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Gift boosts efforts to understand and combat rare cancers

Curing cancer has been the dream of countless doctors and researchers over the decades. Yet some types of cancer, whether because they affect relatively few people or lack influential advocates, receive less attention and funding than others. Cells from a rare cancer known as blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm, shown in purple and blue, appear […]

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AI Crushes Expert Reader at ECG Recognition of Long-QT Syndrome

Perhaps 40% of persons with genetically confirmed long-QT syndrome (LQTS) do not show the telltale electrocardiographic (ECG) feature, a prolonged heart-rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval, when their 12-lead ECGs are read by experienced readers. That indicates plenty of room for improvement in the early identification of LQTS, which can predispose patients to sudden cardiac death (SCD). […]

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Causes of liver disease

The liver functions by clearing the body of drugs toxins and poisons and metabolizing nutrients for use. When the liver is damaged in the short or long term due to infection or other causes there may be liver disease. Classification of liver disease based on causes To divide causes of liver disease based on the […]

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Diagnosis of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders have multiple subtypes each of which is characterized by unnecessary worry that can be distressing to the patient. How is diagnosis of Anxiety made? Diagnosis is made using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (Text Revision) also called DSM-IV-TR. The manual lays down criteria for diagnosis of each of the […]

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Harlequin Ichthyosis Congenital Skin Condition

Harlequin ichthyosis is a rare, congenital skin condition. It affects the skin over almost the whole body of an infant, and carries a high risk of neonatal death due to severe and life-threatening infection. The incidence of the condition is about one in every 500,000 people. Both males and females are affected equally. Genetics of […]

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What is Dissociative Amnesia?

Dissociative amnesia is a psychological disorder whereby an individual has a marked deficit in the ability to recall information, usually following a traumatic or stressful event. The development of the disorder is thought to be influenced by a combination of personality traits, genetics, adverse childhood experiences, and psychiatric comorbidities. Image Credit: Lightspring / Shutterstock What […]

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Genes and Depression

Depression is a common mental health condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) says depression affects about 300 million people worldwide. It’s the most common illness and the leading cause of disability across the globe. Depression affects how a person feels, think, and act. Patients with depression may have a hard time eating, sleeping, and working. […]