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Polio

Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an acute viral infectious disease spread from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route.   Although approximately 90% of polio infections cause no visible symptoms, it has been shown by autopsy that more than 50% of motor neurons must be damaged before there is ...

PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (known as PMS) involves a variety of physical, mental, and behavioral symptoms tied to a woman’s menstrual cycle. By definition, symptoms occur during the days before a woman's period starts.   They usually go away after the first day or two of flow.   PMS is a complex health concern. Up to ...

Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a glandular organ present only in males. Only men develop prostate cancer.   The prostate is normally about 3 cm long (slightly more than 1 inch) and lies at the neck of the bladder and in front of the rectum.   The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is a tubular structure that carries sperm and urine ...

Prostatitis

The prostate gland is a part of a man's reproductive system, secreting fluids that help transport sperm. The gland lies just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra-the tube that drains the bladder.   Infection that irritates the prostate can inflame the gland, causing swelling. Prostate infections or prostatitis occurs most ...

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin disorder. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis and is characterized by red skin covered with silvery scales andinflammation. Patches of circular to oval shaped red plaques that itch or burn are typical of plaquepsoriasis. The patches are usually found on the arms, legs, trunk, or scalp but ...

Rabies

Rabies is a disease humans may get from being bitten by an animal infected with the rabies virus. Rabies has been recognized for over 4,000 years. Yet, despite great advances in diagnosing and preventing it, today rabies is almost always deadly in humans who contract it and do not receive treatment.   Rabies can be totally prevented. ...

RLS

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that affects movements of the legs. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.    People with RLS have strange sensations in their legs (and sometimes arms) and an irresistible urge to move their legs to relieve ...

Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever (acute rheumatic fever or ARF) is an autoimmune disease that may occur after a group A streptococcal throat infection that causes inflammatory lesions in connective tissue, especially that of the heart, joints, blood vessels, and subcutaneous tissue. The disease has been described since the 1500s, but the association between a ...

Ringworm

Ringworm (or tinea corporis) is a common fungal infection resulting from dermatophytes, which are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of skin. The fungus that causes the ring-shaped rash remains outside of your body at all times.   There is no actual worm involved. Ringworm can affect anyone at anytime.The ...

Rosacea

Rosacea (commonly referred to as adult acne) is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the central face of adults (it is rare in children) and manifested by redness of the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, nose, and chin.   Rosacea is often accompanied by inflammatory papules (raised bumps) and pustules (bumps containing pus), or rarely ...

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