Human diseases and conditions by Miranda Herbert Ferrara

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Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous. O. Box 459, New York, NY, 10163. Telephone: 212-870-3400. org. 19 Addison’s Disease National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD, 20847-2345. Toll free: 800-729-6686. org. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 20 Exchange Place, Suite 2902, New York, NY, 10005. Toll free: 800NCA-CALL. org. Adrenal glands Kidneys National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304, Bethesda, MD, 20892-9304.

Only after he died from an assassin’s bullet in 1963, however, did the public learn that the president also had Addison’s disease, a rare condition that results when the body fails to produce enough of certain hormones*. What Is Addison’s Disease? The adrenal glands are thin triangular groups of cells about the size of an adult thumb. One adrenal gland is located above each of the two kidneys. Among other functions, the glands release hormones known as cortisol and aldosterone. In people with Addison’s disease, the adrenal cortex is damaged or destroyed, and the glands no longer release enough cortisol and aldosterone to keep the body working normally.

29 Aging * dementia (dih-MEN-sha) is a loss of mental abilities, including memory, understanding, and judgment. and more sophisticated cognitive abilities. In comparison to children, adolescents are more capable of abstract thinking. For the first time in life, they think about the future in a serious way. Young people at the threshold of adult life are likely to be idealistic. Socially, adolescents try to break away from the influence of their parents. Peers become more important as adolescents tend to value their perceptions and want their opinions and reactions.

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