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Disease Seminar Handbook W12

The diseases selected for the fall semester are

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Unformatted text preview: ue, in ­class assignment Seminar #6 - peer evaluations due Seminar #7, #8, #9 - group presentations (see schedule at top of page) - slides and accompanying text to be handed in on the day of your presentation 5 What is health? What is disease? For the entirety of the seminar exercise, keep in mind that health can be defined as ‘physical, mental or social well ­being’ and illness is defined as ‘physical, mental and social harmful dysfunction’. These are fairly broad definitions, but it is important to recognize the multiple components that contribute to health. Disease occurs when the normal function/physiology of the body is disrupted. This disruption could be caused by several things, including genetic complications, viral or bacterial invaders long ­term accumulation of smaller challenges/insults to the body, or often a combination of factors (eg: genetic susceptibility coupled with lifestyle challenges) etc. Regardless of cause, the main similarity between all diseases is that the normal state is altered such that the control and communication network (or the defense system) cannot correct the problem, the system shifts from homeostasis and disease ensues. The diseases selected for the fall semester are divided into the following categories: 1. Neoplastic Disease – Breast Cancer 2. Mental Illness  ­ Depression 3. Infectious Disease – H. Pylori 4. Metabolic Disease – Type 2 diabetes 5. Auto ­Immune Disease – Inflammatory bowel disease 6. Trauma/Anatomical Disease – Osteoarthritis In order to learn about these diseases, together with your group you will follow the template below to address numerous aspects of your assigned disease. 1. anatomy, physiology and pathology – the natural course of the disease 2. individual well being, familial and societal impact 3. risk factors, causes and preventive interventions 4. diagnosis: clinical and sub ­clinical categorizations 5. therapeutic treatments and post ­treatment management 6 BREAST CANCER You have been assigned breast cancer for your independent research project. Although many of you may be familiar with the disease in a general sense, it is important to start with the basics of a healthy biological system before we can properly understand the onset, development, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. It is always important to understand healthy biology before we can understand a diseased state! The following information has been compiled from general health websites (the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute for Health (NIH)) and reflects a basic level of detail. As well, reference to...
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