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Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:42:16 GMTAchalasia is a rare motility disorder of the oesophagus, commonly known as the gullet.
Thu, 09 Mar 2006 17:41:30 GMTAcne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes spots.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 11:39:43 GMTAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness. It is just one form of macular disease, which affects the eye's retina.
Wed, 09 Aug 2000 11:17:02 GMTWilliam Hague's boast that he once drank 14 pints of beer a day may impress some voters - but probably not his doctor.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:11:30 GMTAlzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative and irreversible brain disorder that causes intellectual impairment, disorientation and eventually death and is the most common cause of dementia.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:43:38 GMTMemory loss or amnesia is usually temporary and it can be triggered by both psychological and physical trauma.
Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:36:44 GMTAnabolic steroids can boost sporting performance - but at a serious cost to long-term health.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:43:39 GMTAnaemia, or lack of red blood cells, is a very common medical problem.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:43:37 GMTThe facts about peanut allergy and other forms of anaphylactic shock
Tue, 02 May 2006 15:00:41 GMTAnaesthesia is a key part of the preparation for any operation.
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 12:29:00 GMTAnkylosing spondylitis is a disease which causes progressive stiffening of the spine, and which, if left untreated, can cripple sufferers.
Fri, 05 Nov 1999 20:12:37 GMTSuperbugs are becoming more common - and some doctors fear they herald the end of the age of antibiotics. BBC News Online looks at the problems facing the 20th century's greatest medical advance.
Thu, 26 Oct 2000 11:51:09 GMTAnti-coagulants are prescribed to millions of people to treat and prevent the life-threatening effects of a clot blocking a blood vessel.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:43:39 GMTAnthrax is a rare infection which, in its most severe forms, is likely to prove fatal.
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:06:48 GMTAnxiety disorders are among the most common mental illlnesses in the UK and cover everything from panic attacks to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 16:33:00 GMTArsenic is known best as a deadly poison, although in small doses it does have medical benefits. BBC News Online looks at the workings of the chemical made most famous through detective fiction.
Fri, 11 Apr 2003 15:21:22 GMTArthritis is a very common medical condition, estimated to affect around seven million people in the UK.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:43:41 GMTOver 3,000 people a year die from asbestos diseases in the UK and the number is set to treble by 2020. Diseases include cancer of the lining of the chest and lungs. Only 25% of those who develop this cancer are still alive a year after diagnosis.
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:27:36 GMTAsperger syndrome is a form of autism which often manifests in "eccentric" behaviour rather than pronounced and obvious disability.
Thu, 08 Jan 2004 13:06:26 GMTThis long-term condition is relatively easy to control yet it is responsible for 180,000 deaths a year.
Thu, 03 Mar 2005 09:56:27 GMTResearch suggests levels of autism have increased by ten-fold over the last decade. BBC News Online examines a perplexing condition.
Mon, 14 Feb 2000 11:10:39 GMTApnoea attack, or near cot death, occurs when a baby stops breathing for a few seconds. It affects around 500 babies a year.
Wed, 27 Jul 2005 16:27:53 GMT
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 19:51:36 GMTThe BBC News website looks at bird flu - and the fears it could spread between humans.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:53 GMTAround 50 children are born with biliary atresia every year in England and Wales. The condition affects the liver and is potentially fatal if not operated on early.
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 18:12:00 GMTLawyers acting for Edgar Pearce - the Mardi Gra bomber - have claimed he suffers from Binswanger's disease, a rare form of dementia that can change the way people think.
Mon, 31 Jan 2000 12:43:00 GMTA Scottish hospital has launched an inquiry after a surgeon agreed to remove healthy limbs from patients suffering from a psychological disorder. BBC News Online looks at the condition.
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 11:20:00 GMTMany doctors see boxing as an unacceptably dangerous sport - the BMA would like to see it banned.
Mon, 07 Jan 2002 10:02:04 GMTOne of the risks to babies born prematurely is that their undeveloped blood vessels will bleed into the brain.
Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:06:21 GMTBrain tumours information
Thu, 15 Sep 2005 14:38:18 GMTHow to avoid and treat burns and scalds.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:51 GMTOpinion is sharply divided over whether cannabis should be legalised for medicinal use.
