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Disease profile: Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that is fatal in all cases. The disease begins with minor symptoms but progresses into a disabling condition that typically ends a person’s life within twenty years of their diagnosis. Knowledge of the disease in India is severely lacking, translating not only to public awareness but also including …

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Disease profile: Hypertension

Raised blood pressure — or hypertension — is considered the leading risk factor for morbidity and mortality in India. The condition places an individual at a heightened risk for a number of conditions, predominantly cardiac disease — India’s most common cause of death. Despite being one of the conditions of greatest concern in India, many …

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Disease profile: Hepatitis C

Hepatitis is a viral disease that can cause long-lasting damage to the liver. Though the disease is typically spread through blood-to-blood contact, it can be contracted — albeit relatively rarely — through unprotected sex. In India, hepatitis is a concerning disease due to the fact that it is rarely diagnosed. This allows for long-term damage …

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Disease profile: Mumps

Mumps is an acute viral infection that predominantly affects young children. The disease can lead to severe complications including deafness, orchitis, oophoritis, pancreatitis and meningoencephalitis. The disease is entirely vaccine preventable, though the vaccine is currently not part of India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). Consequently the vaccine is available for private purchase, but its provision …

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Disease Profile: Leprosy

While leprosy was declared eliminated in India in 2005, such a large population allows for the definition of one case per 10,000 population to still maintain a substantial number of individuals who still suffer from the disease. Current reports may even indicate the disease is showing a resurgence. However, this has been disputed by the …

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Disease profile: Celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition which involves an immune reaction to the gluten protein, commonly found in wheat, barley and rye products. This immune reaction results in inflammation of the small intestine, which can result in digestive issues and problems such as diarrhoea and anaemia. Awareness of the disease in India is at critically …

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