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bacterial-meningitis
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An infection which can be extremely serious and can cause death within hours, but in most cases patients do recover.

The condition can lead to permanent disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage and learning disabilities.

The illness usually affects young children, teenagers and the elderly.

Symptoms include headaches, a stiff neck and a fever.

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batten disease
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A rare and fatal condition which usually starts in childhood.

As the illness progresses the patient’s nervous system, movement disorders and co-ordination will drastically deteriorate.

People with batten disease will eventually become wheelchair-bound, bedridden and pass away prematurely.

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Bells Palsy
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A condition which temporary weakens or paralysis muscles on one side of the face.

Bell’s Palsy is the most common form of facial paralysis, but it can also be triggered by a stroke, injury to the facial nerve or an injury from surgery.

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Bile Acid Malabsorption
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A common form of diarrhoea which is often found in people who have irritable bowel syndrome.

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bipolar
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Formally known as manic depression, people coping with Bipolar can experience irregular mood swings from one extreme to the other.

During these times they can feel highly overactive or very low and depressed. People with Bipolar are usually diagnosed with depression first, they will then experience manic episodes where they can feel very high before being told they are living with the condition.

It can be rare for a Bipolar patient to feel in a ‘normal state of mind’ on a regular basis.

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bladder exstrophy
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A rare condition which can affect both sexes which develops from inside the womb. The bladder grows inside out so when the baby is born urine can drip down onto the skin causing irritation.

Only one out of 20,000 babies are born with the condition and there is no known cure.

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Blepharitis
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Blepharitis is the term for when the eyelids become inflamed. The condition usually affects both eyelids and commonly occurs when the small oil glands next to the eyelid’s edges become clogged which can cause redness and irritation.

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body dysmorphic disorder
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Also known as BDD body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition which makes people worried about any flaws they may have in their physical appearance.

The condition is more common in teenagers and young adults.

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body integrity identity disorder
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A rare condition, also known as BIID, which makes a person to have the desire to have a disability by undergoing amputation or live with a discomfort which usually starts in childhood.

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borderline personality disorder
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People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can experience bursts of anxiety, depression and episodes of anger which can last from a few hours to days.

A percentage of people with the condition also prone to self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders, mood swings and suicidal thoughts.

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bow legs
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A common condition in babies where they have a small gap between their knees and ankles.

If the gap doesn’t fix itself overtime you are advised to seek medical attention.

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Brain Haemorrhage
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A type of stroke caused by an artery in the brain splitting causing bleeding to surrounded tissues.

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Brain Injury
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There are two common types of Brain Injuries. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – The brain is damaged after an accident or a fall & Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – When the brain is damaged since birth following a health issue such as a stroke, infection, haemorrhage or a medical accident.

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brittle bone disease
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A disorder which results in fragile bones that break easily. The condition usually stems from birth and only develops in children if there is a family history of the illness.

Brittle bone disease is also known as osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) which translates to “imperfectly formed bone”

Severe forms of the disease can lead to further complications such as hearing loss, permanent deformities, spinal cord problems and heart failure.

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bronchitis
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Symptoms of bronchitis include a sore throat, tiredness, a runny or blocked nose, headache and aches and pains although the most obvious sign of the condition is a hacking cough which could continue for several weeks.

You may also find it difficult to breathe normally and wheezing.

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