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Bursitis
Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that cushions and reduces friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae (plural of bursa) are found near the tendons and large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
Beta Thalassemia
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that is passed down through the parent’s genes. It affects how hemoglobin is made. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells. It carries oxygen to all the parts of the body. There are two main types of thalassemia: alpha and beta. Thalassemia can cause mild or severe anemia.
Breast Infections and Inflammations
The most common type of breast infection is lactational mastitis. This happens when a woman is breastfeeding. The nipples become cracked and sore, allowing bacteria from the baby's mouth to enter the ducts and rapidly multiply in the milk.
Breast Cancer: Lymphedema After Treatment
Whenever the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes is disturbed or damaged—often during surgery to remove the lymph nodes—the arm may swell. This swelling, caused by too much fluid, is called lymphedema.
Baldness
Baldness, or hair loss, can be caused by many things including aging, hormones or illness. It's more common in men and can be treated with hair transplants or other procedures.
Bedsores
Bedsores can develop in a person who is bedridden or immobile.  Pressure causes skin damage and breakdown. It can take days, weeks, or months to heal. It is important to prevent bedsores.
Blisters
Blisters are bubbles on the skin that are filled with bloody or clear fluid. Blisters are common injuries and often heal on their own.
Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is when the normal cells that line your food pipe (esophagus) turn into cells not usually found in your body. The new cells take over because the lining of the esophagus has been damaged. The new, abnormal cells are called specialized columnar cells.
Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar cycle between periods of mania and periods of depression. There is no cure, but medicine and therapy can help manage symptoms.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing. It differs from bulimia because its sufferers do not purge their bodies of the excess food.