Lupus Diagnosis and Lupus Treatment

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Our immune system helps to fight off bacteria, viruses and other antigens by producing antibodies. But in a person having lupus, your immune system is unable to differentiate between your body's healthy tissues and foreign invaders. It produces auto-antibodies that damages and destroys your own tissues and organs. The symptoms may vary depending upon the area affected and many times resemble the symptoms of other conditions. Hence lupus diagnosis is complex and very challenging. How to Diagnose...

Early Signs of Lupus and Lupus Symptoms

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A wide range of lupus symptoms may occur as the disease can affect different organs of your body.  Symptoms of lupus varies from individual to individual. Some may have few mild symptoms while others may have many severe symptoms. Early signs of Lupus Lupus symptoms may start in early adulthood, from the teens till the 30s. People with lupus usually have at times flare-ups of symptoms immediately followed by periods of remission just like some of the autoimmune diseases. This is the reason ear...

Understanding Lupus Causes

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease in the sense that your immune system attacks different parts of your body instead of attacking antigens like bacteria, virus etc..  Lupus causes in most cases in not known. However it occurs as a result of combination of different factors, both inside and outside the body. The factors which may cause lupus include hormones, environmental and genetic factors. Lupus Causes Hormones Hormones are the body's chemical messengers that regulate many of body's functions....

What is Lupus & How common is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease. It is an autoimmune disease in which your body's immune system can attack your own tissues and organs. What is Lupus? Normally, your body produces antibodies which are proteins as a means of protection from bacteria, viruses and other antigens. But in a person suffering from this condition, the immune system is unable to differentiate between the antigens and tissues & cells in the body. As a result, the immune system creates auto antibodies which a...

Basic Understanding of Thyroid Problems

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The thyroid gland has an influence on all the metabolic processes in your body by means of the hormones it produces. Thyroid problems can vary from a small enlarged gland that requires no treatment to life threatening cancer. Abnormal production of thyroid hormones is one of the most common thyroid problems. Over production of thyroid hormone leads to a condition called as hyperthyroidism. On the other hand, less than normal production of the thyroid hormone results in hypothyroidism. Even th...

Colon Cancer – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

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Colon is the lowest part of the digestive system. It is the another name for large intestine. The colon helps to absorb water and salts from the stools which then passes through the rectum and finally exits through anus. Colon cancer is the malignant growth in the cells of the large intestine. This cancer usually develops from adenomatous polyps. These are small non-cancerous tumors that form on the walls of the large intestine. Early diagnosis and removal of polyps through colonoscopy preven...

Causes of High Blood Pressure

Heart pumps blood into arteries which supplies it to the whole of our body. Blood pressure is the measure of force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels or arteries. High blood pressure means the walls of the blood vessels are receiving too much pressure repeatedly. Also known as hypertension. A  BP reading has a top number indicating systolic pressure and a bottom number indicating diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the blood pressure when the heart contracts. A diastolic press...

Cervical Cancer – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix which is a part of the women reproductive system. It is the lower part of the uterus that leads to vagina. The cancer of the cervix is due to abnormal growth of the cells which are invasive. A simple pap test can help in the detection of the cancer. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Causes and Risk factors of Cervical Cancer Severe abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix is known to cause cervic...

Diabetes – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Diabetes can be described as a group of metabolic diseases. It is a condition in which a person has high blood glucose levels for prolonged periods. Doctors often refer to it as "Diabetes Mellitus". The high blood sugar levels are due to inadequate insulin production in the body. Or it  could be due to the inability of the body cell's response to the insulin produced. Diabetes is a chronic disease. If left untreated, then it can lead to serious complications. Patients with this condition ofte...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD

COPD is nothing but Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a single term used to describe many ailments including chronic bronchitis and emphysema which are progressive lung disorders. It is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Main symptoms include shortage of breath and coughing that produces large amounts of mucous. Symptoms of COPD A person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may not notice the symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms become visible only in the developed ...