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The following information should be included about the disease you choose to research:

1. What is the name of the disease?

2. Is this disease communicable or non-communicable? Ex: The common cold is a communicable

3. What body systems are affected? disease that affects the respiratory system.

4. What is the cause of this disease? Virus, bacteria, or another pathogen?  Is the disease inherited or the result of a birth defect?  Is the cause unknown?

5. What are the symptoms and/or complications for someone with this disease?

6. What is the treatment for this disease?  Is there a cure?

7. How is this disease diagnosed?  How would someone know they have it?

8. What are the methods of prevention?  If the are no ways to prevent getting/developing the disease then state that.

9. What are the risk factors for developing this disease?  Controllable and non-controllable.

10 Any statistics, facts, historical information, graphs, charts, or images about the disease.

Visual Aid Ideas:

  • Powerpoint
  • Poster
  • Pamphlet
  • 2-3 page research paper

Start with these sites to research diseases

Health and & Wellness Resource Center  - Gale database. Click on Diseases and Conditions tab.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

HealthFinder - From Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Health Topics

MedLine Plus Topics - from the NIH and National Library of Medicine

Mayo Clinic Diseases and Conditions

CNN Health - A to Z

MSNBC Health - Health Library

TeensHealth - Diseases and Conditions

Science Daily News - Check links on the left to see current news stories about specific diseases and conditions

Specific Disease Information

These organizations provide information about specific diseases, once you have checked the sites above.

AD/HD - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) - The ALS Association

Alzheimer's Disease - Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research

Angelman Syndrome - Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Autism - Autism Society of America


Down Syndrome - National Down Syndrome Society

Eating Disorders (including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and others) - National Eating Disorders Association

Heart Disease - American Heart Association: Diseases & Conditions

Hemophilia - National Hemophilia Foundation


Lupus - Lupus Foundation of America

Lyme Disease - American Lyme Disease Foundation

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) - American Social Health Association

Wilson Disease - Wilson Disease Association