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Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin turns white due to the loss of pigment from the melanocytes, cells that produce the pigment melanin that gives the skin color.

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      Sunburn (Sun Poisoning) Article
      • Sunburn and sun poisoning facts
      • What is sunburn?
      • Can sunburn cause permanent damage?
      • What is UV light and where are UV rays most intense?
      • What are the symptoms of sunburn?
      • What are the symptoms of severe sunburn (sun poisoning)?
      • Sunburn pictures
      • What first-aid measures should be taken with sunburn?
      • What is the treatment for sunburn?
      • Are there any home remedies to treat sunburn?
      • Is a follow-up visit with a physician necessary?
      • Who is most susceptible to sunburn?
      • Can diseases cause a heightened sensitivity to UV rays?
      • What kinds of skin cancer can UV rays cause?
      • How can sunburn and skin cancer be prevented?
      • How do sunscreens work?
      • What is SPF?
      • What is the best way to apply sunscreen?
      • Do sunscreens expire?
      • Can antioxidants protect against sunburn?
    • Pernicious Anemia Pernicious anemia is a blood disorder in which the body does not make enough red blood cells due to a lack of vitamin B12 in the...learn more »
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      Pernicious Anemia Article
      • Pernicious anemia facts
      • What is pernicious anemia?
      • What is megaloblastic anemia?
      • What causes pernicious anemia?
      • Is pernicious anemia the same as vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia?
      • What are the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency/ pernicious anemia?
      • How is pernicious anemia/vitamin B-12 deficiency diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for pernicious anemia and vitamin B-12 deficiency?
      • Can pernicious anemia/ vitamin B-12 deficiency be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for pernicious anemia/ vitamin B-12 deficiency?
    • Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism is an excess of thyroid hormone resulting from an overactive thyroid gland. Symptoms can include increased heart...learn more »
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      Hyperthyroidism Article
      • Hyperthyroidism facts
      • What is hyperthyroidism?
      • What are thyroid hormones?
      • Thyroid hormone regulation--the chain of command
      • What causes hyperthyroidism?
      • What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
      • How is hyperthyroidism diagnosed?
      • How is hyperthyroidism treated?
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    • Stress Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However,...learn more »
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      Stress Article
      • Stress facts
      • What is stress?
      • A brief history of stress
      • What are the signs and symptoms of poorly managed stress?
      • Who is most vulnerable to stress?
      • Teen stress
      • What is the healthy response to stress?
      • How does the response to stress work?
      • What is the role of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (grouping) in stress?
      • What is the role of the locus coeruleus in stress?
      • How do the connections in the brain work in stress?
      • What do we know about using (activating) and overusing our internal systems that respond to stress?
      • What are the effects of stress on medical and psychological conditions?
      • Conclusions about the effects of stress
      • What can people do for stress management?
      • What's in the future for stress?
    • Addison's Disease Addison disease is a hormonal (endocrine) disorder involving destruction of the adrenal glands (small glands adjacent to the...learn more »
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      Addison's Disease Article
      • Addison's disease facts*
      • What is Addison's disease?
      • How does Addison's disease occur?
      • What is cortisol?
      • How is cortisol regulated?
      • What is aldosterone?
      • What causes Addison's disease?
      • Primary adrenal insufficiency
      • Polyendocrine deficiency syndrome
      • Tuberculosis
      • Other causes of Addison's disease
      • Secondary adrenal insufficiency
      • What are the signs and symptoms of Addison's disease?
      • How is Addison's disease diagnosed?
      • How is Addison's disease treated?
      • Surgery
      • Pregnancy?
      • Patient education
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    • Tinea Versicolor Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that mainly affects the skin of young people. Recognized by light or reddish brown spots,...learn more »
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      Tinea Versicolor Article
      • Tinea versicolor facts
      • What is tinea versicolor? What are symptoms and signs of tinea versicolor?
      • What causes tinea versicolor?
      • What other conditions resemble tinea versicolor?
      • How is tinea versicolor diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for tinea versicolor?
      • What is the prognosis of tinea versicolor?
      • Can tinea versicolor be prevented?

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