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Nervous system diseases

The nervous system helps all parts of the body communicate effectively. There are two parts of the nervous system – central and peripheral.

Problems of the nervous system include multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, shingles and stroke.

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Last reviewed: February 2014

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Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurodegenerative condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS).

Read more on WA Health website

Porphyria - Lab Tests Online AU

The porphyrias are a group of uncommon diseases that cause either disease affecting the skin, disease affecting the nervous system, or both.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains questions and answers about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in animals and its links with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.

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Neurofibromatosis type 1 - myDr.com.au

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a relatively common inherited condition affecting approximately one in 3000 people. It is also known as von Recklinghausen`s disease.

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Leprosy

Leprosy is now considered to be a rare disease in Australia; however, eradication of the disease has not been achieved.

Read more on NSW Health website

Neurofibroma - Skin Cancer Clinic

Neurofibroma commonly occur as a solitary mobile soft skin-coloured lump. Multiple neurofibromas may be part of the genetic condition Neurofibromatosis.

Read more on My Skin Check website

Tuberous sclerosis: genetics - myDr.com.au

Tuberous sclerosis is an hereditary disease carried by a dominant gene.

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Glaucoma: what is it? - myDr.com.au

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed.

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Neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a term used to describe two completely separate genetic conditions – NF1 and NF2. These two types of neurofibromatosis are caused by different faulty genes, which may be inherited or may have spontaneously changed (mutated) at conception. Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 – also called von Recklinghausen’s disease) is the most common type.

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You and alcohol

Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant and slows down the brain and nervous system. It is the most widely used drug in Australia.

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