By Trudee Romanek

Within the 5th Mysterious You e-book, Achoo!, teenagers probe the secrets and techniques of disease and sniff out what germs are, why they usually make us unwell, how bodies conflict them and the way vaccines defend us opposed to them.

This exact sequence explores the mysteries of the human physique utilizing a mixture of completely researched real info, notable anecdotes and marvelous try-it actions.

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Those kids may have to have surgery to put tiny tubes in their ears. Each tube fits into a little hole a surgeon makes in the eardrum. The tube lets fluid, bacteria and other gunk drain from the middle ear more easily, to help the patient get better. Usually, in six months or so, the eardrum heals itself, squeezing out the tube in the process. By then, the patient’s usually over the worst of the infection. eardrum of infected middle ear eardrum with tube to drain infection • Bacterial pneumonia can be very contagious, and not just for people.

The color the bandage becomes will even tell your doctor what type of bacterium is growing there. 41 Index activities compare cold symptoms, 27 grow germs from hands, 9 grow Penicillium mold, 35 make fake mucus, 21 observe spread of particles by sneeze, 15 simulate chills from fever, 25 test apple skin as a germ barrier, 19 test throat-soothing foods, 29 AI DS , 12, 22 antibacterials, 17 antibiotics, 17, 34-–35, 36 antibodies, 23 antiseptics, 39 athlete’s foot, 8 attitude, of patient, 40 bacteria, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 24, 25, 29, 32, 34, 36, 39 flesh-eating, 11 helpful, 11 illnesses caused by, 10, 32 size of, 10, 12, 13 bandage strips, 41 blood, 22-–23, 27 body odor, 16 breath, bad, 16 breathing passages, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32 bronchitis, 32 cavities, dental, 16 Chain, Ernst, 34 chicken pox, 12 chicken soup, 37 chills, 25 colds, 12, 14, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 36 of pets, 26 remedies for, 25, 35–37 spread of, 14– 15, 30 symptoms of, 27, 30, 31, 37 cold sores, 13, 17 coughing, 27, 28, 29, 30 cowpox, 38 diphtheria, 34, 39 disinfectants, 39 doctors, hygiene of, 14 42 ear infections, 10, 33 tubes, 33 wax, 18, 19 earaches, 32 eye infections, 17 fever, 24, 25, 37 scarlet, 34 Fleming, Alexander, 34 Florey, Howard, 34 flu, 12, 13, 14, 15, 30– 31, 32, 36 in animals, 31 Spanish, 30, 31 stomach, 31 types of, 30–31 vaccine, 39 food poisoning, 11 fungi, 8, 9 germs, spread of, 7, 8, 9, 14– 15, 17, 19, 29, 30, 33 zoo animals and, 14 glands.

Germkillers Scientists have created a number of different products to fight germs before they can get inside you. Antiseptics — those things you pour on a scrape — wash away many bacteria and weaken the ones left behind so they can’t grow. Disinfectants battle germs, too, by killing them or keeping them from growing. Certain disinfectants, called viricides (VY-ri-sides), can kill viruses. Lots of these products work well, but you can use them only to wipe off tables, counters and other objects.

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