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mayoclinic 27 Mar 2008 60

Rickets is the softening and weakening of bones in children, usually because of an extreme and prolonged vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential in promoting absorption of calcium and phosphor..


mayoclinic 27 Mar 2008 299

Osteomalacia refers to a softening of your bones, most often caused by a vitamin D deficiency. In children, this condition is called rickets. Soft bones are more likely to bow and fracture than are ha..

Whooping Cough

mayoclinic 07 Mar 2008 337

Whooping cough — known medically as pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, p..


mayoclinic 20 Feb 2008 316

Elephantiasis is characterized by the gross enlargement of a limb or areas of the trunk or head. There is an abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues (edema) causing severe swelling. The s..


mayoclinic 19 Feb 2008 285

Every year, more than 60,000 Americans die of pneumonia — an inflammation of the lungs that's usually caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi or other organisms. Pneumonia is a particular co..

Heart Transplant Process

mayoclinic 16 Feb 2008 486

Many members of the heart transplant group evaluate the eligibility of the potential transplant candidate. This group includes a transplant cardiologist and surgeon and, in some cases, consultants in ..

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