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    Vocal nodules

    Vocal nodules typically make your voice hoarse, and it may sound raspy and breathy too. These small non-cancerous growths usually go away if you rest...

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    It is normal for vision to gradually get worse with age. Some medical conditions further affect your vision: Age-related macular degeneration makes o...

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    Lazy eye (amblyopia) in children

    Amblyopia is a common vision problem in children. It is caused when one eye provides sharper images than the other eye does. Because the brain prefer...

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    Melanoma skin cancer often looks like a dark mole. It can grow fast and spread to other parts of the body (metastasis). The treatment options mainly ...

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    Non-melanoma skin cancer

    There are two kinds of non-melanoma skin cancer. They are much more common than melanoma skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer grows very slowly, onl...

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    Seborrheic dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a non-infectious skin condition. It leads to scaly patches of skin with oily dandruff-like flakes, especially on the face an...

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    Allergic contact dermatitis

    In allergic contact dermatitis, the immune system overreacts to certain substances – sometimes to very small amounts – that generally don’t cause sev...

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    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Inflamed, painful joints and decreased mobility may be signs of rheumatoid arthritis, but they could be caused by osteoarthritis too. Read about the ...

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    Dislocated kneecap

    When a kneecap is dislocated, it comes out of the groove that it normally fits into. This is painful and may look frightening. It mainly happens duri...

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    Metastatic breast cancer

    Sometimes breast cancer is only detected when it has already spread to other parts of the body (metastasis). With well-planned and individualized tre...

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    Wrist injuries

    Breaking a fall with your hands can sometimes lead to a wrist injury. If the wrist joint is overstretched or bent too far, the joint capsule, ligamen...