Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Abdominal Pain

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a clinical condition characterised by altered bowel habits and abdominal pain without the presence of any underlying bowel pathology. It is a fairly common condition and reports by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK have estimated the prevalence in the general population…

Shingles is a Viral Infection that is caused by Varicella Zoster Virus

Shingles is a viral infection that is caused by Varicella zoster virus. It is characterized by a painful lesions (vesicles) and a rash along the distribution of a nerve or nerves, and occurs due to reactivation of the virus that has lain dormant in the body since a childhood attack…

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a worldwide public health problem that affects millions of people. There are primarily two types – Type I and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Epidemiological studies estimate that nearly 3 million people in the United Kingdom and nearly 26 million people in the United States have type 2…

Psoriasis is a Skin Disorder

Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterized by the presence of scaly plaques on the surface of the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back and even on the penis. More advanced cases of psoriasis can involve the joints and eyes as well. There are different kinds of psoriasis but in this…

Hypertension is High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is high blood pressure. It is a common medical condition where the high blood pressure can be either due to no cause or due to a number of causes. Hypertension is a risk factor for the development of stroke and is also a cause for heart disease. Epidemiological studies…