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Allergy

An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing.

Allergies are relatively common. Both genetics and environmental factors play a role.

The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. It also reacts to foreign substances called allergens, which are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.

But in a person with allergies, the immune response is oversensitive. When it recognizes an allergen, it releases chemicals such as histamines. which fight off the allergen.

Symptoms: 
Sneezing
Runny Nose
Itchy, Watery Eyes
Scratchy Throat
Difficulty Breathing
Wheezing
Cough
Hives
Rashes

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Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults. Alzheimer's disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

While scientists know Alzheimer's disease involves progressive brain cell failure, the reason cells fail isn't clear. Like other chronic conditions, experts believe that Alzheimer's develops as a complex result of multiple factors rather than any one overriding cause.

Both age and genetics have been identified as risk factors, but many questions still remain.

Symptoms:
Memory Loss
Dementia
Loss of speech or language
Loss of ability to read or write
Forger daily activities
Wheezing
Cough
Hives
Rashes

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, apprehension, fear, or worry.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are the most common anxiety disorders among older adults. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear to be the least common but there is little research on the prevalence of these illnesses in older populations. Anxiety disorders are less common among older adults than younger adults.

Anxiety disorders typically start in early life. However, anyone can develop an anxiety disorder at any time.

Symptoms: 
Fear
Worry
Problems Sleeping
Problems Socializing

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Arthritis

Arthritis literally means "inflammation of a joint". Certain factors have been shown to be associated with a greater risk of arthritis. Some of these risk factors are modifiable while others are not.

Among some of the non-modifiable risk factors are age, gender and genetic causes. For example 60% of all people with the condition are women.

Some of the possible modifiable risk factors are obesity, injuries to the joints, certain types of infections as well as occupational hazards.

Symptoms: 
Pain in Joints
Stiffness
Swelling in Joints
Joint Damage
Organ Damage

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Asthma

Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways..

Asthma can be caused by variety of triggers. Some trigger include but are not limited to allergens from dust, animal fur, cockroaches, mold, and pollens from trees, grasses, and flowers. Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemicals or dust in the workplace, compounds in home décor products, and sprays (such as hairspray); medicines such as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nonselective beta-blockers; sulfites in foods and drinks; viral upper respiratory infections, such as colds; physical activity, including exercise.

Symptoms:
Coughing
Wheezing
Chest Tightness
Shortness of Breath

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Autism

A mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships, and in using language and abstract concepts.

It has long been presumed that there is a common cause at the genetic, cognitive, and neural levels for autism's characteristic triad of symptoms. However, there is increasing suspicion that autism is instead a complex disorder whose core aspects have distinct causes that often co-occur.

Symptoms:
Unusual Social Development
Unusual Gestures
Diminished Responsiveness
Repetitive or Restricted Behavior

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Back Pain

Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. The pain can often be divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain.

Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Chronic back pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine

Symptoms:
Tingling or Burning Sensation
A Dull Achy Feeling or Sharp Pain
Weakness in Legs or Feet

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CFS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a significantly debilitating medical disorder or group of disorders generally defined by persistent fatigue accompanied by other specific symptoms for a minimum of six months, not due to ongoing exertion, not substantially relieved by rest, nor caused by other medical conditions.

The majority of CFS cases start suddenly, usually accompanied by a "flu-like illness" while a significant proportion of cases begin within several months of severe adverse stress. However, accurate prevalence and exact roles of infection and stress in the development of CFS are currently unknown.

Symptoms:
Unrefreshing Sleep
Muscle and Joint Pain
Sore Throat
Headaches
Cognitive Difficulties
Chronic Mental and Physical Exhaustion

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Depression

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity

Depression often runs in families. This may be due to genes (inherited), behaviors learnt at home, or both. Even if genes make one more likely to develop depression, a stressful or unhappy life event usually triggers the depression.

Many factors can cause depression, including: alcohol or drug abuse, medical conditions and treatments, long-term pain, sleeping problems, steroid medications, underactive thyroid, stressful life events, social isolation (common cause of depression in the elderly).

Symptoms:
Persistant sad or anxious
Irritability, reslessness
Fatigue
Insomnia
Overeating or appetite loss
Thoughts of suicide

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Diabetes

Group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.

Several factors can cause this condition. Genetic defects in insulin action, diseases of the pancreas injuries, Endocrinopathies, medications or several infections including congenital rubella, coxsackievirus B, cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, and mumps, and rare Immune-mediated Types of Diabetes Symptoms:
Increased thirst
Increased hunger
Fatigue
Increased urination
Weight loss
Blurred vision
Sores that do not heal

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia. meaning muscle and connective tissue pain is characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure.

Factors that can cause this condition are stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents, repetitive injuries, illness, certain diseases. Fibromyalgia can also occur on its own.

Some scientists think that a gene or genes might be involved in fibromyalgia. The genes could make a person react strongly to things that other people would not find painful.


