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THE Ebola crisis in the West African countries of Guinea, where it started in December 2013, and spread in March 2014 to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, the deadliest ever in history, has been so well-covered in various media that it has eclipsed the notoriety of graver killer diseases in our midst today.

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THE abuse of alcohol is the leading risk factor for disability and premature death in the world.

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THE human body is a powerful chemical laboratory, a powerhouse that produces and secretes drugs (hormones, enzymes, painkillers, sedatives, etc.) that enable our cells, tissues and organs to function properly and efficiently.

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RHEUMATOID Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints.

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SINCE Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist (a 1945 Nobel laureate), first discovered penicillin in 1923, hundreds of more potent wider spectrum antibiotics have been added to the medical armamentarium.

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