Let's Talk About TB - CD

Let's Talk About TB - CD

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A comprehensive set of 5 audio educational programs in English and Yolŋu Matha covering the history of TB as an infectious disease, and how TB is transmitted and treated.

In Yolŋu Matha and English

$9.95

A comprehensive set of 5 audio educational programs in English and Yolŋu Matha covering the history of TB as an infectious disease, and how TB is transmitted and treated.

Let’s Talk About TB - Part 1 of 5 Intro

This program introduces the disease TB, or Tuberculosis. TB is caused by a germ, or bacteria, that can only be seen with a microscope. The TB bacteria can be passed from person to person through saliva particles in the air from coughing. TB has been around for hundreds of years and millions of people all over the world have died from TB. Fortunately, in Australia, we have antibiotics available to cure TB. (Length 3:01)

Let’s Talk About TB - Part 2 of 5 Description

When someone with TB coughs, tiny particles of sputum are easily released into the air, which then can be breathed in by somebody else. This is how TB is easily transmitted. There are many hairlike cilia in our large airways. They move like seaweed in the current and can sweep out many germs from our airways. We can then cough out or swallow these germs. Smoking makes it easier for the TB bacteria to pass by into the lungs. There the TB bacteria find a good place to live in the small airways. The bacteria then start to reproduce...(Length 5:17)

Let’s Talk About TB - Part 3 of 5 Symptoms and the Immune System

This program provides a detailed explanation of the reaction of the white blood cells to the intrusion of the TB bacteria into the body; this includes the defence mechanisms of the TB bacteria and their capability to invade individual white blood cells and the effects this has on the body. It follows on to explain the process of other white blood cells building ’antibodies‘ or ’spears‘ of immunity against further attack by TB bacteria in the immediate or distant future. (Length 14:09)

Let’s Talk About TB - Part 4 of 5 Immune System and Treatment

This program continues from part five, explaining further about the response of the white blood cells and their attack on the TB bacteria; generally they have the ability to put the TB bacteria into a state of dormancy, but not to kill them completely. The symptoms of TB include feeling sick and weak, having a cough for more than two weeks, coughing up blood, becoming skinny, feverish and having swollen lymph nodes. Treatment and the Australian Government‘s efforts to rid Australia of TB are the topics that conclude this program. (Length 10:53)

Let’s Talk About TB - Part 5 of 5 Vaccination

This program explains medical testing for TB and the response of the immune system to an injection of small amount of dead TB bacteria; if a person has had TB before, their arm will develop a lump around the injection site as the white blood cells attack the dead TB bacteria with antibodies that they learnt to make previously. If a person has not had TB before there will be no lump as the white blood cells have not yet learnt how to made antibodies to defend against TB. Explains how babies are vaccinated against TB when they are only 2-3 days old and the processes involved in building immunity to TB through vaccination.

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