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AIDS

Alternative names Acquired immune deficiency syndrome Definition AIDS is caused by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS is the final and most serious stage of HIV disease. It is characterized by signs and symptoms of severe immune deficiency. AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Causes, Incidence, and Risk factors This virus attacks the immune system and leaves the body vulnerable to a variety of life-threatening illnesses. These illnesses are often caused

BRAIN TUMOR

Alternative names glioblastoma multiforme; ependymoma; glioma; astrocytoma; brain tumor - primary; medulloblastoma; neuroglioma; oligodendroglioma; meningioma Definition A mass created by growth of abnormal cells or uncontrolled proliferation of cells in the brain. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Primary brain tumor includes any tumor that originates in the brain. Tumors may be localized to a small area, invasive (spread to nearby areas), benign (noncancerous), or malignant (cancerous

ASTHMA

Alternative names Status asthmaticus; intrinsic asthma; exercise induced asthma; asthma; allergic asthma Definition Bronchial asthma is a lung disorder characterized by periodic attacks of wheezing alternating with periods of relatively normal breathing. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Bronchial asthma is usually intrinsic (no cause can be demonstrated), but is occasionally caused by a specific allergy (suc h as allergy to mold, dander, dust). Although most individuals with asthma will

ALLERGIES

Alternative names allergic response Definition A collection of symptoms caused by an immune response to substances that do not trigger an immune response in most people. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Allergy is caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system leading to a misdirected immune response. The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to substances (allergens) th

AIDS

Alternative namesAcquired immune deficiency syndrome Definition AIDS is caused by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS is the final and most serious stage of HIV disease. It is characterized by signs and symptoms of severe immune deficiency. AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Causes, Incidence, and Risk factors This virus attacks the immune system and leaves the body vulnerable to a variety of life-threatening illnesses. These illnesses are often caused by commo

WEAKNESS

Alternative names: lack of strength; muscle weakness Definition: A reduction in the strength of one or more muscles. Considerations: Weakness is a very important symptom. The feeling of weakness may be subjective (the person feels weak but has no measurable loss of strength) or concrete (measurable loss of strength). Weakness may be generalized (total body weakness) or localized to a specific area, side of the body, limb, and so on. A subjective feeling of weakness usually is general

NAUSEA & VOMITING

Alternative names: emesis; stomach upset; upset stomach; vomiting Definition: Nausea is the sensation leading to the urge to vomit. To vomit is to force the contents of the stomach up through the esophagus and out of the mouth. Considerations: Dehydration is the biggest concern in most vomiting episodes. The rate with which dehydration takes place depends on the size of the person, the frequency of the vomiting, and whether or not there is also diarrhea. Infants with frequent vomitin

NASAL DISCHARGE

Alternative names: postnasal drip; rhinorrhea; runny nose Definition: The free discharge of thin nasal mucus. Considerations: Rhinorrhea is common, but rarely serious. Nasal discharges can also include drainage from inflamed or infected sinuses, in which case it may be thicker or discolored. Problems from the runny nose are the result of excess mucus. The mucus may cause a postnasal drip and cough that is usually worse at night. A sore throat may also result from excessive mucus drai

HEADACHE

Alternative names:cephalalgia; pain in the head Definition: A pain in the head from any cause. Benign headache; migraine headache, classical; migraine headache, common; tension headache; and the cluster headaches. Considerations: Although painful and annoying, the vast majority of headaches do not indicate a serious disorder. Tension headache and migraine headaches account for 90% of all headaches. The different types of headaches are usually caused by muscle contraction (tension head

FEVER

Alternative names:Elevated temperature; hyperthermia; pyrexia; temperature, elevated Definition: Normal body temperature varies with different people, but the average is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Centigrade). If the temperature is 99 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, suspect a fever; if it is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, it is a fever. Considerations: Normal body temperature varies during the day. It is generally lowest upon awakening in the morning. Food, extra clothing, exciteme

