by Miller & Levine

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SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
A web page with the latest information about this new health threat.

Beyond Chicken Soup
An article on interferons and other anti-virus drugs, from the November 2001 issue of Scientific American.

Preparing for Battle
A Scientific American article on the annual medical battle against the flu, featuring the role that the flu vaccine plays in fighting the disease.


Chapter 40

In this chapter, students will read about the various types of human disease and how infectious diseases are spread. They will also read about how the immune system protects the body from disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. The links below lead to additional resources to help you with this chapter. These include Hot Links to Web sites related to the topics in this chapter, the Take It to the Net activities referred to in your textbook, a Self-Test you can use to test your knowledge of this chapter, and Teaching Links that instructors may find useful for their students.

Hot Links Chapter Self-Test
Take it to the Net Teaching Links

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Web Codes for Chapter 40:
Science News: Infectious Diseases & the Immune System
Miller & Levine: How Best to Slow the Spread of AIDS
SciLinks: Diseases
SciLinks: Immune System
SciLinks: Cancer Cells

Section 40-1: Infectious Disease
Some diseases are inherited. Others are caused by materials in the environment. Still others are produced by organisms such as bacteria and fungi.
Some infectious diseases are spread from one person to another through coughing, sneezing, or physical contact. Other infectious diseases are spread through contaminated water or food. Still others are spread by infected animals.

Section 40-2: The Immune System
Your body's most important nonspecific defense is the skin.
The inflammatory response is a nonspecific defense reaction to tissue damage caused by injury or infection.
Once the body has been exposed to a pathogen, millions of memory B and T cells remain capable of producing specific antibodies to that pathogen.

Section 40-3: Immune System Disorders
When the immune system makes a mistake and attacks the body's own cells, it produces an autoimmune disease.

Section 40-4: Cancer
Cancers begin when something goes wrong with the controls that normally regulate cell growth and division.
Treatments for cancer fall into three general categories: surgery, radiation therapy, and drug therapy.

Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases
An NIH Curriculum Supplement, featuring videos, interactive exercises, and print supplements.

West Nile Virus: Information from Several Sources:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Click Here for Science News Articles on Immunity and Disease

[Complete Index of Articles]

Should we vaccinate everyone against smallpox and other potential agents of bioterrorism? An Issues Feature in Chapter 19 explores this question.

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