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Angina Angina can occur when the heart is not getting enough oxygen. This is usually because the blood supply to the heart is blocked or because the heart is being overworked and therefore needs more oxygen than usual. The heart can usually function normally at rest...

Aneurism An aneurism is a permanent ballooning in the wall of an artery. The pressure of blood passing through can force part of a weakened artery to bulge outward, forming a thin-skinned blister or sac. What to look for Although most aneurisms have no symptoms, in some cases...

Anaemia Anaemia is a disorder of the blood in which the red blood cells are defective in some way. What to look for weakness, fatigue, and a general feeling of malaise… You may be mildly anaemic. your lips look bluish, your skin is pasty or yellowish, and your gums,...

This word literally means ‘no memory’, but for medical purposes it is used to mean a temporary loss of memory. What to look for Symptoms for Amnesia include the following: confusion, inability to recall current location do not know who familiar people are Causes a severe hit to the head area can...

Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's disease is a disorder in which there is a progressive decaying of brain tissue. It is characterised by a decline in mental and emotional capabilities. What to look for… mood changes: depression, paranoia, agitation, anxiety, selfishness, childish behavior. disorientation, confusion, inattention, loss of memory for recent...

Allergies An allergy is a sensitivity to a substance which does not normally cause people any problems. What to look for Symptoms generally show up in the part of the body which are exposed to the allergen… Sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, and coughing indicate asthma, or drug or respiratory...

Alcohol Abuse What to look for… The following symptoms are associated with abuse of alcohol: temporary blackouts or memory loss. recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends. continuing use of alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal". work, money and...

Aids/ H.I.V. Known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS occurs after the immune system has been destroyed by HIV virus. HIV attacks the immune system by killing off the white blood cells in the blood known as the T-Cells. It is these cells that signal to the...

Adenoid Problems Adenoids are lymph glands, located at the back of the nose where the air passages join those of the back of the mouth. The lymph system is the body’s defence against infection and the lymph glands (like the adenoids) are full of infection-fighting cells. Any...

Acne Nearly everyone suffers from outbreaks of pimples at some point in life, making acne one of the most common skin disorders. Acne is a skin affliction usually occurring in teenagers, however quite a high percentage of adults do suffer some form of acne symptoms. Acne is...

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