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GCSE level School BIOLOGY Notes: Non-communicable diseases and risk factors

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Non-communicable diseases, risk factors and other medical conditions brought on by lifestyle choices

e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart diseases (cardiovascular of the circulatory system), kidney disease or respiratory diseases of the lung like emphysema and bronchitis, legal and illegal drugs, solvents, alcohol and lifestyle choices - Doc Brown's GCSE level biology exam revision study notes:  What is a non-communicable disease?   Describe some examples on non-communicable diseases.   Explain some life-style risk factors associated with cancer. What is an illegal drug? Why are some drugs so harmful? Why are solvents and alcohol harmful?


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(1) An introduction to non-communicable diseases

(2) Examples of risk factors for non-communicable diseases & how different types of disease interact

(3) Cancer - an examples of non-communicable diseases with its many risk factors

(4) What are the human and financial costs of non-communicable diseases?

(5) The value of drugs - medications to help fight non-communicable medical conditions

(6) Different types of drugs, legal, illegal - lifestyle choices

(7) The dangers of alcohol and solvents, heart disease and issues with organ transplants

(8)  The development of drug of drugs to combat non-communicable diseases

(9) Measures of obesity  (just one measure of healthiness and well-being)

(10) Evaluating medical data, statistics, graphs and correlation

See also communicable diseases  and  plant diseases

Keeping healthy: defences against pathogens, fighting infectious diseases, vaccination, monoclonal antibodies

Respiration - aerobic and anaerobic  and gas exchange in the lungs


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Introduction to the organisation of cells => tissues => organs => organ systems (e.g. in humans)

Examples of surfaces for the exchange of substances in animal organisms  

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Homeostasis - introduction to how it functions (negative feedback systems explained) 

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Homeostasis - thermoregulation, control of temperature 

The brain - what the different parts do and the dangers if damaged

An introduction to the nervous system including the reflex arc 

Hormone systems - Introduction to the endocrine system - adrenaline & thyroxine hormones

Hormone systems - menstrual cycle, contraception, fertility treatments 

Respiration - aerobic and anaerobic in plants and animals. 

Keeping healthy - communicable diseases - pathogen infections  

Keeping healthy - non-communicable diseases - risk factors for e.g. cancers  

Keeping healthy - diet and exercise 

Keeping healthy - defence against pathogens, infectious diseases, vaccination, drugs, monoclonal antibodies

See also Culturing microorganisms like bacteria - testing antibiotics/antiseptics

Food tests for reducing sugars, starch, proteins and lipids 

The eye - structure and function - correction of vision defects 

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