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In the early 20th century, Swedish physician Henrik Sjögren (SHOW-gren) first described a group of women whose chronic arthritis was accompanied by dry eyes and dry mouth. Sjögren's syndrome (SS) can develop on its own (called “primary SS”) or as a complication of another autoimmune disorder (called “secondary SS”), most often lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms vary in type and intensity, and serious complications are rare.
Sjögren's syndrome is an inflammatory disease with unknown cause that can affect many different parts of the body, but most often affects the tear and saliva glands. Patients with this condition may notice irritation, a gritty feeling, or painful burning in the eyes. Dry mouth or difficulty eating dry foods, and swelling of the glands around the face and neck. Some patients experience dryness of other mucous membranes (such as the nasal passages, throat, and vagina) and skin.
Most of the complica...
If we had a cure for diabetes, we would be so happy.
No more needles or pills! We wouldn’t have to consider how every tasty morsel we put in our mouths would raise our blood sugar or remember to exercise even when we would rather sit on our easy chairs. We wouldn’t have to do regular fingersticks, despair over our A1C levels, or moan about our BMI. We could relax.
Graphic courtesy of Ginger Viera
When Dr. Frederick Banting isolated insulin in 1922, the world hailed him for discovering the cure for diabetes, awarding him and Professor J.J.R. Macloud the 1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Life saving for anyone with type 1 diabetes, insulin certainly is, but we all now know that it is no cure.
Ever since then, people with diabetes have longed for a cure. And the diabetes organizations are glad to oblige. “Just give us your money and we will cure it for you in another 10 years,” is the message we keep hearing. “ The T...
What do gray hair and vitiligo have in common? Researchers previously determined that both gray hair and vitiligo are caused by a build-up of hydrogen peroxide on hair follicles causes our hair to bleach itself, creating gray hair. A recent study found a way to reverse this and possibly allow millions of people to say good-bye to chemically changing the color of their hair to cover the gray. What’s more, the treatment works to improve or reverse vitiligo as well.
Vitiligo is a skin condition which causes patches of skin to lose its color. Vitiligo is most often seen on the skin but can occur anywhere on the body where there is pigment – including your skin, hair, mouth and eyes. It causes patches of lighter skin. Some people may have only a few, small patches while others may have more extensive patches.
While it is not dangerous or contagious, it can cause problems with self-image and self-esteem. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, &ldqu...
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