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Mad Cow Disease

Mad cow disease or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease found in cattle that leads to a spongy degeneration of the brain and spinal chord. The incubation period is considerably long and affects adult cattle. All breeds are vulnerable to getting the disease. As the disease progresses, the animal is likely to behave in an odd manner including having an inability to stand because of irreversible brain degeneration. The disease appeared fairly recently and has...

Cold Sore Remedy

Facts about Cold Sores The following list includes some basic facts about cold sores. Cold sores are also referred to as fever blisters. They are red, painful blisters that are filled with fluid and usually appear around the lips, chin or cheeks and in the mouth. They could also appear in the genital area. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which invades the cells of the outer skin layer. Cold sores are contagious (passed through close personal contact) and will cause the affected...

Sickle Cell Disease

Definition Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. This disease is found in people that have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, which is an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Normal blood cells are shaped like a donut taking a circular-shape and this is considered normal, where as a sickle-shaped red blood cell takes on a crescent shape and this proves difficult for this type of abnormal blood cell to pass the small blood vessels. When this happens the sickle...

Toe Pain

Despite its relatively small size, the toe is a very sensitive part of the human body. Once it is injured or harmed, people can easily feel insurmountable amount of pain. Common causes include Morton’s neuroma or Morton’s syndrome, bunions and turf toe syndrome. These factors can cause severe pain and dull feeling to the left, right, lower and upper portions of the toe. Be relieved from the pain and discomfort caused by these problems by knowing the possible treatments, causes as well as symptoms...

Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades

Pain in this particular body part can be due to any number of ailments. Some can be serious while other causes are quite ordinary. Causes of Pain between Shoulder Blades Oftentimes the cause is mundane. Typing for several hours might result in throbbing pain. If you work on the computer nonstop, the pain might become chronic. A more serious cause is a gallbladder attack. Most of the time discomfort here begins in the abdomen but it can go up to the shoulders. Arthritis is another potential culprit....

Left Arm Pain

Just like all the other parts of the human body, it is advisable to pay good attention to left arm pain, which may mean a more serious medical condition. Based on research, this type of shooting pain is closely connected to various kinds of heart conditions such as cardiac arrest and heart attack. However, it can also mean less serious illnesses like tendinitis, post-herpetic neuralgia and intersection syndrome. Because of such uncertainty, it is much better for people to know the different symptoms,...

Growing Pains

Growing pains are aching symptoms that are commonly felt by children. The pains are usually felt in the muscles and are experienced at night or late afternoon. The severity of the pains can range from acute to chronic. The conditions can be recurrent and can be absent from several days to months. These may not be associated with serious illnesses but the symptoms can be disturbing and it can affect the life of children so parents are advised to seek medical help from pediatricians. To learn more...

What Causes Lyme Disease?

According to the Bailliere’s Nurses Dictionary, Lyme is a disease of animals that is transmitted to humans. They refer to this transmission as a zoonosis. Common zoonosis diseases include anthrax, cat-scratch fever, and of course Lyme. Lyme disease got its origin when it broke out in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. This disease is associated with high fever, headaches, fatigue, and skin rashes known as erythema chronicum migrans (otherwise called bull’s eye due to its appearance). If it is left untreated...