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Spotlight On… Shingles

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Written by: Deen Kurrimbux

Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster).

There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually appears: the sides along the waistline and along the facial region of the head. Shingles can affect anyone at any age.

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Spotlight On… Vasculitis

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Written by: Deen Kurrimbux

Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels. The result of inflammation is due to the immune system’s reaction to infection or damage. The blood vessels leak plasma (a blood constituent) causing the surrounding cells to swell up isolating any potential micro-organism. Vasculitis is an auto-immune disease meaning that the body’s immune system will attack the blood vessels by mistake. There are factors, however, that will trigger this response: it could be medicinal, an infection of pre-existing medical conditional. More than half of cases are idiopathic (unknown cause). (more…)

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