Inflammation, in its broadest sense, is the body’s response to tissue injury. Acute inflammation is typically of short duration, is nonspecific, and may be triggered by any injury. On the other hand, when the inflammation has a slow onset and persists for weeks or months it is referred to as chronic. A major difference between acute and chronic inflammation is that the former is restricted to a specific tissue or organ, whereas the latter affects the lining of the blood vessels throughout the body. In this sense, chronic inflammation is systemic. Chronic, systemic inflammation has been implicated as a major causative factor for several major diseases, including cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy. Detection of chronic inflammation is essential in order to prevent and control these disease processes. This course is designed to help clinicians understand the underlying physiological mechanisms that lead to chronic, systemic inflammation so that they may be more capable of assisting patients in avoiding unnecessary suffering, disability, and expense.

Hour 1

  1.     Introduction
  2.     Myeloid Subtypes
  3.     Lymphoid Subtypes
  4.     The Acute Inflammatory Response
  5.     The Chronic Inflammatory Response
  6.     Risk Factors for Disease Related to Inflammation & Endothelial Dysfunction

Hour 2

  1.     Methods for Reducing Inflammation: Drugs, Diet, Activity, Smoking Cessation
  2.     Drugs
  3.     Other Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Hour 3

  1.     Diet & Activity
  2.     Fat
  3.     Carbohydrates
  4.     Dietary patterns
  5.     Physical Activity
  6.     Smoking
  7.     Conclusion


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the significance of the immune system in combating infection and disease.
  2. Distinguish between innate and adaptive immune responses.
  3. Identify the humoral and cellular components of the non-specific immune response.
  4. Differentiate between acute and chronic inflammation.
  5. Identify the mechanisms of combating infection/disease.
  6. Outline the components of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
Products specifications
Instructor A. St. Charles, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.
# of Pages 81
More Information About This Course: Inflammation accreditation
Contact Hours: 3
NCBTMB Contact Hours 3 (Approved for NY)
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