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Vaccines: Calling the Shots
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Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago-including whooping cough, measles, mumps-are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. Vaccines - Calling the Shots, a new NOVA special, takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and…
Disease Warriors
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Pasteur went on to develop a rabies vaccine -- a great…
Invisible Threat - The Science of Disease and the Risks Facing an Under-Vaccinated Society
A group of award winning teen broadcast journalists who set out to film a peer to peer educational documentary about the immune system, stumble into a controversy they weren't even aware of. What they discover transforms a simple science educational film into a soul searching project they fight to make.…
The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease
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 a pressing issue for our society, despite our advances in…
Milestones in Infectious Disease History
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Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases
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 or blowing rotting leaves! Also learn whether or not you…
Tick-Borne Diseases: A Public Health Menace
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Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
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.
Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?
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 any truth to the Five Second Rule? Find out in…
Should You Vaccinate? - Arguments For and Against Modern Vaccinations
Vaccines are widely regarded as one of the greatest achieves of modern medicine and save millions of lives every year. But there are an increasing number of families who decide, for one reason or another, not to vaccinate their children. As a result, diseases that were almost eradicated in the…
An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Infectious diseases affect everyone. They account for 26% of all deaths worldwide, and unlike chronic diseases, they have the potential for explosive global impacts. In An Introduction to Infectious Diseases, get an accessible overview of diseases--from the mundane to the fatal--from a renowned physician who specializes in this topic. This…
Bacteria: Heroes and Villains
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 your immune system. Then, investigate three diseases caused by bacteria:…