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The focus of your research should be on the anatomy and physiology of the injury or issue. This means you should describe the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of a normal, healthy individual and then compare it to a person who is afflicted with the disease (how is homeostasis out of balance?).  The A & P is the most important part of your research and should be woven into all parts of your paper and presentation!

Your paper and presentation must address the following sections

Introduction – 1) introduce your topic with a(n) interesting or shocking fact(s) or statistic(s).
                           2) explain what anatomy is affected and what “normal” would look/feel/work (use anatomical terminology)
3)WHO is this most likely to affect.  Gender, age, job

Signs & Symptoms – Describe the signs and symptoms, providing a brief explanation of any sign or symptom that is not self-explanatory.

Cause – Explain how the cause (if known) of the disease/condition/injury produces the signs and symptoms. Be as specific as possible. In some cases, the disease may be idiopathic (no known cause), for injuries, describe possible scenarios.

Prevention – 1) If the disease/injury/condition can be prevented, explain how.  

                          2) If not, explain why it can’t be prevented (your reason will probably refer back to the cause of the injury/condition).

Diagnosis – List all procedures that can be used to determine if a person has the injury/issue. 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 – 1) Are there any complications that may develop? 2) If so, explain how the complications affect the patient.

Treatment Options– List all treatments that can be used to help the patient. Treatments both long term and short term: 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. Be as specific as possible.

 Describe the typical outcome of the disease (do patients get better, worse, etc). Include the chances for complete recovery, if there is any permanent loss of function, or possibility of death.

Bibliography: must have at least three sources cited in MLA 8th edition format.


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