The Truth about Illness and Disease

Overview

In a straightforward and nonjudgmental manner, The Truth About series tackles a range of current issues that affect teens. Each A-to-Z volume delivers the information teens need to cope with pressure from a multitude of sources and to make informed choices when faced with difficult decisions. Special features such as "Q & A," "Teens Speak," and "Fact Or Fiction?" focus on critical aspects of current topics, while "Did You Know?" presents up-to-date tables and graphs. With an informative glossary and a ...

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Overview

In a straightforward and nonjudgmental manner, The Truth About series tackles a range of current issues that affect teens. Each A-to-Z volume delivers the information teens need to cope with pressure from a multitude of sources and to make informed choices when faced with difficult decisions. Special features such as "Q & A," "Teens Speak," and "Fact Or Fiction?" focus on critical aspects of current topics, while "Did You Know?" presents up-to-date tables and graphs. With an informative glossary and a valuable listing of hotlines and further resources, these books are essential reading for young people in search of guidance and knowledge.

The Truth About illness and Disease presents information designed to help teens understand such topics as chronic disease, epidemics, immunization, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Sexually transmitted diseases, mental disorders, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The goal of this title is to equip teens with information so they will be prepared to make healthy choices throughout their lives. With that in mind, the authors include a risky business self-test. Question number two states, "I have had unprotected sex" while question number seven states, "When I go into an area where there might be ticks, I don't take any special precautions." The broad nature of this quiz is indicative of the scope of this book. The bulk of the text arranges all manner of disease in A to Z entries; however, the organizational logic is at times confusing. "Genetic Disorders" includes cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and sickle cell while Lyme disease and measles get their own entries. The extensive index will help students locate information. Most entries include a "Did You Know?" section that feature tables and graphs, a "Q and A" that attempts to answer general teen questions, "Fact or Fiction?" that addresses common misconceptions about the disease, and "Teens Speak," which includes first-person accounts from teens dealing with the disease. There are no photographs or illustrations other than a few black-and-white graphs, but the text is presented in a straightforward manner and will be accessible to most teens. A useful list of hotlines and help sites is appended.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816076352
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Facts on File Truth about Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface xi

How to Use This Book xv

Fighting Illness and Disease 1

A to Z Entries 13

ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 15

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) 19

Alcoholism 24

Allergies 33

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia 37

Anemia 39

Anxiety and Mood Disorders 43

Arthritis 55

Asthma 57

Cancer 63

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 80

Cerebral Palsy 82

Chicken Pox 83

Chronic Disease 86

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPO) 89

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) 90

Eating Disorders 96

Epidemics and Pandemics 101

Eye Disorders 104

Genetic Disorders 108

Heart Disease 117

Hepatitis 123

Immunization 127

Infections, Bacterial and Viral 131

Influenza 136

Leukemia 142

Lyme Disease 146

Measles 149

Migraine Headache 150

Mononucleosis, Infectious 156

Multiple Sclerosis 159

Obesity 160

Parkinson's Disease 167

Scoliosis 168

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) 170

Skin Disorders 175

Strep Infections 178

Treatment 181

Hotlines and Help Sites 191

Glossary 201

Index 213

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