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Achromatopsia Support Group

Achromatopsia is a non-progressive and hereditary visual disorder which is characterized by the absence of color vision, decreased vision, light sensitivity, and nystagmus.

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Acne Support Group

Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin.

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Actinic Keratosis Support Group

An actinic keratosis (AK), also known as a solar keratosis, is a crusty, scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. You'll often see the plural, "keratoses," because there is seldom just one. AK is considered a precancer because if left alone, it could develop into a skin cancer, most often the second most common form of the disease, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

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Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Support Group

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), or acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis, is a rare autoimmune disease marked by a sudden, widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

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Addison's Disease Support Group

Addison's disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency and hypocortisolism, is a long-term endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough steroid hormones.

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AFib Support Group

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

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Agoraphobia Support Group

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives their environment to be unsafe with no easy way to escape.

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Allergy Support Group

Allergy symptoms occur when your immune system overreacts to an allergen--something that usually is harmless, such as plant pollen, dust mites, molds, insect stings or food.

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ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Support Group

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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Alzheimer's Disease Support Group

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive form of dementia that interferes with memory, thinking, and behavior.

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Anemia Support Group

Anemia is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis Support Group

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes inflammation between your vertebrae, which are the bones that make up your spine, and in the joints between your spine and pelvis.

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Anorexia Nervosa Support Group

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image.

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Anxiety Support Group

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.

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Aplastic Anemia Support Group

Aplastic anaemia is a rare disease in which the bone marrow and the hematopoietic stem cells that reside there are damaged.

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Asperger Syndrome Support Group

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

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Asthma Support Group

Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs.[3] It is characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

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Autism Support Group

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

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Autoimmune Disease Support Group

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.

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Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease Support Group

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys.

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Bile Duct Cancer Support Group

Cancer of the bile duct is a rare cancer. It is also called cholangiocarcinoma. It develops when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way.

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Bipolar Disorder Support Group

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood.

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Brain Cancer/Tumor Support Group

Learn about the types of brain cancer. There are more than 120 types of brain tumors, with the most common primary brain tumors being gliomas.

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Breast Cancer Support Group

Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin.

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Bronchitis Support Group

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs.

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Bulimia Nervosa Support Group

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by a cycle of bingeing, self-induced vomiting and other compensatory behaviors such as starving designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Support Group

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist.

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Castleman Disease Support Group

Castleman disease is a rare disorder that involves an overgrowth of cells in your body's lymph nodes.

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Cataracts Support Group

A cataract is an eye disease in which the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, causing a decrease in vision.

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Celiac Disease Support Group

Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can't eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine.

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Central Precocious Puberty Support Group

Central precocious puberty is a condition that causes early sexual development in girls and boys.

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Cervical Cancer Support Group

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix -- the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Support Group

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn't go away with rest and can't be explained by an underlying medical condition.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Support Group

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

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Cirrhosis Support Group

Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism.

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Claudication Support Group

Claudication is a medical term usually referring to impairment in walking, or pain, discomfort, numbness, or tiredness in the legs that occurs during walking or standing and is relieved by rest.

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Cluster Headaches Support Group

Cluster headache is a rare primary headache disorder that consists of severe headaches on one side of the head.

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Colorectal Cancer Support Group

Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as bowel cancer and colon cancer, is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine).

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Support Group

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury.

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Congenital Heart Defect Support Group

Congenital heart disease (congenital heart defect) is one or more abnormalities in your heart's structure that you're born with.

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Coronary Artery Disease Support Group

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Support Group

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million per year worldwide

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Crohn's Disease Support Group

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

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Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Support Group

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a rare type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells and attacks the skin.

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Cystic Fibrosis Support Group

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

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Deafness Support Group

Hearing impairment, deafness, or hearing loss refers to the total or partial inability to hear sounds. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

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Degenerative Disc Disease Support Group

Degenerative disc disease is an age-related condition that happens when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column deteriorates or breaks down, leading to pain.

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Depression Support Group

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.

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Dermatomyositis Support Group

Dermatomyositis is one of the inflammatory myopathies, a group of muscle diseases that involves inflammation of the muscles or associated tissues, such as the blood vessels that supply the muscles.

