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Thalassemia Major: Available Treatment Options

What is Thalassemia? Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein present inside the red blood cells that normally transports oxygen in the blood and delivers it to all the organs in the body. Thalassemia is a genetic defect involving this hemoglobin protein. The inherited defect in the hemoglobin interferes with its oxygen-carrying capacity, thereby depriving all the […]

Do You Know What Causes Peptic Ulcer Disease?

Peptic Ulcer Disease refers to the formation of ulcers that is holes or breaks in the esophagus, stomach, and intestine. Normally the innermost lining of the esophagus, stomach and intestines is formed by mucosa that acts as a barrier to protect these parts from the acid-mediated damage. However, in the case of Peptic Ulcer Disease, there is […]

Myasthenia Gravis – Cause, Symptoms and Complications

Myasthenia gravis is an immune-mediated disorder characterized by muscle weakness. It can involve any group of muscles in the body and occurs due to disruption of the communication between nerves and muscle fibers. It is also known as Goldflam disease. How Myasthenia Gravis Is Caused? The voluntary muscles in our body help us perform different […]

Hematuria: Common Causes of Blood in Urine

Hematuria is a medical term used to define the presence of blood in your urine. Most of the time the source of blood in urine comes from is non-serious and benign; however, it is always important to evaluate the exact cause as it can occur secondary to a number of serious disorders as well. Hematuria […]

Thyroid Hormones – Understanding Graves Disease Complications

Graves disease is an auto-immune disease characterized by the overproduction of thyroid hormones. There are many other diseases involving thyroid gland as well as some rare conditions that don’t actually involve thyroid gland itself but still can cause excessive production of thyroid hormones however Graves disease is by far the regarded as the most common […]

Rotavirus Vaccine: A Way to Prevent Rotavirus Gastroenteritis

Rotavirus is found to be the leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children. Statistically speaking more than 500,000 annual deaths in kids less than 5 years of age are attributed to Rotavirus Gastroenteritis.  It is also referred to as a democratic virus as it can equally cause acute gastroenteritis in kids from the […]

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: How Bad It Can Get

Prostate gland enlargement is a problem commonly faced by elderly males. It is found to cause profoundly troublesome symptoms related to urination however the important point to understand here is that benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a completely separate entity and it never progresses to prostate cancer. The epidemiologic data collected suggest that the risk of […]

Testosterone Production and Its Function During Fetal and Adult Life

Testosterone is a hormone responsible for all the distinguishing characteristics attributed to a male body. It is mainly produced by the testis. In addition, adrenal glands, one located above each kidney as well as ovaries in females produce small quantities of testosterone.  Chemically testosterone is derived from cholesterol. Testosterone Production at Different Points in Life […]

Emergency Contraception: Plan B, Ella and IUDs

Emergency contraception is provided in many different forms such as hormonal pills, Ella, specialized intrauterine devices. As the name indicates it is aimed to provide birth control in emergency situations such as After unprotected sexual intercourse that may be done with the agreement of the woman or at times secondary to rape. Secondary to the […]