Blood Agglutination

Blood agglutination simply refers to the sticking together of erythrocytes as a result of antigen-antibody interaction. Proteins on the surface of the blood cells act as antigens, while antibodies in the plasma of some other blood types act to cause these cells to stick together (www.nutralegacy.com).

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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of inhereted diseases that causes voluntary muscles to progressively weaken, and in some cases the heart and other organs are also affected. This disorder affects people of all ages, all sexes, and vary in inheritance patterns, age of onset, muscles attacked, and the progression of the disease. Symptoms include weakeing of muscles, obesity, joint contractures, delayed development of coordination and msucle skills, cataracts, balding, drooping eyelids, atrophies, and mental impairment.

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Temporomandibular Joint

The most common cause of facial pain is temporomandibular joint and muscular disorder (TMTJ), which causes recurrent or chronic pain or dysfunction in the jaw joint and its associated muscles and supporting tissues. TMTJ is the second most commonly occurring musculoskeletal condition resulting in pain in disability, second after chronic low back pain, affecting approximately five to fifteen percent of the population according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, with an annual cost estimated at around four billion. About half to two-thirds of those with TMJ disorder will seek treatment. Among these, approximately fifteen percent will develop chronic TMTJ.

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Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a devastating disorder that causes uncontrollable sleepiness and muscle weakness. It is the abnormal, uncontrollable tendency to sleep during the day. Someone with narcolepsy experiences episodes of uncontrollable sleepiness that may occur several times during a day. It usually occurs after eating, but may occur at any time, each sleep episode lasts for about fifteen minutes. The person then awakens refreshed, only to become tired within the next hour or so. I can somewhat relate to how narcoleptics feel because I have a somewhat similar, only not as severe sleeping disorder, sleep paralysis.

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What are Colonoscopies?

The topic of this interest paper is colonoscopies. I chose this topic because I had to have a colonoscopy last year. It was an unpleasant yet interesting experience that I would like to learn more about because I may have to have another one next year.

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