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 17:22:36 GMTOne in three people over the age of 65 has a cataract. Left untreated cataracts can significantly impair vision.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:52 GMTAn aneurism is a dilation, or swelling, of a blood vessel (where part of the vein or artery inflates like a balloon).
Thu, 08 May 2003 09:22:15 GMTCholera is an intestinal infection caused by a bacteria - and is often linked to contaminated supplies of drinking water.
Fri, 28 Nov 2003 17:26:29 GMTA baby which was abandoned by its parents in Portugal was identified partly through a distinctive cleft upper lip. BBC News Online looks at the condition.
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 13:41:19 GMT
Thu, 06 Mar 2003 17:06:30 GMTCoeliac disease is a gut disorder which can strike at any age.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:52 GMTA collapsed lung prevents the sufferer from absorbing life-giving oxygen into the blood stream in the normal way.
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 09:31:00 GMTFrom acupuncture to yoga, all you need to know about the most commonly used therapies.
Fri, 25 Aug 2000 12:45:02 GMTConjoined twins are a rare phenomenon.
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 17:05:16 GMTScientists are developing a treatment for a form of lung disease which is one of the UK's biggest killers.
Tue, 20 May 2008 14:44:04 GMTInformation on the inflammatory gut disorder Crohn's disease.
Mon, 28 Jul 2003 15:46:50 GMTCystic fibrosis is an life-threatening inherited genetic disease.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:54 GMTDeep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins of the body, usually in the leg.
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:06:48 GMTDepression is a common mental illness which is estimated to affect up to one in five Britons at some point in their lifetime. Famous sufferers include Sir Winston Churchill.
Tue, 09 Feb 1999 18:51:00 GMTThe hormonal condition diabetes is on the increaseas people lead increasingly unhealthy lifestyles. If untreated it can cause very serious health problems.
Thu, 03 Jun 1999 15:22:00 GMTDioxins are present everywhere and are known to be a serious heath threat - BBC News Online looks at the facts.
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 15:25:07 GMTDiverticular disease is a condition which occurs when pouches of tissue, commonly known as diverticula, pass through the muscular layer of the bowel.
Sun, 01 Apr 2001 14:43:08 GMTDown's syndrome is a genetic condition which affects about one in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:38:00 GMTThe arrival of recreational drugs has created an explosion in use. BBC News Online looks at the major illegal drugs.
Thu, 30 Dec 2004 11:52:33 GMTDysentery, an infection of the digestive system, can kill if not treated.
Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:36:16 GMTDystonia is an incurable neurological movement disorder thought to affect at least 40,000 in the UK alone.
Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:54:05 GMTE. coli is a common bug which is present everywhere in the environment. Mostly it helps people to stay healthy, providing the body with many vitamins, such as vitamin K. But some strains - such as the 0157 strain - are potentially fatal.
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:06:48 GMTEating disorders are responsible for the highest number of deaths from psychiatric illness.
Wed, 12 Sep 2007 10:33:42 GMTBBC News Online examines the facts behind terrifying outbreaks of haemorrhagic fevers in Africa and beyond.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:55 GMTThe dangers of the recreational drug Ecstasy are still not fully understood - and, as some tragic cases have proved, it can damage health.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:45:50 GMTOne of the most devastating complications of pregnancy is if the embryo starts to grow outside the womb - an ectopic pregnancy.
Thu, 09 Mar 2006 17:51:51 GMTUS authorities have ruled two eczema creams should carry warnings that they may increase the risk of cancer.
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:06:48 GMTOnce a commonly used - and controversial - treatment for a variety of mental problems, ECT still bears a stigma despite advances which have made it far safer and more effective.
Wed, 27 Jul 2005 17:10:11 GMTHow emergency contraception methods work.
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:45:40 GMTEmphysema is a progressive lung condition which leaves sufferers struggling for breath.
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:30:00 GMTInsect-borne diseases are spreading around the world - find out about some of the most common infections.
Fri, 28 Feb 2003 17:38:36 GMTEndometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that is estimated to affect up to 25% of all women.
Tue, 20 May 2003 16:57:30 GMTEpilepsy is a common neurological disorder which causes fits. At any one time 300,000 people in the UK have active epilepsy.
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 15:36:03 GMTEpstein-Barr virus (EBV) occurs world-wide and infects most people at some point in their lives.