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Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.

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Diverticular Disease Support Group

Diverticular disease is the general name for a common condition that causes small bulges (diverticula) or sacs to form in the wall of the large intestine (colon).

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Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) Support Group

Trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, is the most common chromosomal anomaly in humans and can cause intellectual disabilities and health issues.

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Dry Eye Support Group

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Consequences of dry eyes range from subtle but constant eye irritation to significant inflammation and even scarring of the front surface of the eye.

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Dupuytren's Contracture Support Group

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition in which fibrous tissue grows in the palm of the hand and attaches to the tendon sheaths, pulling the fingers in toward the middle of the hand.

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Eczema Support Group

Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is also called dermatitis. Most types cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.

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Endometriosis Support Group

Endometriosis occurs when bits of the tissue that lines the uterus (endometrium) grow on other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes. Outside the uterus, endometrial tissue thickens and bleeds, just as the normal endometrium does during the menstrual cycle.

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Support Group

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic disorder of the digestive system in which large numbers of a particular type of white blood cell called eosinophils are present in the esophagus.

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Epilepsy Support Group

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Support Group

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

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Erythromelalgia (EM) Support Group

Erythromelalgia, formerly known as Mitchell's disease, is a rare vascular peripheral pain disorder in which blood vessels, usually in the lower extremities or hands, are episodically blocked (frequently on and off daily), then become hyperemic and inflamed.

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Esophageal Cancer Support Group

The esophagus is a hollow muscular tube that's responsible for moving food from the throat to the stomach. Esophageal cancer can occur when a malignant tumor forms in the lining of the esophagus.

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Fibromyalgia Support Group

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

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Gastric Cancer Support Group

Stomach cancer begins when cancer cells form in the inner lining of your stomach. These cells can grow into a tumor. Also called gastric cancer, the disease usually grows slowly over many years.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) Support Group

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD.

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Gaucher Disease (GD) Support Group

Gaucher disease is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the deposition of glucocerebroside in cells of the macrophage-monocyte system. The disorder results from the deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase.

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Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) Support Group

Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis, is an inflammatory disease affecting the large blood vessels of the scalp, neck and arms. Inflammation causes a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels, which interrupts blood flow. The disease is commonly associated with polymyalgia rheumatica.

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Glaucoma Support Group

Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain.

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Goiter Support Group

A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland that causes the neck to swell. It is one of the most common thyroid disorders. Goiters are often harmless but symptoms can occur, and treatment may be required depending on the size and type of goiter.

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Gout Support Group

Gout is a common, painful form of arthritis. It causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Gout happens when uric acid builds up in your body. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of substances called purines.

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Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) Support Group

Growth hormone (GH) deficiency is the most common pituitary hormone deficiency in children and can be isolated or accompanied by deficiency of other pituitary hormones. Growth hormone deficiency typically results in abnormally slow growth and short stature with normal proportions.

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Hashimoto's Disease Support Group

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. With this disease, your immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid becomes damaged and can't make enough thyroid hormones.

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Heart Attack Support Group

A heart attack occurs when an artery supplying your heart with blood and oxygen becomes blocked. Fatty deposits build up over time, forming plaques in your heart's arteries. If a plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form and block your arteries, causing a heart attack.

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Heart Disease Support Group

Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke.

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Hemophilia Support Group

Hemophilia is a rare disorder in which your blood doesn't clot normally because it lacks sufficient blood-clotting proteins (clotting factors). If you have hemophilia, you may bleed for a longer time after an injury than you would if your blood clotted normally.

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Hemorrhoids Support Group

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes, although often the cause is unknown. They may result from straining during bowel movements or from the increased pressure on these veins during pregnancy.

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Hepatitis (A, B, & C) Support Group

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis.

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Hereditary Angiodema (HAE) Support Group

Hereditary angioedema is a disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of severe swelling. The most common areas of the body to develop swelling are the limbs, face, intestinal tract, and airway. Minor trauma or stress may trigger an attack, but swelling often occurs without a known trigger.

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HIV/AIDS Support Group

Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

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Human Papillomavirus Support Group

Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most sexually active men and women being exposed to the virus at some point during their lifetime.

