What is Eczema?
“Skin inflammation,” “dermatitis,” and “eczema” are typically used to describe the same thing—itchy and chronic skin inflammation. The term, eczema, used by itself, refers to the condition known as atopic dermatitis, which is a genetic (hereditary) tendency to develop eczema, usually beginning in childhood. In fact up to 20% of children worldwide have it (11% in the USA), and it appears to be increasing for unknown reasons. Almost three quarters of those with it have a family history of allergies such as eczema, asthma, or allergic rhinitis (allergic runny nose).
People with it don’t “catch” eczema. The fault is in their stars—or in their case, their genes.
The beauty of skin is only skin deep
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What is Leukemia?
Malignant, a frightening word, applies synonymously with cancer, the uncontrolled growth of tissue. Merriam-Webster defines “malignant” as “relentlessly malevolent…tending to produce death…” Cancer is considered a malignancy because it is fatal if not removed, shrunk away, or treated. Even with these strategies, many die from it, when the true meaning of malignancy proves true. Since cancer can arise from almost any type of tissue, it is important to remember that the tissues of blood and blood-making elements are no exceptions. These are called the hematologic malignancies.
Types of blood cells
The blood cells that make oxygen exchange, clotting, immunity, and countless other things possible in the body include:
Red blood cells (RBCs—erythrocytes, carry oxygen to tissues and exchange carbon dioxide at the lungs).
White blood cells (WBCs—leukocytes, from where the word leukemia derives, which fig ...