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Cyber motion sickness
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A technology-induced version of motion sickness caused by moving content on screens.

But, unlike motion sickness where you feel movement in the muscles and inner ear, with cyber motion sickness you see movement on the screen but don’t feel it.

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Cyclothymia
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Cyclothymia is the name given to the condition which causes mood swings which causes people to feel low to emotional highs, known as hypomnania.

In most circumstances the symptoms are so mild people do not seek professional help and they enjoy the feeling of euphoria but in some cases the emotional rollercoaster can disrupt a person’s lifestyle and work relationships.

People with Cyclothymia may go on to develop bipolar disorder and the condition is more common in women.

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cystic fibrosis
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An inherited condition where mucus blocks the lungs making it difficult to breathe and problems with the digestive system.

In the UK cystic fibrosis is usually picked up during a scanning test. 1 in 2,500 babies are born with the illness.

In some cases the lungs may eventually stop working properly.

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Cystinosis
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A rare condition caused by the accumulation of a building block of proteins in the body called amino acid crystine stored in cells.

The abnormal amount of cysteine causes damage to many of the body’s organs and tissues, especially the eyes and kidneys.

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Cytomegalovirus
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Cytomegalovirus, also known as CMV, is a common virus that's usually harmless. Sometimes it causes problems in babies and people with a weakened immune system.

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Dandy Walker Syndrome
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A condition which affects the brain development, primarily involving the cerebellum (an area at the back of the brain which controls movement) and the fluid-filled areas surrounding it.

Symptoms include slow motor development and progressive enlargement in the skull at a young age.

In older children the condition can lead to vomiting, irritability, seizures, problems with the eyes, face and neck, abnormal breathing, convulsions, abnormal sized head and seizures.

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deafblind
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A combination of hearing loss and vision loss which affects a person’s ability to communicate.

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Degenerative Disc Disease
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Degenerative Disc Disease is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain caused by wear and tear on a spinal disc.

It can cause weakness, numbness and painful sensations on the arms and legs.

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degenerative disease
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A result of a continuous process based on degenerative changes in cells which affect organs or tissues which will deteriorate over a period of time.

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dementia
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Dementia is a collection of symptoms which cause brain damage. These can fall into such categories as Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and advanced dementia.

Symptoms of dementia include confusion, memory loss, difficulty with tasks, communication problems, personality disorder and depression.

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Depression
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We all feel upset from time-to-time – but if the feelings progress over a long period of time it could be a sign of depression. People with depression can’t ‘cheer themselves up’ overnight. Symptoms also include tiredness, a lack of appetite or sex drive, irregular sleeping patterns and body aches.

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Depressive disorder
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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.

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Dermatillomania
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People with Dermatillomania have a continue urge to scratch their skin so badly they can leave wounds. It’s a psychological condition which also brings emotional problems to the surface. Most patients with the condition will have blood and bruising as a result of the intense scratching.

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diabetes
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Diabetes can be broken down into two…Type 1 – When the pancreas isn’t producing any insulin and the more common form…Type 2 – The pancreas is producing insulin, but it’s not enough or the cells aren’t reacting to it. The condition materialises when a person’s blood level becomes too high, most of us have a high blood level although it isn’t enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Around 90% of adults have type 2 although it’s not unlikely for the condition to develop into type 1 requiring insulin injections to keep the sugar levels at bay. Statistics show around five million people across the UK will be diabetic by 2025.

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Diabetic retinopathy
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The most common cause of vision loss among diabetics and the leading cause of blindness among adults.

Diabetic retinopathy affects the blood vessels positioned in the retina located at the back of the eye.

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