Bar-Cohen, 2006]. This has resulted in a greater understanding of separation processes [Emerson and Barber, 2006], and the following are examples of the complexity present in nature. The Artic krill Euphasia superba which range in size between 7–140 mm [Marine Bio.org, 2007] directly consume phytoplankton cells, one of the tiniest organisms on the planet, by virtue of a remarkable mesh-like filter c

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    Self Assesment

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    life is a collection of many definitions. some are positive. some are negative. and others are indifferent. depending on the courses and actions a person takes in their life determines the affect and multiple variables that will be the outcome of their future. in my belief.. theres a mass of reasons people inevitably do stupid things.. 1. decisions are made either on unknowing circumstances [instances where the outcome is unknown or unclear] influential circumstances [instances where there are certain factors that come into to play] or conscious circumstances [instances where a person is ful

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    Analysis Of The Human Brain

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    The human being is considered to be the ultimate form of life on the earth. This is not because the human body is strong and agile. Many other animals posses skills much superior to humans and are able to perform feats humans can only dream of. The one thing that distinguishes humans from all of the other organisms on this planet is the brain. The brain is the site that controls the human body. However, unlike in animals, in man, the brain is also the site of the mind. The mind gives humans superiority over other creatures. It provides humans with the ability to reason, to feel and to adapt. B

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    What is hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a liver disease. Hepatitis (HEP-ah-TY-tis) makes your liver swell and stops it from working right. You need a healthy liver. The liver does many things to keep you alive. The liver fights infections and stops bleeding. It removes drugs and other poisons from your blood. The liver also stores energy for when you need it. What causes hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is caused by a virus. A virus is a germ that causes sickness. (For example, the flu is caused by a virus.) People can pass viruses to each other. The virus that causes hepatitis A is called the hepat

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    Genetic Engineering

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    Did you know that a lot of the foods on the market today are genetically engineered, meaning that the genetic structure has been tampered with at the molecular level? Biotechnology is the umbrella under which genetic engineering falls. Biotechnology is an important field today which scientists have applied to the medical field, the food industry and many other aspects of everyday life. To change the DNA of a food product or organism, it has to undergo genetic transformation. One of the basic genetic transformations is bacterial transformation. Bacterial transformation starts with the basics o

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