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What causes legionnaires disease?

What causes legionnaires disease?

Legionella sp.: Legionella pneumophilia is the bacteria that causes legionaires' disease. It was first recognized when it caused an epidemic of pneumonia at a pennsylvania state american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976. Thus the name. ...Read more

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What causes creutzfeldt-jakob disease?

What causes creutzfeldt-jakob disease?

Prion disease: Creutzfeld jakob is a disease caused by what are referred to as prions. These are small 'virus-like"(but not actual viruses) segments of genetic material that can be transmitted by eating raw flesh infected with the disease(occurs in cannibals) or transmitted via poorly decontaminated surgical equipment that had been exposed to such. ...Read more

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What causes Lyme disease?

What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi: This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick. ...Read more

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What is meningococcal disease?

What  is meningococcal disease?

Bacterial meningitis: The bacterium that causes the most severe and contagious form of meningtis is round, and the word "coccus" is used to describe round (or spherical) bacteria. The word"meningococcus" is a nickname for the bacterium, but the proper scientific name is neisseria meningitidis. ...Read more

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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning.In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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What causes psittacosis disease?

What causes psittacosis disease?

Infection: Psittacosis is the name given to infection with chlamydia psittaci organism which spreads from pet birds, most commonly parrots, macaws, cockatiels etc. Birds also get sick from this infection, and can pass it to humans. Infection is most common in lungs (pneumonia) but can also spread to the blood stream. Effective antibiotic therapy with tetracyclines can cure the infection. ...Read more

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What causes Hodgkin disease?

What causes Hodgkin disease?

Cause of Hodgkin's: Hodgkin's disease is of unclear etiology. A clone of B lymphocytes undergoes a genetic mutation(possibly caused by a virus) and begins to proliferate without control. The body's immune system reacts to these abnormal cells in the lymph nodes and causes the nodes to swell. The disease can also involve the spleen, liver, bone marrow, and other organs when advanced. The treatment is usually curative. ...Read more

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What causes Newcastle disease?

What causes Newcastle disease?

A virus: Newcastle Disease is caused by a virus that can be deadly for many species of birds and which may cause mild flu- like symptoms in humans. ...Read more

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What disease does Neisseria meningitidis cause?

What disease does Neisseria meningitidis cause?

Meningitis : This strain of Neisseria is responsible for bacterial meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain) that can be fatal if not treated immediately. ...Read more

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What causes hodgkin's disease?

What causes hodgkin's disease?

Hypothesis: Hodgkins cells are likely derived from germinal center b cells that have undergone mutations in the immunoglobulin variable chain. ...Read more

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What causes Chagas disease?

What causes Chagas disease?

Chagas' disease: It is an organism called trypanosoma cruzi. Read the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease ...Read more

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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

Unknown: That is a billion or trillion dollar question. We know that when people have Alzheimer's parts of their brains die off in a certain order and cause specific symptoms. A myeloid plaques and tau tangles are found in people's brains. But we still don't know exactly what triggers the disease. ...Read more

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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

Nobody knows: In most cases, it is not clear what are the causes of alzheimer's disease. In some cases, the cause is an abnormal gene but that is true in only about 5% of people with alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read more

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What causes Panner's disease?

What causes Panner's disease?

Panner's disease: Panner's Disease is also referred to as "Little Leaguer Elbow" & can be due to throwing a ball excessively. ...Read more

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What causes Perthes disease?

What causes Perthes disease?

Leg Calve Perthes: Disease can be isolated or familial. Avascular necrosis of the femoral head occurs in growing children. The familial type, caused by heterozygous mutation in the COL2A1 gene on chromosome 12q13, is thought to be multi-factorial, with a recurrence rate of ~3%. LCPD is commonly seen in kids aged 4-10 years, some say 2-12, & is more common in boys than girls. ...Read more

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What causes wilson's disease?

What causes wilson's disease?

Genes: Wilson's disease is due to mutations in the wilson disease protein (atp7b) gene. Wilson's - konovalov's disease or hepatolenticular degeneration is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues like the liver and cornea; this manifests as neurological or psychiatric symptoms and liver disease. It is treated with medication and sometimes liver transplant. ...Read more

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What causes Gaucher's disease?

What causes Gaucher's disease?

Inherited: Gaucher's disease GD is an inherited / genetic metabolic disorder that causes an enzyme deficiency. This deficiency disables the process that allows for the breakdown of a class of compounds called glycolipids causing them to accumulate in abnormal concentration in various organs resulting in damage to these organs. ...Read more