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Typhus: New Worries About an Age-Old Disease

Typhus is a group of bacterial diseases with a long history. “Epidemic typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii is one of the oldest pestilential diseases of humankind,” according to researchers of an article published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum.

Despite hanging around for centuries, giving generations of researchers a … Read More

Getting a Biopsy: 8 Things You Need to Know

People are understandably concerned when told they need a biopsy. What is a biopsy? What is the purpose? How is it performed? Who does it? Where? Does it hurt? What are the risks? What will the results mean? What happens next? Here are the answers to those questions and more.
What … Read More

What Is Scleroderma?

You may have heard the term scleroderma but what does it mean? The first half of the word has roots in the Greek word "skleros," or "hard." The second half of the word, "-derma," means "skin." According to the American College of Rheumatology, “Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis) … Read More

What Is Nodular Melanoma?

There are four subtypes of melanoma, and nodular melanoma is the most aggressive of all. It spirals downward and deeply into the layers of skin, but will show up on the surface as a firm symmetrical bump, lump, or nodule. By the time some people recognize something is wrong, … Read More

Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are forms of skin cancer that are less invasive and less likely to spread than melanomas, but they still need to be diagnosed, treated, and prevented.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It is classified as … Read More

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