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Myelo Dysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

Myelo dysplastic syndrome (MDS) is often called as bone marrow disorders. It is defined as group of blood disorders wherein the healthy blood cells in the body is interrupted. Most of the time, these are productive blood cells which are defective and were unable to do their jobs. These blood cells are often destroyed before it can even enter the bloodstream thus most of the patients who suffer from MDS have low blood count with very limited cells in their blood.

All three blood cells in the body are affected by MDS which includes red blood cells, white blood cells and even the platelets.

What are the Different Types of MDS?

There are two common types of MDS. These are refractory anemia and refractory anemia with excess blasts.

The rest of the classifications are as follow

  • refractory cytopenia with unilineage dysplasia
  • refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts
  • refractory anemia with excess blasts-1
  • refractory anemia with excess blasts-2
  • myelodyplastic syndrome associated with isolated

    bone marrow

    Source : wikipedia

Cushing Syndrome

Cushing Syndrome is a disease which is not exclusive to human alone but extends to other mammals like dogs and horses. It is characterized as the condition wherein high level of cortisol is produced in the blood which results to rapid weight gain particularly in the face and trunk.

Cushing Syndrome Symptoms

  • Telangiectasia or the dilation of capillaries
  • Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
  • Hirsutism or the appearance of facial male pattern hair growth
  • Baldness
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Central Obesity

This is commonly known as belly fat but clinically referred to as central obesity since the fat is accumulated in the waist area of the body.

This is characterized by the occurrence of fat pads on the back of the neck and along the color bone which resembles that of a buffalo hump.

cortisol and Systematic (IUPAC) name

Source : wikipedia

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are complex and are typically characterized by their extremes. A person with eating disorder can either be overeating or under-eating. These eating disorders can occur in varying intensity and over a varying period of time. People of both sexes and all ages can experience eating disorder. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from chronic eating disorders. This usually happens due to very high levels of stress or due to unhealthy eating practices motivated by ones weight and body shape. Usually, such disorders are of low intensity as in the person’ food intake increases or reduces gradually but with the passage of time, the person starts to either too much or too less. Despite years of scientific research, the human community has not been able to fully comprehend the biological, behavioral and social reasons for eating disorders

Eating Disorders Facts and Statistics

About 8 million Americans have one form of eating disorder. One in every 200 Americans women suffers from anorexia while two to three women in 100 American women suffers from bulimia. Around 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males. About 20% of people suffering from anorexia die prematurely because of complications related to their disorder. This also includes people with heart problems and those committing suicide.


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Itchy skin is very common skin condition for both the sexes and people of all ages can suffer from an itchy skin. Itchy skin usually leads to severe discomfort especially in a social setting. As the name indicates, itchy skin is very often accompanied by a desire to keep scratching the surface of the skin. Though such scratching may seem to provide a temporary relief, it may as well increase the underlying complications of the disease. Itchy skin is also medically referred to as pruritus and may be a result of psoriasis or dermatitis. Itchy skin can either occur throughout an individual’s body or may be concentrated in one particular part of the patient’s body.

Itchy Skin Causes

There are different itchy skin causes. The most common itchy skin cause is said to be dry skin and this condition occurs when the skin is exposed to cold and dry outdoors and also warm and dry indoors.


Source : wikipedia

Itchy skin can be a result of skin conditions, rashes, internal diseases, nerve disorders, irritation and allergic reactions, drugs and pregnancy. Eczema (dermatitis), hives, scabies, psoriasis, chickenpox, lice and dermatographism are known to cause itchy skin.