2005-11-20T15:37:44+00:00Definition Small cell lung cancer is a disease in which the cells of the lung tissues grow uncontrollably and form tumors. Description Lung cancer is divided into two main types: small cell and non-small cell. Small cell lung cancer is the least common of the two, accounting for only about 20% of all lung cancers. In the past, the disease was called oat cell cancer because, when viewed under a microscope, the cancer cells resemble oats. This type of lung cancer grows quickly and is more likely to spread to other organs in the body.
2005-01-25T08:45:10+00:00Alternative names Adrenocortical hypofunction; Chronic adrenocortical insufficiency; Adrenal insufficiency Definition Addison’s disease is a hormone deficiency caused by damage to the outer layer of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortex). see Addison’s disease in Encyclopedia.
2005-01-09T14:51:02+00:00Definition Abnormally strange, unusual, or weird behavior in a person that is not typical of that individual (delirium or dementia).
2005-01-09T14:39:26+00:00Definition A form of psoriasis with characteristic water drop shaped scaly macules. Alternative Names Guttate psoriasis
2005-01-09T14:38:55+00:00Definition Psoriasis is a common skin inflammation (irritation and swelling) characterized by frequent episodes of redness; itching; and thick, dry, silvery scales on the skin. Alternative Names Plaque psoriasis
2005-01-09T14:24:25+00:00Dysthymia Disorder Definition A disorder with a chronic depressed mood; it is a mild form of depression.
2004-12-29T12:51:50+00:00Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the lack of an X chromosome. What is going on in the body? Turner syndrome only affects females. Because females with Turner syndrome don’t have the normal number of chromosomes, the body’s natural balance is upset. This results in underdevelopment of the ovaries, breasts, uterus and vagina. Females with this disorder are infertile.
2004-12-29T12:45:24+00:00Alternate Names : Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, IDDM, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors Type 1 diabetes mellitus, more commonly known as type 1 diabetes, is a disease in which the pancreas produces too little insulin to meet the body’s needs. Insulin is a hormone that helps control the level of glucose in the blood. Glucose is the main form of sugar in the body. see Type 1 Diabetes
2004-12-28T18:21:54+00:00Alternative names Cholecystitis - acute; Gallstones - acute cholecyctitis Definition Acute cholecystitis is a sudden inflammation of the gallbladder that causes severe abdominal pain.