McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly, through fluid exchange or exposure to vectors, or from the environment.

Public Health Ontario (PHO)

Does Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick?

Overview video about cold weather affecting sickness

This video analyzes research to debunk the common myth that cold weather can make you sick.

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Taking on Superbugs: A New Broom Sweeps Clean

Videos about superbugs

These two videos describes bacterial infection, antibiotic drug resistance, antibacterial drug discovery and the future of antibiotic therapies.

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Zika Virus: Should We Be Concerned?

Video about history of Zika Virus

This video examines the history of the Zika Virus, how it is transmitted, signs and symptoms and preventative measures.

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Zika Virus: Explained

Video that explains Zika Virus

This video explains which areas of the world are more susceptible to the Zika Virus, the mechanisms for infection, symptoms and treatment.

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Ebola Virus: Public Perception and Misconceptions

Video about Ebola Virus

This video deconstructs the misconceptions around the Ebola Virus and highlights important facts to improve knowledge and understanding of the disease.

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How Do I Contract Malaria?

Video about malaria

This video investigates the life cycle of the Plasmodium parasite responsible for malaria and its associated pathophysiology.

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Challenge of West Nile Virus

Video about challenge of West Nile Virus

This video reviews the epidemiology of West Nile Virus, the clinical manifestations and management strategy, the host response to West Nile virus and current research strategies to target West Nile Virus infections.

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West Nile Virus: Misconceptions

Video about West Nile Virus

This video discusses general information about transmission, history, risk factors and prevention of the West Nile Virus.

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Crohn's Disease and the Role of Bacteria in the Inflammation Process

Video about Crohn's and bacteria

This video explores Crohn's disease as a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is responsive to immune suppressive therapy.

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Crohn's Disease and the Role of Microbes

Video about Crohn's and microbes

This video looks at how microbes may work in concert with other known risk factors for Crohn's disease.

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What is Shingles?

Video about shingles

This video provides an overview of shingles (Herpes Zoster), and the process in which it occurs in the body.

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What is Rabies?

Video about rabies

This video explains why rabies is a serious infection, how it affects our body and what countermeasures can be used to fight it.

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Video about HIV/AIDS

This series of videos provide information about HIV/AIDS, treatments and aging with HIV.

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Related Topics


Videos about antibiotics

This series of videos explores antibiotics, their role in treating disease, antibiotic resistance and other related topics.

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Video about vaccines

This series of videos looks at vaccines, how they work, their role in fighting infectious diseases and other related topics.

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