Varicose Eczema

Introduction Varicose eczema is a type of eczema that affects the legs. Like all types of eczema, the skin becomes red, flaky, scaly and itchy. Varicose eczema is also known as venous eczema or gravitational eczema. Varicose eczema usually develops in the skin over and around varicose veins. It is usually a minor annoyance and leads to no major problems. Eczema Eczema is the name for a group of skin conditions that cause dry,...

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Breast cancer (female)

Introduction Breast cancer is the most common cancer.  Most are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases, men, can also get breast cancer. A woman’s breasts are made up of fat, connective tissue and thousands of tiny glands, known as lobules, which produce milk. If a woman has a baby, the milk is delivered to the nipple through tiny tubes called ducts, which allow her to breastfeed. Our bodies are made up of billions of...

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Cardiovascular Disease

Introduction Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the  biggest killer, around one in five men and one in seven women die from the disease.  CHD affects more men than women, and your chances of getting it increase as you get older. About the heart The heart is a muscle that is about the size of your fist. It pumps blood around your body and beats approximately 70 times a minute. After the blood leaves the right side of the heart, it goes to...

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Tendon Repair

  Introduction Tendon repair of the hand is surgery to repair damaged or divided tendons. Most  tendon damage is caused by cuts to the hands from glass or knives. What are tendons? Tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When you contract (tighten) a group of muscles, the attached tendons will pull on certain bones, allowing you to make a wide range of physical movements. There are two groups of tendons...

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Urinary Tract Infection

Introduction A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that occurs in the urinary tract (any part of the body used to make and get rid of urine). Symptoms of a UTI in babies and infants include: Vomiting High temperature of or above 38°C (100.4°F) Irritability Appearing lazy and sluggish (lethargic) Symptoms of a UTI in older children include: frequent passing of urine complaining of pain or a burning sensation when...

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