By: Karen Struss
When the body contracts a viral infection, a healthy immune system will seek to destroy the virus, thereby eliminating the illness. However, sometimes the immune system’s response to the virus may cause joint inflammation. In very rare cases this inflammation can cause permanent damage...
Vascular damage caused by hypertension
By: Sarah Heller
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure that does not respond to treatment. Hypertension can cause moderate and severe vascular damage. In order to understand this damage, however, it is first necessary to understand what healthy arteries and veins look like. In general...
By: Sarah Heller
Resistant hypertension is high blood pressure that does not respond to treatment. Specifically, this condition is defined as blood pressure that remains elevated above a specified treatment goal despite administration of a drug regimen consisting of three different drugs. Because some cases of high blood...
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
Hypertension (HTN), commonly known as high blood pressure, induces pathological changes throughout the cardiovascular system, particularly in the body's arteries. One reason that arteries suffer a disproportionate amount of damage stems from the basic anatomy of the human circulatory system. The left ventricle of the...
Vascular damage caused by hypertension
By: Effie Moore Salem
Normally, blood surges through vessels at a pace non damaging to the vascular system; high blood pressure is not normal as it rushes through at an increased pace. The pressure damages the cells of the interior lining of the blood vessels.They gradually lose their...
By: Amelia Emery
Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome, is a very rare genetic disorder that causes premature aging and the hardening of the arteries in children. This disorder was first described in 1886 by Dr. Jonathan Hutchinson in England and then in 1897 by Dr. Hastings...
By: Lilith Eden
Recently, the medical community successfully determined the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Published August 22, 2011, WebMD’s article “Common Cause of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Found” revealed that this fatal disease results from the body’s incapacity...
An overview of eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV)
By: Paula S. Thompson
Each year, more than two million people die from mosquito-borne diseases worldwide, diseases like malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. In the United States, there aren’t nearly as many people afflicted with mosquito-borne illnesses as there are in places like Africa and South and...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Encephalitis is the inflammation taking place in the brain and is often due to a viral infection. The condition is considered a serious illness although with early treatment and proper management, many do not develop long-term or residual effects following the disease. In fact, many...
The lessons learned about resistant bacteria since penicillin was discovered
By: Effie Moore Salem
Penicillin, the wonder drug first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 when he was doing a few housekeeping chores—a petri dish was growing some funny looking stuff that caught his attention—is still an important drug but it has created its own problems. Because...

 

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