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Assignment Overview

You have been asked to research a homeostatic imbalance and discover how it impacts the body, how this imbalance can be prevented, and complications that can arise from these imbalances. This guide provides resources and helpful tips for completing this assignment.

If you find any broken links or have any questions about the guide, see Ms. Forfa.

While researching, keep in mind that your presentation must address these topics: 

  • Introduction: Introduce the disease with a general description of what it is. How is it a homeostatic imbalance within the body?
  •  Statistics: Include statistics describing how common the disease/disorder is. Also include information about if it occurs more commonly in certain populations, for example, women or Asian Americans.
  • Signs and Symptoms: Describe the signs and symptoms, providing a brief explanation of any sign or symptom that is not self-explanatory. 
  • Cause: Possibilities include inflammation, infection, abnormal cell growth, heredity, malnutrition, environmental factors, or stress. Explain how the cause (if known) of the disease/disorder produces the signs and symptoms. Be as specific as possible. In some cases, the disease may be idiopathic (no known cause). 
  • Prevention: If the disease can be prevented, explain how. If not, explain why it can't be prevented. Your reason will probably refer back to the cause of the disease. 
  • Diagnosis: List all procedures that can be used to determine if a person has the disease. Procedures may include laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging techniques such as MRI, biopsy, physical examination, asking the patient questions about their symptoms, family history, and others. You must provide an explanation of each procedure, specifically describing what signs the doctor is looking for. Always try to connect the diagnoses to the cause and/or symptoms of the disease. 
  • Complications: Are there any complications that may develop in a person suffering from the disease? Explain how the complications affect the patient. 
  • Treatment Options: List all treatments that can be used to help the patient. Treatments may include medication, lifestyle changes, surgery, physical therapy, and others. You must provide a brief explanation of each type of treatment, specifically describing what signs or symptoms the treatment is designed to alleviate. 
  • Prognosis: Describe the typical outcome of the disease. Include the chances for complete recovery, if there is any permanent loss of function, or possibility of death. 
  • Diabetes
  • Graves' disease
  • Hypothermia or Hyperthermia
  • Dehydration
  • Hypertension
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Parathyroid disorders (calcium levels in blood)
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Asthma
  • Hemophilia
  • Crohn's disease
  • Anemia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
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