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What is diabetes?

According to the National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, is too high. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose from the food you eat...
Home health care, or home health, can be defined as a wide range of health care services that are provided within a person’s home for an illness or injury and can be for the short or long term. Usually, it is less expensive and more convenient and can be...
In an article in the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation, a definition of Locked-in Syndrome (LIS) is credited to the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and it defined LIS, in 1995, as a "syndrome characterized by preserved...
Moyamoya disease is a rare and progressive disorder. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it is caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the base ganglia. Moyamoya was first described in...
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease where the immune system attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves) and is referred to as an immune-mediated disease. As the immune system attacks the nervous system, the myelin...

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