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Botulism Transmission - Diagnosing Polymyalgia Rheumatica

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  • Botulism Transmission
    Botulism transmission does not occur from one person to another. It occurs when the toxin-producing spores are ingested. This page on the eMedTV website describes how botulism transmission occurs in infants, wounds, and food.
  • Botulism Treatment
    Key aspects of botulism treatment include careful observation and supportive care in a hospital. As this eMedTV article explains, an injection of antitoxin -- if the disease is caught early enough -- may also be used to treat botulism poisoning.
  • Botulism Types
    There are three main botulism types: foodborne botulism, wound botulism, and infant botulism. This portion of the eMedTV archives describes these botulism types in detail and also provides information about what is known as "bioterror botulism."
  • Botulisme
    Botulism is a serious illness caused by toxins produced by a certain bacterium. This page on the eMedTV Web site explains how this disease affects people and lists some of its early symptoms. Botulisme is a common misspelling of botulism.
  • Butulism
    The three main types of botulism are foodborne, wound, and infant botulism. This eMedTV article explains that all three types can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies if they occur. Butulism is a common misspelling of botulism.
  • Cause of Leprosy
    This eMedTV article discusses the cause of leprosy in detail (the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae) and explains factors that can affect how the bacteria are transmitted, such as genetics and environmental conditions.
  • Cause of Raynaud's Phenomenon
    The cause of Raynaud's is unknown; however, certain risk factors can increase the chances of getting it. This eMedTV page explains these risk factors and how they may lead to the development of Raynaud's phenomenon.
  • Cause of Sjogren's Syndrome
    The exact cause of Sjogren's syndrome is unknown; however, as this eMedTV resource explains, scientists think that genetics and/or the environment may play a role in the development of the disease, acting as possible triggers.
  • Cause of Typhoid Fever
    The bacterium Salmonella typhi is responsible for typhoid fever. This portion of the eMedTV archives provides information about this typhoid fever cause, how it is transmitted, and people who are most at risk from it.
  • Causes of Behcet's Disease
    Although the causes of Behcet's disease are unknown, inflammation of the blood vessels often causes symptoms to appear. This eMedTV page explains how the environment and genetics, while not causes of Behcet's disease, may lead to its development.
  • Causes of Botulism
    The Clostridium botulinum bacterium produces nerve toxins that are the causes of botulism. As this section of the eMedTV library explains, this bacterium can produce seven forms of this toxin, only four of which are causes of botulism in humans.
  • Causes of Leprosy
    The causes of leprosy can be traced to an infection with Mycobacterium leprae. This eMedTV article discusses this bacteria in detail and explains factors that affect how it is transmitted, such as genetics or environmental conditions.
  • Causes of Pulmonary Fibrosis
    Radiation from cancer treatment and certain drugs are possible causes of pulmonary fibrosis. This eMedTV page covers other factors that may cause the progressive disease and offers information on how pulmonary fibrosis can occur from unknown causes.
  • Causes of Sarcoidosis
    As this eMedTV article explains, it's not entirely clear why sarcoidosis occurs -- but genetics and the immune system may have something to do with it. This Web page explores theories supporting these possible sarcoidosis causes.
  • Causes of UTI
    The most common causes of a UTI involve a type of bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E coli). This eMedTV resource discusses bacteria and other organisms (such as chlamydia and mycoplasma) that may be responsible for a urinary tract infection.
  • Causes of Whooping Cough
    Whooping cough occurs due to infection with Bordetella pertussis bacteria. This eMedTV resource explains how the bacteria cause whooping cough and includes information on how the bacteria are transmitted.
  • CFS Information
    This eMedTV page provides information on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a condition characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by rest. This article discusses possible symptoms, explains how often it occurs, and links to more information.
  • CFS Myths
    CFS myths circulating include the false notion that people with the condition lose their fingerprints. This eMedTV article debunks myths concerning chronic fatigue syndrome and recommends credible sources for information about CFS.
  • Characteristics of Leprosy
    This eMedTV article offers a detailed look at the characteristics of leprosy and explains factors that can affect severity and specific symptoms. It also explains the incubation period for the disease and body parts that are commonly affected.
  • Contagious Period for Whooping Cough
    The contagious period for whooping cough lasts as long as an infected person has symptoms of the illness. As this eMedTV article explains, however, a person with this condition is often most contagious during the first three weeks of symptoms.
  • Cow Pox
    Cowpox is a viral infection most commonly spread through direct contact with an infected cow's teat. This eMedTV Web page provides a brief overview of the condition and links to more information. Cow pox is a common misspelling of cowpox.
  • Cow Pox Disease
    Cowpox is a viral infection that is most often found among wild rodents in Europe. This eMedTV article provides a brief overview of cowpox, which is a disease rarely seen in humans. Cow pox disease is a common misspelling and variation of cowpox.
  • Cowpox
    Cowpox is a rare disease that is commonly spread through direct contact with an ulcer on a cow's teat. This eMedTV resource offers a more in-depth look at this condition and its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
  • CREST
    CREST is an acronym that spells out some of the common symptoms of systemic scleroderma. This selection from the eMedTV library goes into greater detail about these symptoms, and also includes information on the different types of scleroderma.
  • CREST Syndrome
    Limited scleroderma is sometimes known as CREST syndrome (CREST is an acronym for its common symptoms). This eMedTV page takes a closer look at this condition, explaining how it can occur anywhere in the body, but tends to affect the extremities.
  • Cure Leprosy
    In order to cure leprosy, doctors prescribe antibiotics that kill the bacteria responsible for the disease. This eMedTV article discusses the three most commonly used antibiotics and explains what happened to people prior to their development.
  • Cures for Leprosy
    This eMedTV article lists the most common antibiotics used as cures for leprosy: rifampin, dapsone, and clofazimine. It also explains the success rate with these drugs and what happened to people prior to their development.
  • Dangers of Tdap Vaccine
    Tdap may cause potentially serious side effects, such as severe arm swelling or a high fever. This eMedTV resource explores other potential dangers of Tdap vaccine and explains what you should discuss with your doctor before receiving the vaccine.
  • Deferiprone
    Deferiprone tablets are taken three times daily to reduce high levels of iron in the blood in some people. This eMedTV page features more information on this prescription drug, including when it is prescribed, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
  • Deferiprone Dosage
    This eMedTV resource offers an explanation on how your deferiprone dosage is calculated, as well as instructions for when and how to take these tablets. This page also discusses how your doctor will determine whether this medicine is working adequately.
  • Deferiprone Drug Information
    People who have an excess of iron in their blood after a transfusion may benefit from deferiprone. This eMedTV Web page covers more information on deferiprone, including how the drug works to reduce iron levels, dosing instructions, and safety issues.
  • Deferiprone Side Effects
    As this eMedTV segment explains, deferiprone side effects may include an abnormal urine color, nausea, or joint pain. This article discusses the results of clinical studies, with detailed lists of common and potentially serious side effects of this drug.
  • Diagnosing Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    As this eMedTV page explains, diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica usually involves taking the patient's medical history and performing certain tests, such as rheumatoid factor. This page covers the process of making a polymyalgia rheumatica diagnosis.
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