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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis The Immune System
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    Rheumatoid Arthritis or (RA) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints and connective tissue. The result is inflammation that produces permanent damage in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic syndrome that tends to be progressive and destructive as compared to Osteoarthritis or (OA), which is more of an age related disease caused by "wear and tear" of the joints. In contrast to (OA), rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflammation mostly of the joints, but is a general body...
  • Bone Density Test
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    Bone Case Study 1. A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures the amount of mineral concentration in a specific region of the bones in order to determine a persons bone strength or density and their risk for fractures. 2. The physician uses the BMD test in conjunction with a patient's history to determine the patient's risk of Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by thinning, weak bones. Bone loss is actually a normal event in the human body. We loose bone when cells (os...
  • Risk For Developing Osteoporosis
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    Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes the bones to become so thin that they can break during normal daily activities such as lifting a heavy object or rolling over in bed. Whether someone will develop osteoporosis or loss of bone, known as, depends on the thickness of the bones early in life, as well as health, diet, and physical activity later in life. The exact cause of osteoporosis is not known. However, osteoporosis has been linked to the natural process of aging and to the...
  • Prevent Osteoporosis
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    Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a significant health problem that affects more than 25 million women in the United States and potentially 200 million worldwide. This disease is characterized by diminishing the structure of the skeleton (particular the " spongy' bone). This results in an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis develops silently over a period of years, eventually progressing to a point where a fracture can easily occur causing pain and disability. This disease is characterized by lo...
  • Civil War Surgeon
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    Medicine During the Civil War 1861-1865 When Walt Whitman wrote that he believed the "real war" would never get into the books, this is the side he was talking about (Belferman 1996). Yet, it is important that we remember and recall the medical side of the conflict too, as horrible and terrifying as it was (Adams 1952). Long before doctors and people knew anything about bacteria and what caused disease was the time of Civil War medicine. Doctors during the Civil War (always referred to as "surge...
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Osteoporosis
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    Bone diseases most directly influence the ability to walk or to move any part of the body -- hands, limbs, neck, and spine. They are related to joint disorders -- ARTHRITIS, COLLAGEN DISEASE, DISLOCATION of joints, and RHEUMATISM. The medical specialty pertaining to bone disorders is ORTHOPEDICS. Fractures are the most common bone disorders. They can occur as the result of an accident or be secondary to metabolic diseases. Fractures are life-threatening to aged people having the metabolic bone d...
  • Your Mouth For Early Signs Of Disease
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    A healthy smile is a bonus at any age. Too often older people- especially those who wear false teeth (or dentures) -feel they no longer need dental checkups. If you haven't learned the basics of oral health care, it is not too late to start. And even if you have, it's a good time to review. Tooth Decay (Cavities) Tooth decay is not just a children's disease; it can happen as long as natural teeth are in the mouth. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that normally live in the mouth. The bacteria cl...

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