Tue, 12 Oct 2004 11:00:34 GMTErectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
Thu, 06 May 1999 11:58:00 GMTVehicle emissions can have a serious impact on health.
Mon, 04 Jul 2005 13:56:58 GMTAn explanation of the surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 07:19:00 GMTFat is an essential part of the diet, but lots of people eat more fat than they need or is good for them.
Wed, 23 Dec 1998 12:00:00 GMTThe cultural and religious practice of female circumcision is a health hazard that maims and kills young women across the world.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:48:44 GMTInadequate sexual function in women is a complex problem that can have many different causes.
Wed, 09 Feb 2005 17:53:01 GMTFibromyalgia is a condition which causes widespread pain and severe fatigue.
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:49:40 GMTFlu and its complications can kill, but most healthy people can shake it off in a few days.
Wed, 06 Oct 1999 12:56:00 GMTThe possible health risks of food additives are the subject of fierce controversy among experts.
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 13:23:18 GMT
Thu, 22 Jan 2004 22:27:17 GMTBBC News Online examines what causes glaucoma and how it is treated.
Tue, 05 Mar 2002 10:39:21 GMTThe rare Goldenhar Syndrome leaves babies with an underdeveloped face and is thought to affect just 75 children in the UK.
Fri, 01 Sep 2006 17:01:14 GMTGroup B streptococcus is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK.
Wed, 05 Dec 2001 10:52:20 GMTGuillain-Barré Syndrome is a frightening and disabling disease which strikes suddenly, sometimes with devastating effect.
Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:41:39 GMTHow can it be avoided? And what causes it in the first place? BBC News Online investigates.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:09:47 GMTHot weather is affecting the UK. While most enjoy the summer sun, high temperatures can pose a significant risk to health.
Tue, 10 May 2005 06:30:14 GMTHepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection in the world. It is thought to be the leading cause of liver cancer.
Tue, 25 Oct 2005 11:21:00 GMTHepatitis C is a virus which can cause serious liver problems.
Tue, 11 Mar 2003 11:57:48 GMTPrince Charles is far from alone in needing an operation to repair a hernia. It is the commonest male operation performed in the UK, with the NHS performing over 100,000 hernia repairs every year.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:48:43 GMTHeroin use is on the increase. There are about 40,000 registered addicts in the UK, but the real figure could be four times that number. Customs seizures are also at a record high.
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 17:41:07 GMTHIV has killed millions of people world-wide since it was first identified as a threat to public health more than 20 years ago.
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 09:23:00 GMTHuman growth hormone (HGH) has been helping stunted children in the UK to grow normally since 1959.
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 09:30:00 GMTHuman papilloma viruses or HPVs are a group of more than 80 different types of virus, including those that cause genital warts. BBC News Online looks at what they are and what they do.
Thu, 23 Feb 2006 12:37:37 GMTHypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to serious complications, including heart attacks.
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 15:45:00 GMTExposure to the cold is estimated to cause 30,000 deaths a year in the UK. Hypothermia is one of the most deadly cold-induced conditions.
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 17:18:19 GMTA hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure, involving removal of the uterus.
Wed, 02 Jun 1999 11:15:00 GMTMany babies suffer from fever, but only rarely is it something to worry about.
Fri, 01 Sep 2006 16:33:42 GMTIrritable bowel syndrome is a common and painful disorder about which relatively little is still known.
Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:59:51 GMTAround 6,000 babies a year are born in the UK to otherwise infertile couples as a result of in vitro fertilisation.
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 16:37:00 GMTMalaria is a public health problem in some 90 countries, and causes between 1.5 and 2.7 million deaths world-wide each year.
Tue, 30 Mar 1999 11:32:00 GMTJapanese encephalitis is a disease caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes - in severe cases it leads to a deadly inflammation of the brain.
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 14:29:37 GMTKidney failure is a serious disease which can have a major impact on life, and can ultimately be fatal. However, it can be successfully treated.
Fri, 12 Dec 2003 10:16:08 GMTThe Queen is to undergo a minor operation to remove torn cartilage in her knee for the second time in less than a year. BBC News Online examines the problem.
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:48:46 GMTThe knee injury suffered by Ruud van Nistelrooy is typical of those suffered by footballers, as BBC News Online discovers.