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Workable statistics about diagnoses per disease / country / year

I'm looking for data/stats related to the number of diagnoses (per year) (per country) (per disease) at least from 2000 up to 2020/2021 for major diseases (like the 5-10 most related to deaths WW). ...
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Blood tests for borrelia and their informative value

Disclaimer: I am here as a highly medically interested person looking for an explanation of an observed phenomenon, not for medical advice, as it is not about my person. I work in a diagnostic ...
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What do I need to fulfill in order to get an AI-based medical application's diagnosis to be accepted "as hard" as a professional's?

What do I need to fulfill (requirements, certification, tests, ...) in order to get an AI-based medical application's diagnosis to be accepted as "as hard" as a professional's? I have ...
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Are there differences in symptoms with different viruses that cause the common cold?

A recent XKCD comic proposed a humorous future pastime in which virus connoisseurs review and contrast the symptoms of different common-cold cases caused by different viruses, with the implication ...
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Why isn't imiquimod cream used prior to performing a biopsy used for suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the typical first step is to perform a shave biopsy to determine the type of ...
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Which psychiatric disorders currently have objective, neuroimaging-based diagnostic methods? [closed]

For which psychiatric conditions is it possible currently to view someone's brain through neuro-imaging to conclude that a brain condition is present?
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Can lung imaging uniquely identify coronavirus-induced pheumonia?

How reliable are radiographic, CT and ultra-sound appearances of coronavirus in the lungs in terms of their sensitivity/specificity? A bunch of imaging labs popped up in my town recently, all of them ...
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Chances of contracting Lyme disease after an half hour walk through a narrow trail through woods

I walked for about half an hour through a narrow trail in the woods in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt yesterday. I am now worried about the possibility of being bit by a tick and contracting Lyme ...
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How to distinguish between PKU and MSUD in a clinical case question?

This question was asked in a medicine quiz I was participating in. An 8-day-old boy is brought to the physician by his mother because of vomiting and poor feeding. The pregnancy was uncomplicated, ...
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Can tablets containing iron or high fibre food trigger anxiety and hypermetabolism?

Is there any well-understood way or any info, in the medical literature, regarding the possibility of iron tablets and high fibre foods triggering anxiety, panic attacks and hypermetabolism ...
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Is their terminology for varying bone fracture severity?

I have done research on the various different types of bone fractures however I am not able to find any resources discussing specifically the severity of fractures. For example I had assumed that the ...
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Is there a dataset of ICDs which could indicate a severe medical condition in the future? [closed]

As a software developer I asked myself, if there is a public dataset of ICDs which could indicate a severe medical condition in the future? e.g. F06.7, F32.X, F33.X could led to F00.0 Or is it not ...
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Why isn't fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy used to diagnose suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma, the typical first step is to do a shave biopsy to determine the type of basal cell ...
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How accurate are dogs to detect whether a human has COVID-19?

I read on https://www.businessinsider.com/sniffer-dogs-answer-to-the-covid-19-testing-crisis-mirror-2020-4: Medical detection dogs able to sniff 750 people an hour could help identify coronavirus ...
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Can cancer incidence rates, calculated from the general population, be used in primary care?

I calculated incidence rates (IR) for colorectal cancer using an age-period-cohort model. Is it useful for GPs to use such age, gender and anatomical sub-site specific IRs as a baseline risk, during ...
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What is the expected false positives/negatives for COVID-19 tests?

As of March 13, 45/301 people have tested positive/negative for COVID-19 in Florida. What is the expected false positives/negatives here? UPDATE (March 14): 71/478 from what I consider the best ...
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Are there any "markers of low immunity" in people without any genetic immune disease?

Are there any blood or other tests that can reveal the immune status of people who have frequent infections but do not seem to have any genetic immunodeficiency disease? Merck Manuals mentions many ...
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How is anaemia commonly diagnosed?

I am reading from the Australian Medical Council, Anthology of Medical Conditions (2003). Under the key objectives for presenting anaemia and pallor it says: "By considering the clinical context, ...
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What textbooks do medical students read to learn how to diagnose illnesses?

Your family doctor obviously learned how to diagnose various illnesses, such as the flu, skin conditions (rashes, burns, etc.), etc. I was wondering what textbooks they studied in medical school to ...
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Self diagnosis expert system similar to easydiagnosis.com

I am searching for a quality self diagnostics expert system similar to http://www.easydiagnosis.com (seams quite good) . Are there other avaliable for free ?
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Abbreviations URTI and GE in a doctor's diagnosis

What do the two abbreviations in "Diagnosis: urti, ge" mean? URTI is presumably Upper Respiratory Tract Infaction, but what does GE stand for? Could it be related to Diarrhea?
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How often is endoscopic ultrasound done to check for gallbladder disease?

Transabdominal ultrasound is usually the first investigation to check for gallbladder disease. When the results are not clear, the next test is often a HIDA scan and, if necessary, a MRCP or ERCP, ...
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What specialty can diagnose Ehlers-Danlos syndromes?

If a person suspects that he has Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, what kind of an expert doctor should he go to in order to check this possibility?
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How do the symptoms of viral tonsillitis differ from bacterial tonsillitis

How would a doctor distinguish between viral and bacterial tonsillitis? From what I can tell they have the same symptoms tender throat swollen tonsils painful swallowing fever So how exactly do ...
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Is there a way to diagnose Male Pattern Baldness?

