Fighting Disease

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Biology Mind Map on Fighting Disease, created by beth.noble.kerr on 05/29/2013.

Created by beth.noble.kerr over 6 years ago
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Fighting Disease
1 Vaccination
1.1.1 VACCINATIONS involve injecting small amounts of DEAD or INACTIVE microorganisms. these carry ANTIGENS which cause your body to produce ANTIBODIES to attack them - even though the microorganisms is HARMLESS (since its dead or inactive). for example, the MMR vaccine contains WEAKENED versions of the viruses that causes MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA (german measles) all in one vaccine.
1.1.2 when your infected with a new MICROORGANISM, it takes your white blood cells a few days to LEARN how to deal with it. but by that time, you can be pretty ILL
1.1.3 but if live microorganisms of the same type appear after that, the white blood cells can RAPIDLY mass-produce antibodies to kill of the pathogen.
1.1.4 some vaccinations "wear off" over time. so BOOSTER injections may nee to be given to increase levels of antibodies again
1.2 CONS
1.2.1 vaccines don't always work - sometimes they DONT give you IMMUNITY.
1.2.2 you can sometimes have a BAD REACTION to a vaccine (e.g. swelling, or maybe something more serious like a fever or seizures). but bad reactions are very RARE
1.3 PROS
1.3.1 vaccines have helped CONTROL lots of infectious diseases that were once COMMON in the UK (e.g. polio, measles, whooping cough, rubella, mumps, tetanus...). SMALLPOX no longer occurs at all, and POLIO infections have fallen by 99%.
1.3.2 big outbreaks of disease - called EPIDEMICS - can be prevented if a LARGE PERCENTAGE of the population is vaccinated. that way, even the people who aren't vaccinated are UNLIKELY to catch the disease because there are FEWER people able to pass it on. but if a significant number of people ARENT vaccinated, the disease can SPREAD quickly through them and lots of people will be ILL at the same time.
2 Drugs
2.1 some drugs just RELIVE SYMPTOMS - others CURE the problem
2.1.1 PAINKILLERS (e.g. aspirin) are drugs that relive pain. however, they don't actually tackle the CAUSE of the disease, they just help to reduce the SYMPTOMS
2.1.2 other drugs do a similar kind of thing - reduce the symptoms without tackling the underlying CAUSE, for example, lots of "cold remedies" don't actually CURE colds.
2.1.3 ANTIBIOTICS (e.g. penicillin) work differently - they actually KILL (or prevent growth of) the bacteria causing the problem without killing your own body cells. DIFFERENT ANTIBIOTICS kill DIFFERENT TYPES of bacteria, so its important to be treated with the right one.
2.1.4 but antibiotics DON DESTROY VIRUSES (e.g. FLU or COLD viruses). viruses reproduce USING YOUR OWN BODY CELLS, which makes it very difficult to develop drugs that destroy just the virus without killing the body's cells
2.2.1 bacteria can MUTATATE - sometimes the mutations cause them to be RESISTANT to (not killed by) an ANTIBIOTIC
2.2.2 if you have an INFECTION, some of the bacteria might be resistant to antibiotics
2.2.3 this mans that when you TREAT the infection, only the NON-RESISTANT strains of bacteria will be killed.
2.2.4 the individual RESISTANT bacteria will SURRIVE and REPRODUCE. and the population of the resistant strain will INCREASE. this is an example of natural selection.
3 microorganisms that enter the body are called pathogens
3.1 pathogens cause INFECTIOUS DISEASES
3.2.1 Bacteria are very small LIVING CELLS which can reproduce rapidly inside your body they make you FEEL ILL by doing TWO things: a)DAMAGING YOUR CELLS, b)PRODUCING TOXINS (poisons)
3.2.2 Viruses are NOT cells-they're much smaller they REPLICATEBTHEMSELVES by invading YOUR CELLS and using the cells' MACHINERY to produce many COPIES of themselves. the cell will usually then BURST, realising all the new viruses. this CELL DAMAGE is what makes you feel ill
4 Defence System
4.1 your SKIN, plus HAIRS an MUCUS in your respiratory tract (breathing pipework), stop a lot of nasties getting inside your body
4.2 to try and prevent microorganisms getting into the body through CUTS, small fragments of cells (called PLATELETS) help blood clot quickly to seal wounds. if the blood contains LOW NUMBERS of platelets it will CLOT MORE SLOWLY.
4.3 but if something does make it through, your IMMUNE SYSTEM kicks in. the most important part is the WHITE BLOOD CELLS. they travel around in your blood and crawl into every part of you, constantly patrolling for microbes. when they come across an invading microbe they have three lines of attack.
4.3.1 1.CONSUMING them white blood cells can ENGLUF foreign cells and DIGEST them
4.3.2 2.producing ANTIBODIES every invading cell has unique molecules (called ANTIGENS) on its surface. antibodies are then produced RAPIDLY and carried around the body to kill all similar bacteria or viruses. when your white blood cells come across a FOREIGN ANTIGEN (i.e. one they don't recognise), they will start to produce PROTEINS called ANTIBODIES to lock onto and kill he invading cells. the antibodies produced are specific to that type of antigen - they wont lock on to any others. if the person is infected with the same pathogen again the white blood cells will rapidly produce the antibodies to kill it - the person is NATURALLY immune to that pathogen and wont get ill
4.3.3 3.producing ANTITOXINS these counteract toxins produced by the INVADING BACTERIA

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