Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints, although it can also compromise other organs. There is definitely a genetic component, but its cause is unknown.

It principally manifests as pain and inflammation in the joints (hands, feet, shoulders, knees, etc.) and morning stiffness. It can be accompanied by fever, general malaise, and/or fatigue. 

Untreated rheumatoid arthritis can end up causing a deterioration and deformity of the affected joints, which can cause serious disabilities. However, the early diagnosis we often perform and the quantity of drugs we have available today mean that most patients with rheumatoid arthritis can lead a practically normal life. For rheumatoid arthritis to have a good clinical evolution, an early diagnosis is very important, starting treatment as soon as possible. This is because the first years during which the illness presents are key for improving the prognosis and evolution of these patients.

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Creation date: 14.03.2022, 08:47
Modification date: 27.05.2022, 14:59
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EEG Electroencephalography

Electroencephalography (EEG) records the electrical activity in the brain. During an EEG various electrodes are placed on the patient's skin to record brain activity.

An EEG can be performed under different conditions: With the patient asleep or even subjected to stimulus such as a flashing light, or after breathing deeply to introduce metabolic changes that reveal an area of the brain with unusual brain activity.

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Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 30.01.2022, 19:12
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Spinal tap

Spinal taps are used to extract samples from the cerebrospinal fluid, which is a substance that surrounds the brain and spinal column and protects them from possible injuries. This contact means that when there is a process that affects these body parts, the liquid is altered and we can detect it by analysing it.

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Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 30.01.2022, 19:35
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Health tips for people looking after someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative illness.

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Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 01.02.2022, 18:38
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