The ONTARGET study of heart disease treatment
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The renin-angiotensin system's involvement in cardiovascular regulation makes it a key target for drugs fighting heart disease. The ONTARGET (ONgoing Telmisartan Alone in combination with Ramipril Gobal Endpoint Trial) study findings were published in the April 10, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of...
By: Erich Rosenberger M.D.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of diseases and disorders that are associated with the endocrine system in the human body. Of course, that begs the question of what exactly the endocrine system is, and what diseases are associated with it...
By: Tarek Musslimani
Hemolytic anemia is a type of anemia that is characterized by progressive destruction of red blood cells or erythrocytes. The cause to this destruction can be either genetic or acquired. Three genetic diseases that cause hemolytic anemia will be discussed here. These are: sickle cell...
By: Tarek Musslimani
In this article, I will discuss an important disorder of the antidiuretic hormone which is an important hormone for the regulation of water balance in the body as will be discussed later. This hormone has two clinical syndromes that are both involved in the control...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Porphyrin is the precursor substance for heme which is one of the main ingredients of hemoglobin in red blood cells. The hemoglobin will facilitate the transportation of oxygen to the tissues and in its absence the body systems may collapse. In the case of porphyria...
HIV
By: Devon Mongeon - 572782
When speaking about HIV, or indeed any virus, it's first necessary to establish that virus cultures are not living organisms. They are simply protein-coated strands of genetic information with no characteristics of life whatsoever; merely infecting cells and replicating their genetic information through the cell...
By: Tarek Musslimani
Leprosy is an infectious disease of the skin that is usually prevalent in tropical regions but is found also in other regions such as in the southern parts of america and in Hawaii. It is caused by the bacterium mycobacteria leprae which is an acid...
By: John Atchison
After little time to recover from recent problems with Swine flu, word come now of another potential deadly killer call Cryptococcus Gattii. It was seen most recently in the Northwest United States and is something of great concern to many because it appears to be...
Cryptococcus gattii: Deadly strain of fungus spreading in the US
By: Terrence Aym
An airborne killer fungus that often spreads rapidly has jumped the border from Canada into Oregon. Known scientifically as Cryptococcus gattii, the fungus is normally found in the tropics.Shocked experts found the fungus growing in the Pacific Northwest the worst possible way: it killed...
How viruses and bacteria cause infection
By: Tami Port MS
Both bacteria and viruses can cause disease. However, these two types of infectious agents achieve their pathogenicity in different ways. Infection itself simply means that a pathogen has entered the body, but does not necessarily equate with disease, since a person can be infected by...

 

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