Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Nine monkeypox cases confirmed in United States

Nine cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in seven states as of Wednesday, and there are likely to be more cases as a worldwide outbreak continues, U.S. health officials say.


Seizure-related emergency visits dropped in early pandemic period

During the early pandemic period, there was a decrease in seizure-related emergency department visits, which almost returned to prepandemic levels for almost all age groups by the end of 2020, according to research published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How dangerous is monkeypox?

Monkeypox, which is normally encountered in Central and Western Africa, has spread to more than a dozen countries, including the United States. Cases in the current outbreak now number in the hundreds. This has fueled more ...


New liver and kidney disease identified

Scientists have identified a new disease in a ground-breaking discovery that could help patients with unexplained liver and kidney problems.

Medical research

COVID vaccine development was quick. What's holding HIV back?

While multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines were developed with astonishing speed, it has been more than 40 years since University of Rochester alumnus Michael Gottlieb, M.D., first described the disease that became known ...

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A disease or medical problem is an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs bodily functions, associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by external factors, such as invading organisms, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases.

In human beings, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes extreme pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories.

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