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What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is the most common thyroid disease in the United States, affecting 5 in every 100 people. An autoimmune disease that frequently leads to hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones), it is eight times more common in women.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs when there

Is Prostate Cancer Hereditary?

Is Prostate Cancer Hereditary?

For many types of cancer, having a family history of the disease places you at a greater risk of developing the cancer yourself. So, if you’re a man with a close relative who had prostate cancer, you might be bothered by a lingering question: Is prostate cancer hereditary?

No one knows

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

The glandular cells of the prostate play an important role in reproduction, producing the fluids that help make up semen. These tiny cells also serve as the birthplace for nearly all prostate cancers. Genes in these cells slowly mutate, leading to the formation of abnormal cells. The cells proliferate and

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

The simple act of swallowing is the mechanical process that propels chewed food from the mouth into the esophagus (see Box 3-1, The Swallowing Process). In preparation for swallowing, the tongue moves the chewed food to the back of the throat. This triggers the swallowing reflex, and muscles contract to

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