Use secondary sources to evaluate the effectiveness of current disease-prevention methods

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Use secondary sources to evaluate the effectiveness of current disease-prevention methods and develop strategies for the prevention of a non-infectious disease, including but not limited to:

  • educational programs and campaigns
  • genetic engineering

Educational programs and campaigns for disease prevention:

  • Educational programs can be used to create mass awareness about diseases.
  • At present, social media is a very large platform that can be used to let a huge number of people know about how certain diseases are harmful for us and how they can be prevented.
  • Educational documentaries can be prepared with a storyline of how a person’s behaviour made him prone to diseases. For example, a group of people can make a documentary showing how the sedentary lifestyle of a person made him susceptible to obesity and later on other complexities such as hypertension, coronary heart diseases etc.
  • Events can be launched on specific days dedicated to diseases such as Diabetes Day, World Heart Day etc. where posters and presentations can be shown regarding practical studies on these diseases and people can be taught how to prevent them.

Genetic Engineering in diseases prevention:

  • Genetic Engineering has promoted mass production of certain hormones and enzymes that can help cure diseases and reduce its lethal affects.
  • Extensive research is being done in Gene therapy to make it a success which could prevent diseases from happening even in the embryonic stage of an organism by eliminating the mutant, disease causing gene with normal ones. Although demanding a lot of effort, this could be a good strategy to prevent diseases.

Extract from HSC Biology Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2017 Board of Studies NSW.