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Huntington's Disease (HD) Support Group

Huntington's disease is an inherited, progressive neurodengenerative disease. It causes slow loss of brain cells and symptoms including dementia.

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Hyperbilirubinemia Support Group

Hyperbilirubinemia is a condition in which there is too much bilirubin in the blood. When red blood cells break down, a substance called bilirubin is formed. Babies are not easily able to get rid of the bilirubin and it can build up in the blood and other tissues and fluids of the baby's body.

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Hypervolemic Hyponatremia Support Group

Hypervolemic hyponatremia in the presence of edema indicates increased total body sodium and water. The three main causes of hypervolemic hyponatremia are congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, and renal diseases such as renal failure and nephrotic syndrome.

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Hypoparathyroidism Support Group

Hypoparathyroidism is the state of decreased secretion or activity of parathyroid hormone (PTH). This leads to decreased blood levels of calcium (hypocalcemia) and increased levels of blood phosphorus (hyperphosphatemia).

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Hypothyroidism Support Group

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones. Women, especially those older than age 60, are more likely to have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body.

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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a type of lung disease that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs for an unknown reason. Over time, the scarring gets worse and it becomes hard to take in a deep breath and the lungs cannot take in enough oxygen.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Support Group

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. This condition causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.

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Insomnia Support Group

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep, wake up often during the night and have trouble going back to sleep.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Support Group

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term.

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Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Support Group

Juvenile arthritis is a disease in which there is inflammation (swelling) of the synovium in children aged 16 or younger. The synovium is the tissue that lines the inside of joints. Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease.

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Leukemia Support Group

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Leukemia begins in a cell in the bone marrow.

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Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Support Group

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain whose changes, in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood.

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Liver Cancer Support Group

Liver Cancer is the growth and spread of unhealthy cancer cells in the liver.

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Lung Cancer Support Group

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs. Two major types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Causes of lung cancer include smoking, secondhand smoke, exposure to certain toxins, and family history.

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Lupus Support Group

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems -- including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

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Lyme Disease Support Group

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria named Borrelia spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred.

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Lymphoma Support Group

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body.

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Lynch Syndrome Support Group

Lynch syndrome, often called hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, particularly cancers of the colon (large intestine) and rectum, which are collectively referred to as colorectal cancer.

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Macular Degeneration Support Group

Macular degeneration is an eye condition mostly affecting older adults over the age of 65, and is the leading cause of vision loss for older adults. It causes problems seeing objects clearly.

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Menopause Support Group

Menopause is a natural biological process in a woman's life when her period stops and marks the end of her ability to have children. Lower hormones can lead to unpleasant symptoms and changes in the body.

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Mesothelioma Support Group

Mesothelioma is a tumor of the tissue that lines the lungs. Malignant (cancerous) mesothelioma is usually caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers.

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Microvascular Angina (MVA) Support Group

Microvascular angina is a type of chest pain due to a lack of oxygenated blood reaching the heart muscle and is a sign of coronary microvascular disease.

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Migraine Support Group

A migraine headache is a recurring type of headache that tends to occur along with other sensory symptoms. These symptoms can vary between people and even between migraine attacks suffered by the same person.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Support Group

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also called chemical injury, chemical sensitivity, environmental illness (EI), sick building syndrome, idiopathic environmental intolerance, and multiple allergy, is a condition that causes a severe allergy-like, sensitivity reaction to many types of pollutants.

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Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Multiple myeloma is cancer that begins in the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. Plasma cells make proteins that help the body fight disease by producing antibodies.

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.

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Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Support Group

In people with myelodysplastic syndromes, there is damage/alteration to some of the cells in the bone marrow which causes problems when making blood cells. Some of the cells that are made may not mature/develop properly and are defective.

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Narcolepsy Support Group

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition affecting sleep. It causes extreme daytime tiredness and sudden, uncontrollable episodes of sleep. Narcolepsy alters the brain's ability to control the body's sleep-wake cycles.

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Neurofibromatosis (NF) Support Group

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system. It causes tumors to form on the nerve tissue, affecting how the nerve cells grow. Tumors occurring on nerves are called neurofibromas.

