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Children and Teenagers

 

Alcohol and substance abuse This module takes a look at the different warning signs as well as the problems caused by alcoholism and substance abuse. It provides in-depth descriptions of drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

Arthritis The word "arthritis" means "joint inflammation." Inflammation, which is one of the body's natural reactions to disease or injury, includes swelling, pain, and stiffness.

Asthma Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.

Before Pregnancy The module explains what women can do to make sure pregnancies are planned and healthy and covers the development of a reproductive life plan, birth control and family planning, and how a woman’s health conditions, risk factors, diet and medicines can affect her unborn child.

Child Growth and Development Child development refers to the biological and psychological changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy.

 

Dehydration, Express Dehydration is the loss of water and body salts through diarrhea, vomit, sweat, urine and breathing. Dehydration happens when a person doesn't drink enough water and electrolytes to make up for the amount that was lost. The treatment of dehydration is called "rehydration" (replacing lost fluids).

Dental Problems Most people experience at least one dental problem during their lives. This module will give you a brief overview on the most common dental problems and their prevention.

Diabetes Series The diabetes series provides a thorough description of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Practical skills for managing diabetes are discussed, along with diagnosis options.

Diarrhea Diarrhea is a common cause of death in developing countries and the second most common cause of infant deaths worldwide. It is usually a symptom of gastrointestinal infection, which can be caused by a variety of bacterial, viral and parasitic organisms.

Ear infections, Express Ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders rarely prove fatal, except for those resulting from neoplasms (tumors), epiglottitis (inflamation of the epiglottis), and neck trauma.

 

Flu (Influenza) Influenza, or "flu," is a contagious respiratory infection caused by several flu viruses. It may look like the common cold because it infects the same organs (nose, throat, lungs) and has similar symptoms. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times it can lead to death.

HIV: Information for children A Guide for General Audiences: This module is specifically targeted to general audiences and addresses issues such as making decisions to stay healthy, importance of keeping your body and home clean, germs.

HIV: Information for teens A Guide for General Audiences: This module is specifically targeted to general audiences and addresses issues such as making decisions to stay healthy, importance of keeping your body and home clean, germs.

Immune System This module explains the immune system and its functions as well as discussing vaccines and microbes.

Measles Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease that is spread through the air by way of coughing and sneezing. Some people who get measles develop serious complications including ear infections, pneumonia and diarrhea. The WHO reports that measles kills more than 140,00 children around the world each year, but that it can be prevented through inexpensive vaccines, usually administered in two doses at a prescribed interval.

 

Meningitis Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, usually due to the spread of an infection.

Nutrition for Children Proper nutrition is important for the overall health of children. Proper nutrition can prevent many medical problems, including obesity, weak bones and diabetes. It also helps children grow to their full potential both physically and mentally.

Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Certain types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is of a particular concern at the age of 65 or older, and if a patient has a chronic illness or impaired immune system.

Polio Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by a virus that spreads from person to person. Because polio has no cure, vaccination is the best way for people to protect themselves and to stop the spread of the disease.

Rheumatic Heart Disease Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which permanent damage to heart valves is caused by an inflammatory disease called rheumatic fever. The disease process that damages the heart valves generally begins with a throat infection called "strep throat," a treatable illness.

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections The upper respiratory tract consists of the nose, nasal cavity, larynx, trachea, and some of the sinuses and air cells. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, influenza, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and croup (in children).

Urinary Tract Infections and Urinary Incompetence Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that usually occurs when bacteria enter the opening of the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract.