The ovaries are two bilateral organs, each about the size and shape of an almond, located on each side of the uterus. Eggs (ova) grow and mature in the ovaries and are released in monthly cycles throughout the childbearing years of a woman. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled pockets or sacs within or on the surface of an ovary. At some time throughout their lives, many women have ovarian cysts. In most cases of ovarian cysts, they are harmless ... more
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower portion of the digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they’re usually referred to as colorectal cancers. In most cases, colon cancer starts as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells known as adenomatous polyps. Some of these polyps become colon cancers with time.
Polyps might be small and produce few or no ... more
In Guillain-Barre syndrome the body's immune system attacks the nerves. This is an uncommon disorder, the first symptoms of which is weakness and numbness in the extremities. These are sensations that could spread quickly and end up paralyzing the whole body.
In most cases, Guillain-Barre syndrome follows an infectious illness, including the stomach flu and a respiratory infection. However, the exact cause of this syndrome ... more
Gnarled and enlarged veins are called varicose veins. Although the veins of the legs and feet are the most commonly affected ones because the pressure in the veins of the lower body is increased by walking and standing upright, but any vein could become varicose. While for several people varicose veins and spider veins, which is a common mild variation of varicose veins, are simply a cosmetic concern; but for others, aching pain and ... more
Acanthosis nigricans is a condition in which the skin becomes dark, thick and velvety in the creased and folded parts of the body such as the armpits, groin and neck.
Acanthosis nigricans doesn't have a specific treatment. This may cause a person with this condition to become concerned about the appearance of their skin, however, some options are available in order to help lighten the affected areas of the skin.
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The chronic eye disease that is marked by the deterioration of tissue in the part of the eye that's responsible for central vision is age-related macular degeneration. Blurred central vision or a blind spot may be caused in the center of the visual field because the macula gradually deteriorates in this condition. Adults age 50 and older may be affected by macular degeneration.
When new blood vessels grow and leak fluid ... more