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JUNE 2016 | Published by RCPA

Issue #059

Welcome to the June edition of ePathWay

It's likely that few people outside of medicine have heard of Raynaud’s disease, Lynch Syndrome and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) – and that’s why we’ve covered them. Their impact deserves a higher profile.

In contrast, most people have probably heard of altitude sickness but may be surprised to find out that its causes are still being debated. We found out why.

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Deadly measles-related brain infection targets children

Deadly measles-related brain infection targets children

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is as bad as it sounds. It’s a progressive, debilitating brain disorder associated with measles infection that typically affects children, and results in death.

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Altitude sickness comes with the territory

Altitude sickness comes with the territoryScaling the world’s highest mountains comes with many inherent risks, including altitude sickness. This is not a single ailment but a group of illnesses that develop at high altitudes, and the symptoms mostly reflect the body’s response to insufficient oxygen supply. We asked RCPA Fellow Professor David Murdoch, co-author of The High Altitude Medicine Handbook, to walk us through this condition.

 

 

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Genetic-based Lynch Syndrome deserves a higher profile because it amplifies cancer risks

Genetic-based Lynch Syndrome deserves a higher profile because it amplifies cancer risks Lynch Syndrome is responsible for about five per cent of all colorectal cancers, but it has a surprising low profile. It is caused by an inherited gene mutation that significantly increases the lifetime risk of developing not only colorectal cancers, but other cancers as well.

 

 

 

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Raynaud’s disease could be a white, blue and red warning sign

Raynaud’s disease could be a white, blue and red warning signWhen most people think of winter ailments, coughs, colds and the flu probably come to mind. Raynaud’s disease probably doesn’t get a look in – unless you suffer from it.

Raynaud’s disease is a rare disorder of the blood vessels that causes them to narrow and spasm in response to cold or stress. It commonly affects fingers and toes, but can also affect other areas such as the nose, lips, nipples and ears.

 

 

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