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Vitiligo Symptoms, Pictures, Causes, Treatment and Cure

What is vitiligo? Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by the appearance of discolored white patches on the skin. It occurs as a result of the skin pigment-producing cells dying or becoming unable to produce the pigment. The condition is quite rare and affects less than 1% of the total population worldwide. Vitiligo mainly affects […]

Causes of Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Many women become anxious about vaginal discharge during pregnancy but usually the discharge may be considered normal if it is odorless, thin in consistency and white in color. However, vaginal discharge that is yellowish or greenish in color, looks like cottage cheese or has an unpleasant smell may indicate an infection, especially if accompanied by […]

Osteoporosis (Brittle Bone Disease)

Definition Osteoporosis (OP) is a medical condition where the density of the bones reduces progressively, making it brittle and prone to fracture. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being deposited and resorbed. When the resportion of bone is not balanced with its deposition, the bone start losing its density and become thin. A […]

Breast is Best – The Health Benefits of Breast Milk for Babies

While the babies got enough nutritional value and filled up on formula, they were missing out on some critical natural nutrients that only a mother’s milk could provide. The health benefits that breast milk can give to a baby are countless and research scientists still don’t know all that it does for babies. What they […]

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Definition Urinary tract infection is a medical condition characterized by infection of the urinary tract including the kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra. Symptoms of urinary tract infection depend upon the site of infection. Infections in the lower urinary tract infection leads to symptoms like difficulty in urination with passage of blood whereas spread of infection […]

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

Definition Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to attain or maintain penile erection during sexual intercourse. It is also commonly known as impotence. Erectile dysfunction could be primary or secondary. In primary ED, the affected person has never been able to attain or maintain an erection. In secondary ED, the affected person was previously able […]

Polio

Definition Polio, short for poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious viral infection that affects nerves and may cause paralysis and respiratory distress. Although most of the polio cases do not present with any sign or symptoms, in severe cases the virus affects nerves and muscles, leading to paralysis and even death. While the milder forms get […]

Pregnancy Facial Pigmentation (Light to Dark Brown Patches)

There are many skin conditions that either start during pregnancy or is exacerbated in the pregnant state. The more common conditions include acne, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and eczema. Facial hyperpigmentation that is not associated with itching or other changes of the skin and arises more often with pregnancy is known as melasma (previously […]

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

Definition Heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction) is defined as the irreversible damage or death of some of the heart muscle caused by insufficient blood supply to the heart. A heart attack could further lead to cardiogenic shock, a condition in which the heart is damaged so much that it can no longer supply […]

Heart Attacks (MI) in Women

Heart attacks are one of the main causes of death both in developed and developing nations. It is due to a host of predisposing factors that eventually leads to death of the heart muscle. It is now recognized that postmenopausal women are a high risk group and it is therefore important to understand the signs […]

Infertility and Sterility in Men and Women

What is Infertility? Infertility may be defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after one year (six months if the woman’s age is more than 35) of regular sexual intercourse, without the use of contraceptives. While the cause may lie in either partner, in some cases no definite cause for infertility can be […]

Smallpox

Definition Smallpox is a highly contagious disease which can cause severe symptoms along with disfiguring scars on the skin. The disease was common before the advent of the vaccine but has been eradicated. This is a result of an extensive immunization program throughout the world. Smallpox is a self limiting viral disease though it can […]

Sudden and Unexplained Periods – Causes and Warning Signs

On average, women have a period every 28 days – this is known as the menstrual cycle. Sometimes it is shorter cycle, as short as 22 days, while at other times it is longer, up to 32 days. Even in this case it is considered to norm as long as the cycle is stable, a […]

First Trimester Screening

About the Screening First trimester screening is a prenatal screening test that provides vital information regarding the risk of  fetal chromosomal defects like Down syndrome. An ultrasound is done to measure the size of the gap at the back of the neck of the baby (nuchal translucency) and blood test done to measure two pregnancy […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis (Autoimmune Joint Inflammation)

Definition Rheumatoid arthritis refers to the chronic, autoimmune disease that primarily involves the joints. Inflammation of joints is the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis. In people suffering from this disorder, immune system works abnormally and attacks the tissues of joints called synovium. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of synovial joints and causes pain and swelling in […]

Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones)

Definition Kidney stone (nephrolithiasis) is characterized by flank pain and passage of red to brown urine due to the presence of hard crystallized deposits (stones) in the kidney. A number of factors contributes to the formation of kidney stones like high levels of calcium in the urine, intake of certain drugs and some underlying medical […]

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