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Gout and Diet

Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid in the blood. Crystals of sodium urate accumulate inside and around joints causing severe joint pain and inflammation. Uric acid is the waste product formed when the body breaks down compounds called purines, which are found in proteins. These purines […]

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What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common condition of the large intestine that refers to the infection and inflammation of diverticula, bulges which can form in the lining of the colon as a person ages. These diverticula are thought to form as a result of hard stools passing through a colon that has become weakened over time. When […]

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Glaucoma Symptoms

There are several types of glaucoma and all of them are characterized by raised intraocular pressure. Symptoms of different types of glaucoma include:- Chronic open-angle glaucoma In this type of glaucoma there is usually no overt symptoms at least in the initial stages. The condition progresses slowly. Damage to sight also takes longer to occur. […]

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome History

Reports of illness that fit the description of chronic fatigue syndrome go back as far as 1750, when Sir Richard Manningham reported a syndrome called febricula, meaning “little fever.” Papers published by medical journals such as The Lancet and the British Medical Journal also refer to the likelihood that historical figures such as Florence Nightingale […]

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Thyroid Cancer Symptoms

Thyroid cancer involves the abnormal growth of cells in the thyroid gland in the neck. It is important that individuals are aware of symptoms that may be indicative of thyroid cancer, as it allows for early detection of disease and a more favorable prognosis. Nodule in the Neck The most common initial presenting symptom of […]

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Tourette Syndrome Prognosis

Tourette syndrome is an incurable neurological condition affecting the brain and nervous system. The condition causes involuntary physical movements or noises to be made which are known of as tics. Physical involuntary movements are referred to as motor tics, while involuntary utterances or noises are termed phonic tics. Treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms […]

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Cardiology Procedures

There are several diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are performed in cardiology. Some of the main procedures include: Pulse palpation and auscultation – Examination by palpation is carried out to detect the pulse and a stethoscope is used to listen to breathing and sounds in the chest (auscultation). Shygmomanometer – A sphygmomanometer is used to […]

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Beta-Carotene Side Effects

Until recently, beta carotene was not thought to be toxic to humans. High levels of plasma beta carotene (hypercarotenemia) have not been associated with adverse side effects apart form causing a yellowing of the skin (carotenodermia) that eventually resolves. Beta carotene effects on reproductive health Beta carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A, a group […]

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Dyskeratosis Congenita Pathophysiology

Dyskeratosis congenita is a genetic condition that affects many parts of the body and in particular, the nails, skin and mucosal membranes. The condition is usually inherited in an X-linked recessive manner and therefore affects more men than women. In around 50% of cases, the condition is known to arise from mutations in the TERT, […]

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Vasectomy and prostate cancer: Myth or reality?

Researchers are divided in their opinion over whether there is an association between vasectomy and the development of prostate cancer. The majority of studies do not support such a link, but some do. What is vasectomy? Vasectomy is a common surgical procedure that provides an effective and permanent form of contraception for men. This minor […]