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Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) Support Group

Niemann-Pick disease is an inherited condition that affects many different parts of the body. It is considered a lysosomal storage disorder because people with NPD have lysosomes (the cell's recycling center) that cannot break down certain types of fats. This causes undigested fat molecules and other harmful substances to build up in cells throughout the body, resulting in a variety of symptoms.

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Support Group

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition characterized by too much fat built up and stored in liver cells. This buildup of fat is not due to the common, heavy use of alcohol. Fat deposits may keep the liver from functioning properly or removing toxins from the blood.

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Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Support Group

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a condition in which excess fat in the liver cells cause inflammation and damage. It is an advanced form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Support Group

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), also known as environmental mycobacteria, atypical mycobacteria, and mycobacteria other than tuberculosis, are organisms that are found naturally in water and soil. Lung infection from nontuberculous mycobacteria happens when one inhales the organism within the environment.

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Obesity Support Group

Obesity is a condition marked by excess accumulation of body fat. Genetic factors play a role in the development of obesity, but so do behavioral factors - especially overeating and exercising too little.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic, anxiety disorder that causes one to have intrusive, unreasonable, and recurring thoughts (obsessions). These obsessions cause people to engage in repetitive, ritualistic behaviors (compulsions).

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Opioid Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Support Group

Substance use disorder refers to the repeated misuse of alcohol and/or drugs. This alcohol or drug misuse results in health problems, disability, and difficulties in work, school, and/or home and is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Opioid use disorder (opioid addiction) is a substance use disorder involving the recurrent misuse of opioids.

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Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC) Support Group

Opioids are a major class of pain-relieving medications. One of the most common side effects of opioids is constipation, with incidence ranging from 40-80%.

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Osteoarthritis (OA) Support Group

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and is characterized by the breakdown of join cartilage- leading to pain, stiffness, and disability. It is sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease or "wear and tear" arthritis.

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Osteoporosis Support Group

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to weaken and become fragile - sometimes fracturing from little to no impact. Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as a "silent disease" because it can exist for years without symptoms.

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Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Ovarian cancer is a group of diseases that originates in the ovaries, or in the related areas of the fallopian tubes and the peritoneum. Majority of ovarian tumors are benign (noncancerous), however, malignant (cancerous) ovarian tumors can grow and spread to other parts of the body.

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Overactive Bladder (OAB) Support Group

Overactive bladder causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (urge incontinence).

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Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

The pancreas is a very important organ in the body that aids in the regulation of digestion and production of hormones. Pancreatic cancer is a harmful disease that begins when normal processes of cell division and growth are disrupted, giving way to abnormal, uncontrollable growth in the pancreas.

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Panhypopituitarism Support Group

The term panhypopituitarism is used to describe a condition where there is a decrease or complete deficiency in the production of all pituitary gland hormones. Another condition that is similar to this one is called hypopituitarism. Hypopituitarism causes a decrease in the function of two or more pituitary gland hormones. Both conditions are rare and complex.

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Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing ("dopaminergic") neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

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Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) Support Group

Peptic ulcers can be described as open, painful sores that develop in the stomach lining, or the lining of the duodenum (beginning of the small intestine). Peptic ulcers tend to be caused by bacteria and/or overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

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Peripheral Artery Disease Support Group

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head. Therefore, your extremities do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with your body's' demand which causes leg pain.

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Peyronie's Disease Support Group

Peyronie's disease is a condition that affects the penis. It occurs when fibrous scar tissue (plaque) forms and causes erections to be curved and painful.

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Plantar Fasciitis Support Group

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that lies beneath the bottom of your foot connecting the heel bone and the toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes mild to intense pain in the heel and is one of the leading causes of heel pain.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Support Group

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition affecting women that is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. The imbalance in hormones can cause problems with a woman's menstrual cycle and ovulation.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) Support Group

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an autoimmune/inflammatory disorder that usually affects people over the age of 65. It causes muscle pain and stiffness, typically in the shoulders.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Support Group

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event in people who have either experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events.

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Pressure Ulcers Support Group

Pressure ulcers, aka bedsores or decubitus ulcers, are injuries that develop as a result of pressure on the skin. Pressure ulcers can become so severe that they can begin to affect beyond the skin and move into the underlying tissues.

