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Asperger’s Syndrome / Disorder

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. What Is Asperger Syndrome? Asperger syndrome is one of several previously separate subtypes of autism that were folded into the single diagnosis autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with the …

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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome / Disorder

Au·tism ˈôˌtizəm/noun a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. 2. : a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to …

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Asthma & Bronchitis

Asthma Asthma is a common disease causing inflammation in the airways of our lungs. Wheezing, difficulty in breathing, short breathing, cough and chest tightness are the common symptoms.   Bronchitis It is an inflammation of the air passages leading to the lungs. There are many causes for bronchitis, like viruses, bacteria, dust, smoke, polluted air …

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What are Circadian Rhythms in Humans?

What is the definition of circadian rhythm? Often referred to as the “body clock”, the circadian rhythm is a cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, rise, eat–regulating many physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight and temperature. A circadian rhythm /sɜːrˈkeɪdiən/ is any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours. …

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Arm Pain or Injuries

What causes pain in the arm? Arm pain. Arm pain is defined as discomfort or pain experienced anywhere throughout the arm, and it can include pain in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Arm pain can occur due to a variety of different causes. The most common causes are injury or overuse. Definition. By Mayo Clinic Staff. Arm pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems, ranging from joint injuries to …

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Arthritis

ar·thri·tis ärˈTHrīdəs/ noun painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and …

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Anxiety Disorders

anx·i·e·ty aNGˈzīədē/ noun a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. “he felt a surge of anxiety” synonyms: worry, concern, apprehension, apprehensiveness, uneasiness, unease, fearfulness, fear, disquiet, disquietude, inquietude, perturbation,  agitation, angst, misgiving, nervousness, nerves, tension, tenseness.    Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and …

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alz·hei·mer’s ˈältsˌhīmərz/ noun noun: Alzheimer’s Disease a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, …

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ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease

(ALS), is a highly degenerative disease affecting the nervous system. ALS hinders the power of the brain to pass messages to the voluntary muscles as the muscle neurons start degenerating. Lou Gehrig’s disease, otherwise known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a highly degenerative disease affecting the nervous system. ALS hinders the power of the brain to pass messages …

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ACE – Adverse Childhood Experiences

  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. … ACEs include: Physical abuse. What does adverse childhood experiences mean? Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can …

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