FATIGUE

Alternative names: exhaustion; lethargy; tiredness; weariness Definition: A feeling of lack of energy, weariness or tiredness. Considerations: Fatigue is not the same as drowsiness, but the desire to sleep may accompany fatigue. Apathy is a feeling of indifference; this may accompany fatigue but may also exist independently. Fatigue represents a normal and important response to physical exertion, emotional stress, or lack of sleep. Fatigue can also be a nonspecific symptom of a ps

Cold / Cough

Alternative names: common cold; pharyngitis, viral; upper respiratory infection - viral; viral URI Definition: A contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes, sneezing, sore throat, and coughing. Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Colds are caused by over 200 different viruses, known as rhinoviruses. Colds are not caused by the same viruses responsible for influenza. Colds spread through droplets from the coughing or s

Diseases

Common DiseasesChronical DiseasesGiven are few diseases that are often faced by us in daily life. An effort to provide you the right information related to all these diseases. Theses diseases are common in daily life and are harmful to our body, among these are abdominal pain, Cold/ Cough , Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Running Nose, Vomiting, Weakness Etc. Given below are few diseases that are heard more but are less known. A humble efforts to provide you information on these diseases point-wise

Myths & Facts

Milk causes asthmaMany well-meaning parents rob their children of essential nutrients by taking it upon themselves to exclude milk. Poor diet leads to poor health, which can make asthma worse. The major triggers for asthma are infection, exercise, weather and temperature change. Food and drink, food additives and chemicals are low ranking triggers. The right diet for asthma is one that contains cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats.Are all calories created equallyAll calories are

Impotency

Mere possession of sexual drive is no passport to bliss. One requires the right skills and the proper knowledge of the risks that today’s lifestyle patterns can introduce. Sex is man’s second strongest instinct, after that of survival.The powerful sex drive comes from a potent body hormone called testosterone. It is a fluid of sexual drive. However mere possession of drive is no passport to sexual bliss. Such an all- powerful drive requires the right skills and right avenues for proper channelis

Fitness

To increase your overall fitness level, there are three different techniques: Click on the link to view details:- Cardiovascular Training - Strength Training - Flexibility Training This section briefly describes each training area and lists a suggested number of times per week/activity duration based upon your current level of fitness (or your current activity level). If you have never exercised before or if you are changing your current exercise program, make sure you consult your physi

Metabolism

What is Metabolism and Why is it Important?A lot of people have no clue about metabolism - What is it? Why is it important? How can I increase it? Metabolism is a fairly complicated subject. This section tris to address a lot of these issues. What is Metabolism? Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself. Whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, cleaning etc... your body is constantly burning calories to keep you going. Metabolism is affected by your bod

Health & Fitness

There is no secret that the pressures of modern life cause stress and as stress levels continue to rise beyond levels, the medical profession tries to reduce it by prescribing sleeping pillos and other grugs aimed at relaxing the mind. In This excerise section we have devided excerises in two sections first is Health wise excerise and second is maintain your physique. Health wise section has four sub sections Body metabolism, Health & Fitness, Body Building, Weight Lifting etc. In Maintain You P

Abortion

When is an abortion advisable?If a pregnancy has been planned, and in some cases difficult to achieve, the decision to abort the baby is a devastating one for everybody involved (including parents and in-laws). There are many cases, however, where aborting is the best alternative that the parents can choose.The following list provides some of the possible reasons for having an abortion:- Abnormalities in the baby - Mother gets German Measles - Medical risk to the mother, like severe heart dise

Birth Control

Family Planning.An Expert Committee (1971) of the WHO defined family planning as’a way of thinking and living that is adopted voluntarily, upon the basis of knowledge, attitudes and responsible decisions by individuals and couples, in order to promote the health and welfare of the family group and thus contribute effectively to the social development of a country’. The practices that are apart of family planning are1. To avoid unwanted births 2. To bring about wanted births 3. To regulate the

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