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Prostate Cancer Support Group

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate -- a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.

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Psoriasis Support Group

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in red, itchy, scaly, sore patches on the skin. Psoriasis causes the lifecycle of skin cells to be sped up. The condition affects the immune system and results in signals being mistakenly sent, telling skin cells to grow more quickly than they normally would.

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Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure affecting the arteries in the lungs and right side of the heart. It is a rare and chronic disease that can lead to right-sided heart failure if treatment is not obtained.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of chronic autoimmune and inflammatory disease that occurs in joints (hands, wrists, and/or knees) and can lead to joint destruction, unsteadiness (lack of balance), deformity (misshapenness), and loss of function.

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Schizophrenia Support Group

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices, reduced social engagement, and lack of motivation.

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Sciatica Support Group

Sciatica is pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is located along your lower back, hips, buttocks, and the right and left leg. Usually, sciatica only affects one side of the body.

Scleroderma Support Group

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder in which the skin and connective tissues tighten and harden. There are several different types of scleroderma. It is a long term disease that worsens over time.

Scoliosis Support Group

Scoliosis occurs when a person's backbone curves to the side at a minimum of 10 degrees according to an X-ray. Curves of the spine range in severity but anything that measures more than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis.

Sjogren's Syndrome Support Group

Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is an immune system disorder that affects the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands in your eyes and mouth. SS decreases the amount of tears and saliva that are secreted.

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Sleep Apnea Support Group

Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder in which you have one or more involuntary pauses (apneic events) in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma Support Group

Soft tissue sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that starts in the muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons, or lining of the joints (a.k.a the connective tissue). Soft tissue sarcomas can form in any part of the body, but most often occur in the arms, legs, or abdomen.

Sore Throat Support Group

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the bacterium "Group A streptococcus".

Tonsillitis refers to inflammation, or swelling, of the tonsils -- oval-shaped lumps of tissue in the back of the throat.

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Spinal Stenosis Support Group

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the bones that make up the vertebral column, impinging on the spinal cord and the nerves extending from it.

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Testicular Cancer Support Group

Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles (testes), which are located inside the scrotum, a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. The testicles are the male sex glands and produce testosterone and sperm for reproduction.

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Throat Cancer Support Group

Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that can develop in the throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), or tonsils.

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Tinnitus Support Group

Tinnitus is the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. It is often described as ringing, but may also sound like clicking, roaring, or hissing. Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom resulting from many potential causes.

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Tourette Syndrome Support Group

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that can't be easily controlled. Tics are abrupt, purposeless, and involuntary vocal sounds or muscular jerks.

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Transverse Myelitis Support Group

Transverse myelitis is a neurological condition that causes inflammation of the spinal cord. The inflammation occurs on both sides of one section/segment of the spinal cord. The disease can end up damaging the myelin.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder. This condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which is the nerve that transmits sensation from the face (specifically the forehead, cheek, and lower jaw) to the brain.

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Tuberculosis Support Group

Tuberculosis (shortened as TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB most commonly affects the lungs, though other organs can sometimes be affected.

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Usher Syndrome Support Group

Usher syndrome is a rare, inherited disorder characterized by partial or total hearing loss and gradual vision loss that worsens over time.

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Uterine Fibroids Support Group

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths made of smooth muscle cells and connective tissue that develop within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters and are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer.

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UTI Support Group

Urinary tract infections are a very common form of infection, resulting in about 8.1 million doctor visits each year. UTIs originate as bacterial infections of one or more parts of the urinary system.

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Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Support Group

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the formation of blood clots in the vein. A blood clot can occur suddenly, without warning, and can be fatal.

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Vitiligo Support Group

Vitiligo is a disease affecting the skin. In people with this condition, the cells that make melanin (melanocytes) stop working/die. Melanin is the substance that creates the color in a person's hair and skin.

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X-Linked Retinoschisis Support Group

X-linked retinoschisis is also frequently called juvenile retinoschisis because it begins in childhood. It is an inherited condition that occurs almost only in males. X-linked retinoschisis is an eye condition that affects the retina.

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