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Strokes
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Strokes

Stroke Similar to a heart attack, a stroke is a blockage in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. This is a major illness, needing extra precaution. It can happen to anyone at any point of time. The degree of damage depends upon the area and the extent of damage. For example, someone who...

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disease characterized by degeneration of motor neurons, resulting in progressive muscular atrophy (wasting away) and weakness. The clinical spectrum ranges from early infant death to normal adult life with only mild weakness. These patients often require comprehensive medical care involving multiple disciplines, including pediatric...

Spinal Cord Injury
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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the human spinal cord into three different segments of the neural tissue leading to a severe form of motor and sensory loss. The kind of damage can be differentiated as: Death of neurons within the spinal cord. Disruption of neuronal pathways due to damaged cells....

Skin Burns
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Skin Burns

Skin Burns Burn injury is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in many countries. It leads to a loss of integrity of the skin, which protects us from water loss, temperature change, radiation, trauma and infection. The main source of stem cells that might be used for repair and regeneration of injured skin tissue...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis, is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis, affecting more than 1.3 million Americans. Of these, about 75 percent are women. In fact, 1 to 3 percent of women may get rheumatoid arthritis in their lifetime. The disease most often begins between the fourth and sixth decades of life. However,...

Retinal Transplant
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Retinal Transplant

Retinal Transplant The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a layer of pigmented cells sandwiched between the visual retinal cells, called photoreceptors, and the nourishing blood vessels at the back of the eye. The RPE provides essential support to the retinal photoreceptors and is critical for normal vision. Deterioration of the RPE plays a central role...

Parkinson’s
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Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive movement disorder associated with the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. The disease generally comes under a group of conditions known as motor system disorders. The disease is expressed due to the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. How Prevalent is Parkinson’s Disease? The CDC, Centers for...

Muscular Dystrophy
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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy is a disease with inborn genetic manipulation which damages and weakens muscular structure and strength over a period of time. It’s been observed that people with MD have missing or incorrect information passed by their genes during the production of an important protein known as dystrophin. This protein is...

Osteoarthritis
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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) is the progressive degenerative joint disease primarily affecting soft connective tissue known as the cartilage. It is mostly known to be the disease of middle aged or elderly people. Although it can damage or affect any part of the body, the joints of the hands, knees, hips and spine are commonly affected....

Lupus
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Lupus

Lupus Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of...