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What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

Sjögren's syndrome, also known as "Mikulicz disease" and "Sicca syndrome", is a systemic autoimmune disease in which immune cells attack and destroy the exocrine glands ... Full story

Wegener's granulomatosis

What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Its cause is unknown but it's a multi-system disease, which means many parts of the body may be affected. The nose, ... Full story

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

What is Wenicke-Korsakoff syndrome? Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome causes a loss of specific brain functions due to a lack of vitamin B1, or thiamine, which is an ... Full story

What is a stroke?

The brain The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It's divided into two sides, or hemispheres, each controlling the opposite side of ... Full story

What is diabetes?

Why diabetes occurs Diabetes occurs because the body can't use glucose properly, either owing to a lack of the hormone insulin or because the insulin ... Full story

Whooping cough: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

What is Whooping cough? Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is also ... Full story

Williams syndrome

What is Williams syndrome? Williams syndrome is a rare congenital abnormality, which is caused by deletion of the gene that makes the protein elastin from ... Full story

Removal of wisdom teeth

Removal of painless wisdom teeth Recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend that impacted wisdom teeth (which haven't come through ... Full story

Worms in Children

What are worms? There are many different types of worm infection, but the most common generally cause only minor illnesses. These include: Threadworms - also ... Full story

Scars re-opening after surgery

What is a scar re-opening? If a scar pulls open following surgery, it could be the result of infection. If the wound is infected, it'll ... Full story

X-ray exposure

Radiation is all around us Although doctors do worry about exposing people repeatedly to x-rays, and there's no doubt that too much exposure to this ... Full story

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome: Causes, Symptons, Treatments

What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Imagine your heart is like an electrical pump. Electrical impulses travel steadily along a pathway (like a wire) to the heart muscle ... Full story

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