Nightmares are frightening dreams linked with fear, terror, or anxiety and they seem real, often becoming more frightening as the dream reveals. Nightmares are usually nothing to worry about, but they might become a problem if people experience them frequently, causing them to fear going to sleep or keeping them from sleeping well.
Nightmares are common and they start in childhood then decrease after the age of ten; however, ... more
The excessive collection of items and the inability to discard them is called hoarding. Usually, hoarding creates cramped living conditions, in which homes could be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people may also collect animals and keep dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions.
Also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, hoarding could be a symptom of ... more
ALL (Acute lymphocytic leukemia) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow, which is the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. In acute lymphocytic leukemia, the "acute" refers to the fact that the disease affects immature blood cells and progresses rapidly. Lymphocytic refers to the white blood cells, which are called lymphocytes that this condition affects.
Treatments for acute lymphocytic leukemia ... more
Located at the base of the neck just below Adam's apple, the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland. When the thyroid gland grows larger than normal, it means that a person has a condition called goiter. Although painless, a large goiter could cause a cough and make it difficult to swallow or breathe.
A lack of iodine in the diet is the most common cause of goiter worldwide. This condition could also be due to nodules that ... more
One of the arthritis types is known as pseudogout that commonly takes place in older adults mostly affecting the knee, resulting in abrupt painful swelling in one or more of the joints. These episodes could last for days or even weeks. This condition took its name from its similarity to gout. Like gout, pseudogout causes sudden, severe pain in a joint, triggered by crystals in the joint lining. But while gout affects big toe joint, pseudogout ... more
The chronic inflammatory disorder that most typically affects the small joints in the hands and feet is a condition called rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis.
When the immune system mistakenly attacks one's own body tissues, rheumatoid arthritis occurs, ... more