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Posts Tagged ‘inflammation’

May
09

          Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a serious disorder that occurs when the body’s defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.  This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness.  It is the most frequent acquired (as opposed to inherited) neuropathy.  Nobody knows why or how GBS infects certain individuals and not others.  Its cause is unknown, but it is triggered by a viral or bacterial infection in most patients that somehow causes an autoimmune reaction, i.e. your own Read more…

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Mar
16

          Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body.  It often begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch.  Then bacteria invade and spread, causing inflammation, pain, swelling, warmth Read more…

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Feb
17

              

            Rosacea, also referred to as acne rosacea, is a mysterious and chronic disorder of the skin.  The condition involves inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and/or eyelids. It may appear as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, swelling or skin eruptions similar to acne.  The cause of the disease is unknown, but you are more likely to develop rosacea if you are Read more…

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Feb
15

          Bursitis and tendonitis are two of the most common orthopaedic diagnoses, and they are often used interchangeably.  However, they are somewhat different in the fact that a tendon is a structure that connects a muscle to a bone, whereas a bursa is a slippery structure that exists in places where tendons pass over bones.  These spots are points of potential friction if the tendons were to rub against the bone.  The body creates a bursa Read more…

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Feb
01

           Most knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis (OA).  In fact, OA of the knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among elderly men and women.  The risk for disability of the knee is as great as that from cardiovascular disease.  I use to work for orthopaedic surgeons and I’m quite familiar with this common disease.  Osteoarthritis is actually wear-and-tear arthritis that is Read more…

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