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Swelling in rheumatoid arthritis and where it occurs

Swelling in rheumatoid arthritis and where it occurs

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints. These symptoms tend to affect the hands and feet and can weaken and restrict these parts of the body. Fortunately, both at-home and medical treatments are available to help reduce swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this article, we take […]

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What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

A hookah is a water pipe that allows a person to smoke tobacco, often combining it with sweet flavors, such as apple, chocolate, coconut, licorice, or watermelon. People have used hookahs for centuries in ancient Persia and India. Today, people often smoke a hookah as a group, at home or in cafes or lounges. Other […]

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Autoimmune arthritis: Types, symptoms, and treatment

Autoimmune arthritis: Types, symptoms, and treatment

Autoimmune arthritis is the name given to a group of arthritis types where a person’s immune system attacks itself. The most common example is rheumatoid arthritis. When the immune system attacks itself, the result is inflammation in a joint that can cause pain, stiffness, and mobility problems. There are over 100 types of arthritis, and […]

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Malaria

Malaria

Malaria facts More than 215 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide in 2016. The World Health Organization estimates that 445,000 people died of malaria in 2016; the vast majority are young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Although this is a significant decrease in deaths since 2000 due to increased prevention and control measures, there has been […]

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Ovarian cancer: Scientists find a way to launch dual attack

Ovarian cancer: Scientists find a way to launch dual attack

Hitting two targets on the cancer cell could greatly increase the power of antibody therapy to kill ovarian cancer. A new two-pronged approach could kill ovarian cancer (depicted here). Antibody therapy is a type of immune therapy, or immunotherapy, that uses enhanced antibodies to identify disease targets and then kill them or summon immune cells […]

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Cardiovascular disease: Study finds best drugs for prevention

Cardiovascular disease: Study finds best drugs for prevention

A large cohort study has identified which treatment combinations work best for people with high blood pressure who are at risk of heart disease. Taking both blood pressure drugs and statins might be the best choice, the researchers find. Which treatments work best for preventing cardiovascular events? Researchers from the William Harvey Research Institute at […]

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What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?

Itchy nipples are a common complaint, especially in the initial weeks of breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples and breasts while breastfeeding, including thrush, a bad latch, contact dermatitis, and the let-down reflex. We also cover how to get relief at home and when to see a doctor.

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Rheumatoid arthritis and back pain

Rheumatoid arthritis and back pain

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation and pain in the joints, including the spine and hips. This can cause back pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause inflammation in any joint. For some people, RA affects the joints in the spine, causing stiffness and pain. RA may also be related to sciatica. There are some […]

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How do you treat neck pain in children?

How do you treat neck pain in children?

While minor bumps and bruises are common during childhood, experiencing neck pain as a child can be startling. A range of things can cause neck pain in children, and it is vital to identify the cause to determine the best course of treatment. Neck pain is often temporary and clears within 1 or 2 days […]

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Cancer update: Research from August 2018

Cancer update: Research from August 2018

Cancer never rests — and neither do those who have devoted their lives to finding new ways to battle this deadly disease. In this Spotlight, we look at some of the most promising cancer studies from the past month. Researchers continue to attack cancer from all sides. Many of the most promising investigations into novel […]