Symptoms:
Trouble sleeping
Morning stiffness
Headaches
Problems with thinking and memory
Irritable bowel symptoms
Painful menstrual periods

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Flu

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity

Depression often runs in families. This may be due to genes (inherited), behaviors learnt at home, or both. Even if genes make one more likely to develop depression, a stressful or unhappy life event usually triggers the depression.

Many factors can cause depression, including: alcohol or drug abuse, medical conditions and treatments, long-term pain, sleeping problems, steroid medications, underactive thyroid, stressful life events, social isolation (common cause of depression in the elderly)


Symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Coughing and/or sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Headaches and/or body aches
Fatigue

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Heart Disease

Cardiopathy or heart disease is an umbrella term for a variety of diseases affecting the heart. It is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, insulin resistance, diabetes, overweight or obesity, metabolic syndrome, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, older age, family history of early heart disease.

In men, the risk for CHD increases after age 45.`In women, the risk for CHD increases after age 55. Risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with CHD before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with CHD before 65 years of age.

Symptoms:

Shortness of Breath
Angina or chest pain or discomfort that occurs if an area of your heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen-rich blood

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High Blood Pressure

Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure is a cardiac chronic medical condition in which the systemic arterial blood pressure is elevated.

Eating too much sodium can increase blood pressure. Not eating enough potassium (from fruits and vegetables) can also increase blood pressure. Being overweight can cause high blood pressure. Not getting enough exercise can make you gain weight, which can lead to high blood pressure. Alcohol Use: Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. Tobacco Use: Smoking raises your risk for high blood pressure. Blood pressure levels that are higher than normal put you at risk for developing high blood pressure.

Symptoms:
High blood pressure reading exceeding 80 over 120.

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High Cholesterol

Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is not a disease but a metabolic derangement that can be caused by many diseases, notably cardiovascular disease.

This condition happens due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Environmental factors include: obesity and dietary choices. Genetic contributions are usually due to the additive effects of multiple genes however occasionally may be due to a single gene defect. A number of secondary causes exist including: diabetes mellitus type 2, obesity, alcohol, dialysis, nephrotic syndrome, obstructive jaundice, hypothyroidism.

Symptoms: Lipid profile test results
Narrowing or blocked arteries
Chest Pain

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IBS

It is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause.

The cause of IBS is unknown, but several hypotheses have been proposed. The risk of developing IBS increases six fold after acute gastrointestinal infection. Post-infection, further risk factors are young age, prolonged fever, anxiety, and depression.

Researchers have reported that IBS may be caused by a bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract. Studies show that people who have had gastroenteritis sometimes develop IBS, otherwise called post-infectious IBS.

Symptoms: Abdominal pain or discomfort in association with recent diarrhea or constipation, a change in bowel habits.
Bloating or abdominal distention

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Infertility

Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. There are many biological causes of infertility, some which may be bypassed with medical intervention.

Genetic factors, diabetes, hormone issues, environmental factors, weight, age, tobacco or alcohol use, reproductive organ issues, side effects of medication or radiation, reasons specific to gender like ovulation in women or semen quality in men.

Symptoms: Unable to get pregnant for at least 12 consecutive months

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Kidney Disease

Nephropathy refers to damage to or disease of the kidney. An older term for this is nephrosis.

One cause of nephropathy is the long term usage of analgesics. Another cause is s due to decreased function of xanthine oxidase in the purine degradation pathway. Additional possible cause of nephropathy is due to the formation of cysts or pockets containing fluid within the kidneys.

Symptoms: Need to urinate more often or less often
Feel tired
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Swollen hands or feet
Feel itchy or numb
Have darkened skin
Have muscle cramps

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Lupus

Systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.

The cause of lupus is not known. Research suggests that genes play an important role, but genes alone do not determine who gets lupus. It is likely that many factors trigger the disease. Some triggers may be genetics, environmental triggers, drug reactions.

Symptoms: Pain or swelling in joints
Need to urinate more or less often
Muscle pain
Fever with no known cause
Red rashes
Chest pain when taking a deep breath
Hair loss

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Lyme's Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere.

Lyme disease is caused by Gram-negative, spirochetal bacteria from the genus Borrelia. At least 11 Borrelia species have been discovered, three of which are known to be Lyme-related.[The Borrelia species that cause Lyme disease are collectively known as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and show a great deal of genetic diversity].

Symptoms:


Rash which starts as a small red spot at the site of the tick bite
Arthritis
Nervous system problems
Heart problems

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Menopause

Menopause is the point at which menstruation ceases, and marks the end of a woman's fertility.The average age of menopause is 51, but for some women it happens in their 40s or later in their 50s. Sometimes called "the change of life," menopause is a normal part of life.

