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Acne

The Facts Acne is an inflammation of the skin that causes blackheads, whiteheads, and red spots usually called “pimples” or “zits.” The most common

Actinic Keratosis

The Facts Actinic keratosis (AK) is a lesion that forms on sun-damaged skin. The lesions are small scaly patches on parts of the body,

Addison’s Disease

The Facts Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency, is a rare condition that affects the body’s hormonal activity. It is estimated that

Adolescent Suicide

The Facts Note: This article is not intended as a replacement for suicide counselling. If you or someone you know may be at risk

Agoraphobia

The Facts Agoraphobia, meaning “fear of the marketplace” in Greek, is a type of anxiety disorder. It’s a condition where a person feels intensely

Alcoholism

The Facts It is estimated that about three-quarters of the population drink alcohol. Of this number, about 4 to 5 million Canadians will find

Allergic Rhinitis

The Facts Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever or pollinosis, literally means “allergic nose inflammation,” where rhino means “to do with the nose” and

Alopecia

The Facts Alopecia refers to hair loss from any part of the body for any reason. There are several types, ranging from thinning hair

Altitude Sickness

The Facts The higher you go above sea level, the less oxygen there is to breathe. When you reach elevations above 2,000 metres (6,500

Alzheimer’s Disease

The Facts Alzheimer’s disease has a major impact on the health of Canadians. About 560,000 Canadians suffer from some type of dementia (mental deterioration),

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

The Facts Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a motor neuron disease. It’s caused when the motor

Andropause

The Facts Testosterone is the hormone responsible for deep voices, muscle mass, and facial and body hair patterns found in males. As men get

Anemia

The Facts Anemia is a condition where the number of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the blood is lower than normal. RBCs transport

Anemia of Inflammation

The Facts The blood that circulates throughout the body performs a number of critical functions. It delivers oxygen, removes carbon dioxide, and carries life-sustaining

Aneurysm

The Facts An aneurysm is a weak point in a blood vessel wall, most commonly in an artery. Blood pressure tends to push the

Angina

The Facts Angina (also called angina pectoris) is chest pain that appears when the muscle cells of the heart don’t get enough blood to

Angioplasty

The Facts Angioplasty is a technique for reopening narrowed or blocked arteries in the heart (coronary arteries) without major surgery. First used in 1977,

Ankylosing Spondylitis

The Facts Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints of the spine. The most common areas affected

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