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What is Chickenpox? Causes, Symptoms, Complications And Preventions

Also known as Varicella, chickenpox is an infectious disease caused by the spread of the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Chickenpox usually affects children between the age of 5-10 years. A person who gets chickenpox once in his/her lifetime is not likely to get it ever again. Chickenpox is usually determined by large red spots on the …

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What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defence system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune …

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Spondyloarthritis – Spondylitis, Spondylosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis

What is Spondylitis? Spondyloarthritis (pronounced spon-dyl-oh-arthritis) is the name given to a group of closely related rheumatic diseases that primarily affect the spine (spondylo) and other joints. Spondyloarthritis can sometimes be referred to as spondyloarthropathy, and informally, spondylitis. The term seronegative can at times precede any of these terms, and simply means that certain antibodies commonly associated with rheumatoid …

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Gallbladder – Gallbladder disease, Types of gallbladder disease, Gallbladder Test, Complications

The term gallbladder disease is used for several types of conditions that can affect your gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped sac located underneath your liver. Your gallbladder’s main function is to store the bile produced by your liver and pass it along through a duct that empties into the small intestine. Bile helps you digest fats in your …

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What is pneumonia? Types, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, COPD, Bronchopneumonia

What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Bacterial pneumonia is the most common type in adults. Pneumonia causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to …

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What is a bone infection? Osteomyelitis, Septic Arthritis, Joint Infections

What is a bone infection (osteomyelitis)? A bone infection, also called osteomyelitis, can result when bacteria or fungi invade a bone. In children, bone infections most commonly occur in the long bones of the arms and legs. In adults, they usually appear in the hips, spine, and feet. Bone infections can happen suddenly or develop …

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Lupus – Types, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Diagnosis, Prevention Tips

What is lupus? Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation throughout your body. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your body’s own immune system is responsible for the inflammation and breakdown of its own cells. The inflammation seen in lupus can affect various organs and tissues in your body, including your: joints skin …

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Troponin – Troponin Test, Troponin T, Tropnin I, Tropnin C, Myocardial infarction

What is troponin? Troponins are proteins found in the cardiac and skeletal muscles. When the heart is damaged, it releases troponin into the bloodstream. Doctors measure your troponin levels to detect whether or not you’re experiencing a heart attack. This test can also help doctors find the best treatment sooner. Troponin is more sensitive. Measuring cardiac …

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Cholesterol – Lipid Profile, Normal Range, Symptoms, Causes, Cholesterol Test

What is cholesterol? (Lipid Profile) Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues, and produce certain hormones. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs. Your body also gets cholesterol directly from the food you eat (such as eggs, meats, and dairy products). Too much cholesterol can have …

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Thalassemia – Types, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Thalassemia in Pregnancy, Tests

What is Thalassemia? Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough …

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