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Leprosy is a complex infectious disease caused by an infection with the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. This eMedTV article discusses the disease in detail, including its history, transmission methods, the various types, treatments, and prevalence.
Characterized by severe coughing spells, whooping cough is a respiratory system illness caused by bacteria. This eMedTV article provides an overview of whooping cough, including information about its symptoms, complications, and treatment options.
SARS is a highly contagious (and sometimes deadly) viral disease that was discovered in 2002. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at this illness, including information on its transmission, causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
An estimated 10 to 20 percent of Americans come down with influenza, or the flu, each year. This eMedTV page covers this highly contagious respiratory infection, including how it is transmitted, who is at risk, and how it's different from a cold.
Sarcoidosis occurs when small clumps of cells are produced in various organs of the body. As this eMedTV page explains, it is not a form of cancer. This article takes an in-depth look at this condition and its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Myasthenia gravis is a disease characterized by a certain type of muscle weakness. As this eMedTV article explains, the weakness increases during activity and improves after rest. This page lists the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this disease.
Typhoid fever is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. This eMedTV article provides an overview of the disease, including information about transmission, diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis.
Toxins produced by a group of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum cause the disease known as botulism. This eMedTV page provides details about this rare but serious illness, including how it is acquired, symptoms, and treatment options.
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. This eMedTV article explains possible causes and symptoms of a UTI. Risk factors and treatment options for urinary tract infections are also discussed.
An autoimmune condition, Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. This eMedTV selection provides an overview of this condition, including information on its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
Avian influenza is highly contagious among birds, especially domestic birds, but rarely infects people. This eMedTV article discusses avian influenza in detail, including subtypes, how it is transmitted, and the danger, if any, it poses to people.
Although scleroderma may be referred to as a single disease, it is really a symptom of a group of diseases. This eMedTV article discusses this condition in detail, including information about symptoms, subtypes, treatment options, and prognosis.
Characterized by scarred lung tissue, pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that can result from other conditions. This eMedTV article describes the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis, explores the causes of this condition, and lists available treatments.
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.
Typhoid is rare in the United States, but still common in the developing world. This eMedTV article provides detailed information about the disease, which is caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria. Symptoms and treatment options are also discussed.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, which include multiple sclerosis and scleroderma. This eMedTV resource discusses these diseases at length, which occur when your immune cells mistake your body's cells as invaders and attack them.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and hips. This eMedTV article explains this medical condition in detail, including information on its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the moisture-producing glands are targeted. As this eMedTV resource explains, it causes dryness, especially in the mouth and eyes. Symptoms, treatments, and additional links are also provided.
Graves' Disease Definition
Graves' disease is an autoimmune condition that frequently causes hyperthyroidism. This part of the eMedTV site gives a more in-depth definition of Graves' disease, with information on why it occurs, who it affects, and possible symptoms.