Essentials of Public Health Biology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-07
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

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Understanding how and why manifestations of a disease occur and incorporating this knowledge into public health decision-making is the very essence of public health practice. As the only text of its kind, Essentials of Public Health Biology explores pathophysiology within the context of the disciplines and profession of public health. Readers will gain a clear understanding of the pathogenesis of various disease conditions and how to identify critical points at which such pathogenesis could either be prevented or interrupted. Infectious, nutritional, metabolic, genetic, and environmental risks And The impact of such risks on various organ systems are thoroughly examined. Ideal For The student with a science background, this text applies the scientific clinical foundation To The practice of public health through case studies, exercises, and points for discussion. Features: bull; Gives readers a clear understanding of the biological basis of disease put in the context of Public Health. bull; Teaches key skills in public health to prepare the student for further investigation of critical topics. bull; Includes a complete package of instructor and interactive student resources . Visit the Companion Website for the comprehensive instructor and student resource package.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Text: Key to Chapter Format
Concepts of Health and Disease in Public Healthp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Essay: The Origins and Achievements of Modern Sciencep. 3
Essay: Biochemistry: A Foundation for Health Sciencesp. 9
Genetics and Public Healthp. 13
The Public Health Triadp. 31
Epidemiological and Public Health Perspectives on Aging in Americap. 43
Drug-Induced Diseases and Safe Medication Usep. 57
Disease Versus Disease: How Some Diseases Ameliorate Othersp. 69
Behavioral Determinants of Healthp. 79
Using Public Health to Address Behavioral Changep. 89
Introductionp. 90
Understanding Nutrition for the Public's Healthp. 91
The Nutrition Transition: Changes in Eating Patterns and the Relationship to Chronic Illnessp. 125
Exercise: The Vaccine and Antidote for Obesityp. 165
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Lifespan Perspectivep. 177
Smoking, Nicotine, and Addiction: Tobacco or Health?p. 189
Pathophysiology of Injury: Why Gravity Is Your Enemyp. 199
Oral Health: The Neglected Epidemic in Public Healthp. 213
Concepts of Pathophysiologyp. 223
Introductionp. 224
Immunizations and Immunityp. 225
Inflammation: Understanding Its Role in Acute and Chronic Diseasep. 239
Why We Stay Well: Stress, Allostasis, and Scientific Integrative Medicinep. 253
Cancer Prevention from a Biologist's Perspectivep. 265
Colon Cancer: A Common, and Yet Preventable, Cancerp. 277
The Public Health Burden of Infectious Diseasep. 285
Introductionp. 286
Soil-Transmitted Helminths: Worms Are the Most Common Pathogens of Mankindp. 287
Malaria: The Challenge of Scaling-Up Multiple Effective Toolsp. 301
Tuberculosis: The Deadly Comeback of an Old Infectious Diseasep. 311
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): History and Time Linep. 321
HIV: Biology, Transmission, and Natural History in Humansp. 335
Afterword: The HIV/AIDS Epidemicp. 345
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): A Deadly Superbugp. 347
Meningococcal Meningitis: It Strikes without Warningp. 359
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Immunizationp. 371
Helicobacter Infection and Peptic Ulcerp. 379
Avian and Seasonal Influenzap. 387
Bioterrorism: Medical and Public Health Implicationsp. 397
The Public Health Burden of Chronic Diseasep. 409
Introductionp. 410
Hypertension and the Kidneyp. 411
Epidemiology of Atherosclerosisp. 425
Stroke: A Guide for Prevention for Patients and Familiesp. 439
Diabetes: A Public Health Pandemicp. 449
Chronic Kidney Disease: The New Epidemicp. 459
Achieving Asthma Controlp. 469
Arthritis: The Nation's Most Common Cause of Disabilityp. 481
Osteoporosis: A Significant Cause of Disability and Mortalityp. 491
Alzheimer's Disease: A Slow Deathp. 503
Perinatal Depression: A Worldwide Problem in Women's Healthp. 513
The Science of Sleepp. 527
Skills and Tools of Public Healthp. 541
Introductionp. 542
Information-Seeking Strategies in Public Healthp. 543
Communicating Public Health Informationp. 557
Glossaryp. 567
Indexp. 593
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