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Cancer - National Library of Medicine

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Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. ...

Cancer Chemotherapy - National Library of Medicine

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What is cancer chemotherapy? Cancer chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment. It uses medicines to destroy cancer cells. Normally, the cells in your ...

Environmental Health - National Library of Medicine

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Our environment affects our health. If parts of the environment, like the air, water, or soil become polluted, it can lead to health problems. For example, ...

Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis - National Library of Medicine

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Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis, is a rare disease. It is a type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. ...

Health Statistics - National Library of Medicine

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Health statistics are numbers that summarize information related to health. Researchers and experts from government, private, and non-profit agencies and organizations ...

Herniated Disk - National Library of Medicine

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Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the ...

Insomnia - National Library of Medicine

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What is insomnia? Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. If you have it, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you ...

Spinal Cord Diseases - National Library of Medicine

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Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected ...

Spinal Stenosis - National Library of Medicine

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Your spine, or backbone, protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in your spine. The narrowing puts pressure ...

Spine Injuries and Disorders - National Library of Medicine

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Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of ...

Vasculitis - National Library of Medicine

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Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels. It happens when the body's immune system attacks the blood vessel by mistake. It can happen because of an infection, ...

Women's Health - National Library of Medicine

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Women have unique health issues. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently. Unique issues include pregnancy, ...