Chronic Diseases

How HIV became a treatable, chronic disease

It has been almost 35 years since the world was introduced to the term AIDS. In the 1980s, researchers and physicians were trying to understand what was causing waves of strange infections and discovered it was a new virus ...

Dec 02, 2015
popularity11 comments 0

Uptravi approved for chronic lung disease

(HealthDay)—Uptravi (selexipag) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disabling lung disease that often leads to death or the need for lung transplant.

Dec 22, 2015
popularity1 comments 0

Can pharmacists help fill the growing primary care gap?

By 2020 157 million people in the US will be living with at least one chronic health condition. As the number of Americans managing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol increases, the ranks of primary ...

Jan 05, 2016
popularity75 comments 1

CEO challenge spurs workers to adopt healthy practices

(HealthDay)—The American Cancer Society's Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Challenge can increase implementation of health promotion practices, according to a study published in the Dec. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for ...

Dec 22, 2015
popularity0 comments 0

Does living alone make you thinner?

Score one for the singles crowd. People who live alone tend to be thinner than married couples or co-habitors, according to research out of Western Washington University.

Dec 16, 2015
popularity1 comments 0

A chronic disease is a disease or other human health condition that is persistent or long-lasting in nature. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include asthma, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

In medicine, the opposite of chronic is acute. A chronic course is further distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between.

While often referred to as "non-communicable diseases", also usually lasting medical conditions, the latter are distinguished by their non-infectious cause. In contrast, some chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, are caused by transmissible infections.

This text uses material from Wikipedia licensed under CC BY-SA

Latest Spotlight News

The amazing axon adventure

How does the brain make connections, and how does it maintain them? Cambridge neuroscientists and mathematicians are using a variety of techniques to understand how the brain 'wires up', and what it might be able to tell ...