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Why Lupus is Mostly a Woman's Disease

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Self Exam

Q: Look at one of your fingernails. Can you name its constituent parts? Yes, it has parts.

A: The nail plate is the visible part of the nail. The nail bed is the skin beneath the plate. The cuticle is the tissue that overlaps the plate and rims the base of the nail. Nail folds are liners of skin that frame and support the nail on three sides. The lunula is the whitish half-moon at the base of the nail plate. It's whitish because the epidermis there is thick and obscures the underlying blood vessels. The matrix is the part of the nail unit under the cuticle.


"Here lies Johnny Yeast.


Pardon me for not rising."

--A tombstone in Ruidoso, New Mexico. There is no record of when Yeast died, the cause of death or his profession. Though possibly he was a baker.


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