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Allergies – what to do next?

Allergies – what to do next?

When people are confronted with the expression “allergy” they are often confused as to what it actually means. Allergy is a blanket term that includes a large variety of diseases with largely differing manifestation and, of course, requiring different therapeutic measures. Depending on what type of allergy a person suffers from, the attending physician ...

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Carnitine Deficiency – a disease that should be taken seriously

Carnitine Deficiency – a disease that should be taken seriously

Carnitine, also referred to as levocarnitine is a natural substance that has an essential function in the human body, particularly for cell metabolism. Being a transport molecule for fatty acids, carnitine can metaphorically be compared with a waiter in a restaurant delivering 'food' into the cells and removing 'residues’ from the cells. Carnitine is present in the heart and in the muscles in high concentration, and also in the

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What is ulcerative colitis?

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine or colon
The inflammation of the large intestine is limited to the mucous membrane at the surface of the colon and rectum, i.e. the two last portions of the digestive system.
This represents the main difference of ulcerative colitis to another IBD, Crohn’s disease that ...

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Mental degradation – what is normal?

Mental degradation – what is normal?

The phase of life that is referred to as "old age" becomes longer and longer - due to medical progress and also for reasons of social change. Ageing involves, among other factors, reduction of muscular power, faster defatigation and elongated recovery periods after an infection.
However, this is not a disease but ...

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Malaria – what is that?

Malaria – what is that?

Malaria (from Latin mala aria or mal'aria (“bad air”), which especially rises from the swamps) is also called swamp fever or tertian feverMalaria is caused by parasites which are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is one of the most widespread infectious diseases of humans, which mainly occurs in the tropics and subtropics…

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Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s disease. What is next?

Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s disease. What is next?

Hodgkin’s disease is a malignant cancerous disease of the lymphatic system.
Being confronted with such a diagnosis, people understandably enough experience very strong feelings, such as fear, panic, rage, sadness or helplessness and resignation. It is important to accept and express these changing feelings in order to ...

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A child with West’s syndrome – what to do next?

A child with West’s syndrome – what to do next?

If a child suffers from a serious disease, this is particularly difficult to bear. Despite worries and insecurity, a decision needs to be taken about the optimum treatment for the child. For this purpose, it is very important and helpful to get easy to understand information about the symptoms and the disease pattern, to have a medic you trust and to get help and support from your family and friends.

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