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Living with Ulcertative Colitis

OVERVIEW Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine, also known as the colon. In patients with ulcerative colitis,...
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How Birth Order Affects Asthma

Swedish study confirmed link between birth order and risk of childhood disease. Is it better to be the first-born or the younger child? The answer--...
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Marburg Virus: Defined

  Overview The Marburg virus can cause Marburg virus disease (formerly known as Marburg hemorrhagic fever). It is an often-fatal virus first discovered in Marburg, Germany...
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Celiac Disease: Defined

OVERVIEW Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, in which eating gluten causes damage to the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in grains like...
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Itching and the Immune System

A study showed patients with chronic itching had immune system irregularities. A chronic itching problem might seem like no big deal, even if it is...
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How Gut Bacteria Affect Celiac Disease

People with specific gut bacteria developed celiac disease. Celiac disease--the inability to tolerate food containing gluten--has long puzzled scientists. The puzzle may have finally been...
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Cystic Fibrosis: Defined

Overview Cystic fibrosis is a disease of the secretory glands, which create mucus and sweat. It mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and...
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Hepatitis: Defined

OVERVIEW Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. The condition can be caused by many things, including bacterial infection, liver injury caused by toxins and...

Chronic Pain Defined

OVERVIEW Chronic pain is persistent and long-lasting pain that can last weeks, months and even years. Pain signals continue to fire in the nervous system...
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Alcohol Addiction

OVERVIEW Alcohol addiction is a chronic dependence on alcohol. This addiction often involves being preoccupied with alcohol and when you will have your next drink,...