To describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment, cancer survivors use the common term "chemo brain", which may be called cognitive dysfunction, cognitive changes or chemo fog as well.
The term chemo brain is misleading, despite the fact that it is a widely used term. Whether or not memory and concentration problems in cancer survivors are caused by chemotherapy is not understood yet. Doctors are ... more
Kissing disease is what we often call infectious mononucleosis (mono). People can get the virus that causes mono through kissing, as this virus is transmitted through saliva, however a person can be exposed to this virus by sharing a glass or food utensil with someone who has mono, or through a sneeze or cough.
Young adults and adolescents are most likely to get mononucleosis with all its signs and symptoms. The infection often goes ... more
When a person feels stiffness and pain in their shoulder joint, it means that they have a condition called frozen shoulder, which is also known as adhesive capsulitis. The signs and symptoms of this condition begin gradually and worsen over time, then heal. This process usually takes two years.
In case someone has had their arm in a sling for several weeks, or if they've had surgery in which their arm was immobilized for a ... more
Located on each side of the vaginal opening are the Bartholin’s glands, which secrete fluid that helps lubricate the vagina. In some cases, fluid backs up into the gland due to the obstruction of the openings of these glands, which causes a relatively painless swelling called a Bartholin cyst. In other cases, when the fluid is infected, a small area of puss is created, surrounded by inflamed tissue (abscess).
Depending on the pain, ... more
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and death.
Stephen Hawking, the famous English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is severely disabled by this condition. Hawking is markedly different from typical ALS in that his form of ALS would make for the protracted case ever documented.
ALS occurs in 1 to 3 people ... more
The gradual loss of the kidneys' filtering ability, which is usually due to diabetes or high blood pressure, is called chronic kidney failure. Dangerous levels of fluid and waste can quickly accumulate in the body in case kidney function is seriously impaired.
A person may experience only a few signs and symptoms in the early stages of chronic kidney failure. Until the kidney function of people with chronic kidney failure ... more