Barry Fox M.D.

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Bacteria: Heroes and Villains
Episode 2 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Start your study of the basic elements of germ theory with bacteria. Once you've inspected the anatomy of a bacterium cell and its function, explore how bacteria can cause disease and how they can adapt to make themselves elusive to…
The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease
Episode 1 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Dive into the fascinating stories behind three notorious diseases: bubonic plague, malaria, and polio. See how scientists of the time were able to discover the causes of these diseases and develop effective treatments. Also, learn why infectious diseases are still…
The Immune System: Our Great Protector
Episode 10 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Take a closer look at the intricate components of your body that try to protect you from dangerous infectious diseases. Then, explore immunosenescence--the changes in your immune system as you age--and learn proven ways to keep your immune system strong…
STDs and Other Infections below the Belt
Episode 16 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Begin this lecture with a fascinating story of a twist of fate in 1951 that turned out to be one of the most important developments in medical history. Then, study infections that attack the urinary tract and pelvic organs, and…
The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS
Episode 18 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
More than three decades after the first cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) were reported, the global health community is still dealing with a pandemic of 33 million infected people, of which about 3 million are children. Learn the scientific…
Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body’s Cells
Episode 3 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Zoom in to see a particle 100 times smaller than bacteria: the virus, which can replicate inside living cells. Follow the life cycle of a virus as you see what viruses like HIV and Ebola do to host cells. Meet…
Vaccines Save Lives
Episode 9 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
From routine childhood vaccinations to the experimental vaccines given to Ebola patients in Africa and the United States, vaccines have a powerful effect on public health. Learn the facts about the four different types of vaccines and their components, and…
Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?
Episode 6 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Trace the history of antibiotic development and explore how the eight classes of antibiotics attack bacterial infections. Gain an introduction to the increasingly important concern of antibiotic resistance, and learn how you can contribute to the more prudent use of…
Food-Borne Illness: What’s Your Gut Feeling?
Episode 13 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
From traveler's diarrhea to food poisoning, explore a myriad of illnesses that can enter the body through the food you eat. Gain an awareness of a severe bacterial infection that is on the rise in hospitals, particularly in patients over…
Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic!
Episode 24 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Using your newly acquired infectious disease knowledge, look into the future and discern what the next pandemic might be--one that would reach all continents quickly, be difficult to treat, be extremely deadly, and perhaps threaten the very survival of the…
Milestones in Infectious Disease History
Episode 5 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Where would we be without the scientists that brought to life the inventions and discoveries that are the foundations of modern medicine? In this lecture, meet some of the people who developed the tools to identify microorganisms, the means to…
Bioterrorism: How Worried Should We Be?
Episode 22 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Explore the three scenarios that pose the greatest threats in a bioterrorism attack: an airborne agent like anthrax, a smallpox attack, and a release of botulinum toxin in cold drinks. Understand the steps that the CDC takes to protect the…
Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
Episode 23 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 in West Africa became an international crisis in a matter of weeks--even traveling across the ocean to the United States. Explore deadly emerging and reemerging diseases that continually challenge our detection and response abilities.
Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases
Episode 4 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Although fungal diseases usually don't involve humans, they can indirectly affect us, and they have played a major role in human history. Investigate diverse infections that can be acquired when you come into contact with mold or fungus--sometimes by raking…
Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to Humans
Episode 11 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Seventy percent of infectious diseases originate from wildlife. Why are new diseases--such as bird flu and swine flu--so prevalent, and how are these exotic diseases being transmitted from animals to humans? Learn how to protect yourself from these diseases, including…
Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges
Episode 8 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Track the history of infectious diseases decade by decade: the easily cured childhood illnesses of the 50s, the diseases spread by risky behaviors in the 60s, and the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the late 70s, followed by the tragedies…
Influenza: Past and Future Threat
Episode 21 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Despite being a common disease, the flu is responsible for some of the deadliest pandemics of all time. Explore two important biological aspects of influenza--antigenic drift and antigenic shift--to understand why changes in viruses can have such a huge impact…
Stay Out of the Hospital!
Episode 17 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Go behind the scenes at a hospital, and unveil the truth: what is perceived as a pristine and sterile environment is really bustling with all kinds of germs. Discover why some hospitals forbid their doctors to wear white coats and…
Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?
Episode 7 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Microbes are all around us--the question is "What do we have to worry about?" From airplanes to restaurants, hotel rooms to your master bathroom, learn how you can protect yourself from germs without becoming totally obsessed with them. Is there…
Global Travel, War, and Natural Disasters
Episode 20 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Witness the toll infectious diseases take on populations during times of war and natural disasters, using examples from Napoleon's armies to modern-day Syria. Then, learn why your personal physician isn't the best person to talk to about risks when you're…