Immunology

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The Human Immune System: Overview of Anatomy and Function

Product code: M253AR    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
The human immune system is perhaps the most complicated system in our bidies. It is composed of organs and chemicals that interact with one another to perform the miracle of defending us against pathogenic invaders. This program, the first of three, will explore the components of the immune system and describe how they work together to protect us.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the main organs that comprise the human immune system - the thymus, the bone marrow and the cells it produces, the lymph system and the spleen
  • Explain the role and importance of leukocytes.
  • Identify and discuss the two main functional divisions of the immune system - the innate system and the adaptive system
  • Describe the innate immune system and its main sentinels and warriors, including macrophages, neutrophils, NK cells and others
  • Describe the purposes and functions of the adaptive immune system

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The Human Immune System: The Immune Response

Product code: M253BR    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
Our bodies are the perfect breeding ground for pathogenic invaders. Some of these microorganisms can make people sick, some critically ill, and some are so virulent they can even kill their host. The human body responds with the organs and specialized cells of the immune system to defend itself and try to return to a state of good health. This second program in the series on the immune system will describe this defense process against the most common pathogens: bacteria and viruses.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the major cells, chemicals and proteins that work together to fight off invading bacteria and viruses
  • Explain in detail the process of the human body's immune response to bacteria
  • Explain in detail the process of the human body's immune response to viruses

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The Human Immune System: When It Turns Against the Body

Product code: M253CR    Copyright © 2015
    

Overview:
This final program in the three-part Human Immune System series will describe what happens when something goes wrong with the immune system. It will focus on allergies, asthma and other common autoimmune disorders. In addition, it will briefly explain primary and secondary dysfunctions, such as immunoglobulin deficiencies caused by genetic abnormalities as well as the effect certain types of medications have on the immune system.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the causes and symptoms of various forms of allergies and asthma, as well as their treatment
  • Explain how the various types of autoimmune disease occur, and what treatments are available for them
  • Describe eight common autoimmune disorders

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