The transition from reproductive to non-reproductive is the result of a major reduction in female hormonal production by the ovaries. This transition is normally not sudden or abrupt, tends to occur over a period of years, and is a natural consequence of aging. However, for some women, the accompanying signs and effects that can occur during the menopause transition years can significantly disrupt their daily activities and their sense of well-being.

Symptoms: Irregular Periods
Hot Flashes
Trouble Sleeping
Vaginal and urinary problems
Mood Changes
Losing muscle, gaining fat
Feeling stiff or achy

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Migraine

Chronic neurological disorder characterized by moderate to severe headaches, and nausea. It is about three times more common in women than in men.

Lack of or too much sleep, skipped meals, bright lights, loud noises, or strong odors, hormone changes during the menstrual cycle, stress and anxiety, or relaxation after stress, weather changes, alcohol, caffeine, foods that contain nitrates, such as hot dogs and lunch meats, foods that contain, a flavor enhancer found in fast foods, broths, seasonings, and spices foods that contain tyramine, such as aged cheeses, soy products, fava beans, hard sausages, smoked fish, and Chianti wine, aspartame (NutraSweet® and Equal®)

Symptoms:
Throbbing or dull aching pain
Nausea or Vomiting
Blurred vision or blind spots
Being bothered by light, noise or odors

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Multiple Sclerosis

Inflammatory disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to demyelination and scarring as well as a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms.

It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your body attacks itself. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak or walk.

Symptoms:
Blurred or double vision
Muscle weakness in their extremities
Difficulty with coordination and balance
Partial or complete paralysis
Heart Problems

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis - "porous bones", is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture is deteriorating, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered.

The form of osteoporosis most common in women after menopause is referred to as primary type 1.. Primary type 2 osteoporosis or senile osteoporosis occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Finally, secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affects men and women equally. This form of osteoporosis results from chronic predisposing medical problems or disease, or prolonged use of medications

Having a family history of the disease can also increase one's risk

Symptoms: There are no symptoms of osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. That is why it is often called "silent"

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Obesity

Medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

At an individual level, a combination of excessive food energy intake and a lack of physical activity is thought to explain most cases of obesity.

A limited number of cases are due primarily to genetics, medical reasons, or psychiatric illness.[In contrast, increasing rates of obesity at a societal level are felt to be due to an easily accessible and palatable diet,[increased reliance on cars, and mechanized manufacturing.

Symptoms: Clothes feeling tight
The scale showing that you've gained weight
Having extra fat around the waist
A higher than normal body mass index and waist circumference

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Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, that is, a disease in which brain cells progressively die. It is a slowly progressive disease caused by the death of small clusters of cells in the midbrain that results in reduction of a critical neurotransmitter called dopamine, the chemical messenger responsible for coordinated muscle movement.

While research shows that genetic factors play a significant role in one type of Parkinson's called early-onset in which symptoms begin before the age of 50, genetic predisposition is not considered a contributing factor when symptoms develop later in life.

Symptoms: Tremor, rigidity, extreme slowness of movement
Impaired balance
Swallowing and speaking difficulties

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PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a disorder of chronically abnormal ovarian function and hyperandrogenism.

Polycystic ovaries develop when the ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones (androgens), particularly testosterone, by either one or a combination of the following: the release of excessive luteinizing hormone (LH) by the anterior pituitary gland through high levels of insulin in the blood (hyperinsulinaemia) in women whose ovaries are sensitive to this stimulus reduced levels of sex-hormone binding globulin resulting in increased free androgens.

Symptoms:

Irregular Menstrual Periods
Increased hair growth, acne, oily skin or dandruff
Weight gain or obesity
Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair

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Prenatal

Before birth; during or relating to pregnancy:

Prenatal defines the period occurring "around the time of birth", specifically from 22 completed weeks (154 days) of gestation (the time when birth weight is normally 500 g) to 7 completed days after birth.

Symptoms:
Pregnancy
First Trimester
Second Trimester
Third Trimester

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Stroke

A cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapidly developing loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain.

A stroke happens when something changes how blood flows through the brain. Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to brain cells. If blood can't flow to a part of the brain, cells there could soon start to die. If brain cells are only damaged, they sometimes get better. But brain cells that have died can't be brought back to life. So, someone who has had a stroke may have trouble speaking, thinking, or walking.

Symptoms:
Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
Suden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden problems seeing in one or both eyes

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Thyroid Disease

Imbalance in production of thyroid hormones arises from dysfunction of the thyroid gland itself, the pituitary gland, which produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), or the hypothalamus

Exposure to radiation, such as occurred after the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident

Overconsumption of isoflavone-intensive soy products, such as soy protein, soy capsules, soy powders

Some drugs, such as lithium and the heart drug cordarone, can cause hypothyroidism.

An overconsumption or shortage of iodine in the diet can also trigger some thyroid problems.

Symptoms: Weight gain
Increased sensitivity to cold
Constipation
Muscle weakness
Joint or muscle pain
Depressioin
Fatigue (feeling very tired)

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