Biology B1 1.6 Using drugs to treat disease.

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What is the purpose of medicines that do not kill the pathogens that cause disease?
Some medicines may only relieve the symptoms of disease, such as painkillers.
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What diseases do antibiotics cure, and how?
Bacterial diseases, by killing the infective bacteria inside your body.
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How are viruses difficult to destroy?
Viruses cannot be destroyed by antibiotics, they are difficult to destroy because they reproduce inside body cells therefore any treatment could also damage the body cells.
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What is penicillin?
An antibiotic.
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When was penicillin discovered, and by who?
It was first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928.
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How are viral pathogens destroyed?
Your immune system will usually overcome the viral pathogens.
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