I'm thinking about supplementing in Creatine Monohydrate because of its various benefits on weight lifting and it also being really affordable. In different studies I read about Creatine intake ...
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What software are there to use on laptop for blood analysis and diagnosis?

I wanted to know if there are any softwares that by installing on a notebook can allow me to do initial diagnosis of a patient at ordinary locations. Does anybody know what softwares are there or ...
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Read an article, aquire a disorder

What is the term for the tendency to read an article, selectively identify with certain symptoms, and then conclude "I must have that". ex: Bipolar Disorder, ADD, allergy to gluten, etc.
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How much time takes it to get a diagnosis of borreliosis/lyme disease?

I cannot find any source that clearly tells me how quickly a diagnosis for finding out wether someone carries borreliosis or not can be conducted (I hope it is clear what I mean, I have little medical ...
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What is asking patients whether they know the current day for?

After a minor car collision (front airbags deployed), an ambulance arrived to see if I had sustained any injuries. One of the questions they asked was 'What day is it?' as in Monday, Tuesday etc. ...
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What methods are there to diagnose helminths?

I know that stool tests can diagnose tapeworms/pinworms/other worms. Are there other methods?
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Diagnosing by ruling things out

What is the technical term for a condition that is diagnosed by ruling everything else out?
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could catalepsy be caused by being beaten in the street?

I am writing a story of a character named Eric who lives in D.C., and got jumped by 3 tough Mancunian visitors and beaten to the point of being left in a condition of falling in and out of trance-like ...
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How often do ICD codes reflect the actual diagnosis in EHR?

Electronic health records (EHRs) often contains ICD codes used for billing purpose. Is there any study/survey that looked at how often ICD codes in EHRs reflect the actual diagnosis?
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Does Dermatitis Herpatiformis have a differential diagnosis?

"Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), or Duhring's disease,[1][2] is a chronic blistering skin condition,[3] characterised by blisters filled with a watery fluid.[4] Despite its name, DH is neither related ...
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Mental disorders are documented in the DSM, how are other medical conditions documented?

Is there an official database of medical illnesses/conditions? Is it publicly available? When a patient's information is entered in the medical record software, does the software cross-reference the ...
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Are there any real-world application in a bone fracture detection program?

Sorry if I'm asking in the wrong community, but here's where I think I can reach more people in the medical field. I am in engineering, for a project in my uni, I thought of doing a research on ...
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What might be the cause of this unexplained, prolonged groin pain symptom [closed]

Imagine a medical case of someone experiencing a prolonged, unexplained pain symptom in his lower left abdomen and groin area. Feeling the worst when sitting down, but much better standing up or lying ...
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Does the presence of a root on a skin cancer aid in identification?

For a couple of years I have had what I suspect to be an undiagnosed squamous cell carcinoma on my big toe. If I scratch off the superficial part it looks like there is a root remaining (I can see ...
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Hyper Magnetism?

Didn't know where to post this one but this forum seemed the most suitable. So about a year ago I've discovered that my mom can "glue" metalic spoons and forks to her hand and mechanic watches slow ...
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How is PCOS officially diagnosed?

I have been treated for PCOS for about a decade now. But every-time I move to a new place, which happens quite frequently, the doctors always ask me how I was diagnosed with this condition or by what ...
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ICD-10 codes: required to go to most-granular level?

Given the example ICD-10 codes below, will a diagnosis code ever not be the most-granular option within a given classification? For example, could a patient's code be left at I21.0 and not taken to ...
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How do I know I slipped a disc?

I Have a moderate discomfort in my back and have done for a while. I'm in an office job and am in to physical sports such as MMA which could be related. If I had to describe the symptoms, it feels ...
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I am not a student of medicine but a research scientist in Algorithms. I wish to contribute to medicine and am looking for a starting point. [closed]

I wish to understand tuberculosis and contribute to its research, though I am open to other problems. How should I start? I do not wish to join any university. I wish to do it as my side-project.
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What is the best free doctor practice management software? [closed]

What is the best free doctor practice management software in India where I can: Create diagnosis Book doctor appointments Upload reports
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Proportionate Dwarf, Little Person, or Short-Stature? Adult Female: 4'9"

Today I recently divulged in a previous question that I am a 4'9" female adult. I think everyone can agree that I'm certainly short, but how do you diagnosis "dwarfism"? I was born with congenital ...
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What can cause mild irritation in my outer ear besides swimming?

I just have really mild itchiness and I noticed it hurt when I tried to scratch my ear. It is nothing severe but I don't want it to become severe. I have not swum recently. I don't know if it matters ...
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If people can create an accelerated medical program that can be completed in just three years, what textbooks should they select in the curriculum?

Imagine a third-world country with a lack of doctors. They should start to treat patients as soon as possible even if they did not take full courses in biochemistry, histology, anatomy, biostatistics, ...
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Positive ANA test suggestive of Lupus/SLE, but is 1:160 still ambiguous?

I was referred to a Rheumatologist earlier this year due to all my symptoms: constant fatigue, getting sick all the time by every little thing, having unexplained fevers, having constant joint pain, ...
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Is there any benefit in seeking autism/Aspergers diagnosis as an adult?

With reference to someone who has a reasonably good job and who copes easily with day-to-day tasks of living (cooking, cleaning, travelling etc) but who has no friends (or very few), very little ...
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What are non-human methods of medical diagnosis called?

What are non-human methods of medical diagnosis called? For example, a cat scan or blood work vs a physician's verbal shot in the dark during a ten minute office visit? To narrow the question this is ...
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