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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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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Support Group

Adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia Support Group

Adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets.

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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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Brittle Type 1 Diabetes Support Group

Brittle diabetes is a rare form of insulin-dependent diabetes and is marked by frequent and severe episodes of hypoglycemia and/or hyperglycemia (DKA).

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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 Lymphocytic Leukemia Support Group

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).

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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Support Group

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia. It's a type of cancer that starts in certain blood-forming cells of the bone marrow.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Support Group

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a group of cancers of the white blood cells called lymphocytes. The disease begins when a lymphocyte changes into a cancer cell that divides and grows into more and more cancer cells.

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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) of the Knee Support Group

OA of the knee occurs when one experiences OA in one or both of their knee joints. Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint it is a very common place to get OA. One of the main symptoms that someone will experience is pain.

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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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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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