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Medical News Today: What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's?

Dementia is an umbrella term that describes symptoms affecting memory and cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific, and the most common, type of dementia. The conditions overlap in terms of symptoms, but Alzheimer’s has different and specific treatments as well as unique symptoms. Learn more here.

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Medical News Today: What to know about age spots (liver spots)

Age spots, or liver spots, are common and harmless. They do not require treatment, but people can get rid of them with creams and cosmetic procedures. Age spots can resemble certain forms of skin cancer, and anyone concerned about an age spot should speak with a doctor.

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Medical News Today: What are the symptoms of high estrogen?

High estrogen levels can cause a range of symptoms. Males may experience sexual problems and enlarged breasts, while females may experience weight gain and menstrual complications. A person may have high estrogen because of a natural imbalance, or because they are taking certain medications. Learn more here.

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Medical News Today: What to know about esophageal thrush

Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the food pipe. It occurs when a naturally occurring fungus called Candida grows out of control. Esophageal thrush is a serious condition, causing pain and difficulty swallowing. It may also spread to other parts of the body. Learn more about esophageal thrush here.

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Medical News Today: First period after having a baby: What to expect

Many women wonder what to expect from their first postpartum period, as well as when to expect it. In this article, learn about the first period after having a baby, including how to tell the difference between lochia and a period, and when to resume birth control.

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Medical News Today: Health benefits of elderberry

Elderberry fruit is a traditional natural remedy for colds and flus. Some research backs up these claims, though more research is needed. In this article, we look at the possible health benefits and risks of medicinal elderberries.

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Medical News Today: Does high altitude affect COPD?

Flying or traveling to high elevations can present difficulties for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Changes in altitude can cause high blood pressure, a lack of oxygen, and other respiratory problems. Planning, adopting coping strategies, and limiting activity can help. Learn more here.

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Medical News Today: How soon can you get pregnant after giving birth?

While it is unlikely, a woman can get pregnant before the first postpartum period. In this article, learn more about how soon a woman can get pregnant after having a baby, how long doctors recommend waiting, and about the possible risks of pregnancies that are too close together.

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Medical News Today: The 10 best probiotics for vegans

While yogurt is a popular probiotic food, it is not suitable for vegans. However, many other plant-based foods contain probiotics, including miso, tempeh, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi. In this article, learn about these and other vegan probiotic foods, including the health benefits they may offer people.

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Medical News Today: How to identify a chlorine rash

Some people develop a rash after swimming in chlorinated pools or soaking in hot tubs. Chlorine rash is simple to treat, but can be confused with other rashes, such as swimmer's itch and heat rash. Learn more here.

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Medical News Today: How to use coconut oil for eczema

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer. It can soothe dry, itchy skin resulting from eczema and help prevent infection. In this article, we look at how to use coconut oil for eczema, other benefits, and risks.

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A disease is a particular abnormal condition, a disorder of a structure or function, that affects part or all of an organism. The causal study of disease is called pathology. Disease is often construed as a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by factors originally from an external source, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with a disease can alter one's perspective on life, and one's personality.

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