Diseases and disorders sometimes develop stealthily, presenting no obvious warning signals. Or they may exhibit symptoms so vague that doctors are left scratching their heads as test after test fail to detect anything amiss.
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Colorectal Cancer Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. A Fifty-year-old woman had suffered intermittent stomach cramps for over a year. The first doctor she consulted said she had an ulcer. But the medicine he gave did not ...
Aneurysm AneurysmAn aneurysm is an abnormal weakening and consequent dilation of the wall of a blood vessel, usually an artery. Experts have likened aneurysms to time bombs for good reason: You can be symptom less until the faulty blood vessel ...
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Lupus LupusLupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body's natural defense system (immune system) attacks its own tissues instead of attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses. This causes inflammation. Inflammation ...
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Hypothyroidism HypothyroidismThe thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped gland found just below the Adam's Apple. When it fails to make enough thyroid hormone to maintain metabolism, the body starts slowing down. Sufferers gain weight, feel tired, have ...
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Celiac Disease Celiac DiseaseCeliac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.
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Benign Positional Vertigo Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the consequence of an imbalance of fluid, or the collection of debris, in the semi-circular canals of the inner ear. BPPV patients have difficulty maintaining their balance.Who's at risk: ...
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Fluorosis FluorosisThe concept that fluoride is good for your teeth has misled everybody, and fluorosis remained uncared for until recent years. Excessive fluoride can cause fluorosis, a painful, crippling and sometimes fatal disease. One of ...
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Hepatitis C Hepatitis C:This disease is caused by the hepatitis C virus, which is spread by contact with infected blood, and other body fluids leading to inflammation and scarring of the liver.Who's at risk: Anyone who has had blood transfusions.
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Sleep Apnea Sleep ApneaSnoring may indicate sleep apnea, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A collapsing airway triggers the snoring and it can interrupt breathing for as long as a minute. Sufferers wake up-usually ...
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Chlamydia ChlamydiaChlamydia (kluh-MID-ee-uh) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Chlamydia is an STI caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI in the United States. Women, especially ...