• 17 NOV 21
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    Myopathies

      WHAT ARE MYOPATHIES? Myopathy is the medical term for muscle disease. A general term meaning inflammation of the muscles, myositis includes the following diseases: dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), inclusion body myositis, and juvenile myositis. WHO GETS MYOPATHIES? Inflammatory myopathies are rare diseases. Polymyositis and dermatomyositis occur in approximately one person in 100,000. All age

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    • 15 NOV 21
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    Leg Cramping

    What is muscle cramp? A muscle cramp is a sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle. This type of pain is most commonly experienced in the legs, and therefore often called a leg cramp. Leg cramps occur when the muscle suddenly and forcefully contracts. What causes a leg cramp? The exact cause of a leg cramp

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    • 14 NOV 21
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    Infectious Arthritis

    Infectious Arthritis   What is infectious arthritis? Infectious arthritis is an infection in a joint. Infection with a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause.   Who is at risk for infectious arthritis? Patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with certain infections, including HIV infection. Patients with certain types of cancer. IV drug abusers

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    • 14 NOV 21
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    Hepatitis and Arthritis

    How does liver damage occur in hepatitis C infection? The presence of HCV in the liver triggers the human immune system, which leads to inflammation. Over time, prolonged inflammation may cause scarring. Extensive scarring in the liver is called cirrhosis. When the liver becomes cirrhotic, the liver fails to perform its normal functions and this

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