Personal Health: What You Need to Know from Modern Science (Collection) [NOOK Book]

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3 remarkable books reveal the latest scientific discoveries about addiction, antibiotic-resistant disease, bacteria ? and you

These three remarkable books take you to the cutting edge of health science, revealing today?s most powerful scientific discoveries about addiction, antibiotic-resistant disease, and bacteria. In The Addicted Brain, leading neuroscientist Michael Kuhar, Ph.D. explains how and why addiction destroys lives, and presents the latest advances in treatment and ...

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Personal Health: What You Need to Know from Modern Science (Collection)

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Overview

3 remarkable books reveal the latest scientific discoveries about addiction, antibiotic-resistant disease, bacteria — and you

These three remarkable books take you to the cutting edge of health science, revealing today’s most powerful scientific discoveries about addiction, antibiotic-resistant disease, and bacteria. In The Addicted Brain, leading neuroscientist Michael Kuhar, Ph.D. explains how and why addiction destroys lives, and presents the latest advances in treatment and prevention. Using breathtaking brain imagery and other research, Kuhar reveals the powerful, long-term brain changes that drugs can cause, explaining why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape them. He describes why some people are unusually susceptible to addiction; illuminates striking neural similarities between drugs and pleasures ranging from alcohol and gambling to sex and caffeine; and outlines the 12 characteristics most often associated with successful treatment. Next, in Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis, Karl S. Drlica and David S. Perlin presents a thorough and authoritative overview of the growing resistance of pathogenic bacteria to antibiotics, and what this means to our ability to control and treat infectious diseases. The authors answer crucial questions such as: What is resistance? How does it emerge? How do common human activities contribute to resistance? What can we do about it? Are there better ways to discover new antibiotics? How can we strengthen our defenses against resistance, minimize public health risks and extend the effectiveness of the antibiotics we have? Finally, in Allies and Enemies, Anne Maczulak tells the story of the amazing, intimate partnership between humans and bacteria. Offering a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures, Maczulak explains how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, the roles they’ve played in human history – and why you can't survive without them.

From pioneering scientists and researchers including Michael Kuhar, Karl S. Drlica, David S. Perlin, and Anne Maczulak


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133039542
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

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Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., is professor at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Candler professor in the Emory University School of Medicine, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. His interests have included brain structure and function, mental illness, and the impact of drugs on the brain. Addiction has been his major focus for many years, and he is one of the field’s most productive and highly cited scientists. In June 2011, he received the Nathan B. Eddy lifetime achievement award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Karl Drlica, Ph.D. is Principal Investigator at the Public Health Research Institute Center of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His laboratory focuses on fluoroquinolone action and resistance with M. tuberculosis and other bacteria, including approaches to slowing the enrichment and amplification of resistant bacterial subpopulations. Dr. David S. Perlin is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His laboratory explores mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, rapid detection of bloodstream pathogens in high-risk patients, discovery of novel molecules to combat tuberculosis, and the development of small animal models for respiratory pathogens. Anne Maczulak is a Ph.D. microbiologist who has worked and consulted on water quality/sewage, and most recently for MedImmune manufacturing flu vaccine. She has written several books for Facts on File, as well as an encyclopedia of microbiology for younger readers, and one trade book, The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs. She provides independent consulting services to small and growing companies, academic research laboratories, and analytical labs through her company, Acorn GLP Consulting.

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Table of Contents

The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine

Introduction xi

Chapter 1: What’s in This Book, and Why Should I Read It? 1

Chapter 2: Hardwired: What Animals Tell Us About the Human Desire for Drugs 15

Chapter 3: Feeling Good: The Brain’s Own Reward System 29

Chapter 4: The ABCs of Drug Action in the Brain 39

Chapter 5: The Dark Side Develops! 59

Chapter 6: Why Are Drugs So Powerful? 73

Chapter 7: The Brain Is Changed—For a Long Time! 85

Chapter 8: Could I Become an Addict? 99

Chapter 9: Stress, Social Status, and Drugs 115

Chapter 10: Gambling, Sex, and Food 127

Chapter 11: What Else Do Drugs Do to Me? 137

Chapter 12: Women and Adolescents 159

Chapter 13: Treatment: How Do I Get Better? 171

Chapter 14: What Does the Future Hold? 189

Glossary 203

Index 211

Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Resistance Problem 1

Chapter 2 Working with Pathogens 17

Chapter 3 A Survey of Antibiotics 31

Chapter 4 Dosing to Cure 55

Chapter 5 Emergence of Resistance 73

Chapter 6 Movement of Resistance Genes Among Pathogens 91

Chapter 7 Transmission of Resistant Disease 105

Chapter 8 Surveillance 125

Chapter 9 Making New Antibiotics 139

Chapter 10 Restricting Antibiotic Use and Optimizing Dosing 149

Chapter 11 Influenza and Antibiotic Resistance 167

Chapter 12 Avoiding Resistant Pathogens 177

Afterword A Course of Action 203

Appendix A Molecules of Life 207

Appendix B Microbial Life Forms 221

Glossary 227

Literature Cited 233

Index 251

Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria

Acknowledgments viii

About the Author ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why the world needs bacteria 7

Chapter 2 Bacteria in history 35

Chapter 3 “Humans defeat germs!”(but not for long) 63

Chapter 4 Bacteria in popular culture 83

Chapter 5 An entire industry from a single cell 99

Chapter 6 The invisible universe 121

Chapter 7 Climate, bacteria, and a barrel of oil 145

Epilogue How microbiologists grow bacteria 165

Appendix Resources for learning more about bacteria 173

Bacteria rule references 175

Index 197

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