Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
<p><strong>What Are Warts?</strong></p>
<p>Warts are common, benign skin growths caused by a viral infection. They usually appearing on the hands, elbows, face, and soles of the feet, but may also be located on the genitals. Nongenital warts are harmless and only mildly contagious.</p>
<p>There are a number of different types of warts, named for their location on the body and their appearance: common warts (verrucae vulgaris) are most often seen on the hands and fingers; plantar warts are located on the soles of the feet; periungual warts are located around the nails of fingers and toes; digitate warts are small fingerlike projections that appear on the scalp or face; filiform warts are thin, threadlike projections commonly found around the face and neck; flat warts may occasionally occur in groups of up to several hundred at a time.</p>
<p>Ordinary nongenital warts are only mildly contagious; they spread most commonly from one ...
Alzheimer's disease has hallmark changes in the brain, one of which is a collection of an abnormal type of protein, amyloid. Dr. Alzheimer, about a century ago, described plaques in the brains of patients with what we now call Alzheimer's disease. However, it has only been in the last few decades that there has been any understanding of what these plaques are made of and how they are produced. Now, researchers are beginning to test drugs that may diminish these plaques and perhaps treat the underlying disease. Current medications only help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, not the underlying problem. Currently, there are many research trials attempting to identify a compound that will help get rid of the amyloid plaques. Valsartan, a medication that is already used to treat high blood pressure, was studied in mice and found to decrease the amyloid plaques . This occurred before and after the onset of the disease in the mice. It is important to point out...
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