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A condition whereby there is an alteration of normal functioning by a known aetiology, typically manifesting as collection of symptoms.

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How has computational modelling and simulation contributed to medical research?

I'm a highschool student conducting a small research on the contributions of computational modelling to medical advancement. I've found examples relating to its uses in tracking diseases, drug testing ...
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Corona virus and food transmission

I find conflicting info on this CDC cite it says Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food next it says It may be possible that a person can get COVID-...
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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

This is a question about how doctors carry out diagnoses in practice, not one looking for medical answers. My question is, statistically most cases are horses, but how do you find the zebras? ...
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What is Chronic Cerebral Small Vessel Ischemic disease?

I am curious. What is chronic cerebral small vessel ischemic disease? Does anyone have any suggestions for someone with that disease? What is the life expectancy?
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What is the probability that a couple has no common defective gene?

If a couple has no common defective gene, they can produce a big healthy population from just two people, right? What is the probability that a human couple (especially of different races) has no ...
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I know this question is kind of stupid, but can a person with CIPA(a disease that causes them not to feel pain) feel the burn of hot-sauce/mace?

So I was thinking whether or not a person that has a disease where they can not feel pain ,like CIPA, basicly be immune to capsaicin i.e. hot peppers, hot sauce, and pepper spray/mace. So what is the ...
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Result of Inclusion-cells in the I-cell disease

What happens to the cells once the body doesn't have the lysosomal enzymes to degrade lipids and such. Inclusion bodies appear, but how do they provoke so many symptoms like hepatomegaly motoric delay ...
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Length of stay vs Acute length of stay in a hospital

I came across a term called Acute length of stay recently from a medical dataset hosted in Kaggle [here] 1 While I understand that the usual length of stay is given by the formula date of discharge - ...
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How to differentiate between Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes

I have a database of Diabetes patients with labs, drugs, diagnosis information. However, the database doesn't have explicit labels/information on who is suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes For ...
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Why is there no generally accepted system of disease classification?

I am reading Burket's Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, Chapter 1 - Evaluation of the Dental Patient: Diagnosis and Medical Risk Assessment. Under the section 'Establishing The Diagnosis', the ...
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What are some medical conditions and disabilities that might prevent someone from wearing a face covering during the COVID-19 outbreak?

In Oregon, my local news station said that many local businesses, such as airports, are requiring that everyone wear masks or face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. They said that those who ...
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Medical database with symptom frequencies

Is there a large medical database with symptom frequencies for diseases? I.e. the percentage of patients with a specific disease that have specific symptoms? For example (numbers and symptoms made up ...
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Are there diseases for which infection does not grant lasting immunity but a vaccine does?

There has been a lot of discussion about whether people who have COVID-19 and recover will have long-lasting immunity. At the same time, work is underway to create a vaccine for this disease. But if ...
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How long will it take to heal a hairline fracture of rib? [closed]

My Grand father who is 96 years old got hairline fracture of the rib. How long it will take to heal? His doctor said you dont need to come back for xray.
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Are there methods available to determine ongoing cell damage in Covid-19 survivors?

It took years for many of those first infected with Hepatitis-C, to learn that it was destroying their livers. It took years for those with HIV to learn their immune systems were being destroyed. Is ...
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Other than death, what are the potential long-term health impacts on individuals infected with COVID-19?

There is a lot of concern about deaths resulting from or exacerbated by SARS-CoV-2 infections, but I can find little about the potential long-term health impacts on those who 'recover' (understandably,...
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Is there a virus from which humans can recover, but which doesn't grant long lasting immunity?

Prior to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic I was under the impression that viruses fall into two categories: Diseases from which you recover and afterwards become fully immune. When reinfected with a mutated ...
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Why does MERS include a geographical designator, even though it is a relatively recent term?

In a recent interview, the Chief Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme--Dr. Michael Ryan--said that the pandemic of influenza in 2009 originated in North America and we didn'...
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Some queries on viruses [closed]

I'm someone from an Engineering background, so these questions might seem stupid, but I'd be grateful if someone could answer them. 1) How do viruses 'die'? Do they even die? I read that viruses are ...
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What ages are included by 'the young and the elderly"

Many times you hear about a disease being more dangerous to the young and to the elderly. But what are the (approximate) ages that these statements are referring to?
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Viruses evolving in less dangerous forms

My question could be naive, but I was not able to find an answer. I have read at several places that viruses tend to evolve to less dangerous forms (HIV for example), se they do not run out of hosts, ...
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Therapeutic areas list

I am performing a systematic review of medical papers reporting clinical trials results and I am wondering where I can find an exhaustive list of therapeutic areas.
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Is walking pneumonia aka mycoplasma pneumoniae curable?

The cold is considered incurable although it has a treatment. Does walking pneumonia fall in this category? Someone I know says they were told the bacteria never leaves their body, and so they have ...
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Does the use of eye glasses prevent eye disease?

I'm turning 40 and went for my first eye test recently. They said I have nearsightedness. I work on a computer all day. They gave me three quotes for eye glasses : Option 1: (Cheapest price) 1.1 ...
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How to share a cure?

How does a person share a cure for a disease? Through trial and error a normal Joe or Jane Smoe finds a cure to a disease that has no other cure what is the best way to get it validated? For example,...
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Are Drug toxicity, Infectious toxic disease, Hypoxia & Malignancy all Acquired Metabolic Diseases?

Commonly when we talk about Acquired metabolic diseases, we refer to endocrine diseases (like Diabetic ketoacidosis, HONK, etc), electrolyte abnormalities (hyperkalemia, hyponatremia, etc), acid-base ...
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Can one be infected with Naegleria fowleri from Steam?

Will Naegleria fowleri be present in the steam molecules. Many people inhale steam from hot water to get relief from sinus infections. I read that Naegleria fowleri gets killed over 70 C. So will ...
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Patient suffering from X disease vs controls

I'm reading a paper where I encountered the following sentence: "the difference between patients suffering from x disease vs controls was ... ". What does controls mean?
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What is a terminal or chronic illness? What is the difference between the two?

I hear the terms terminal and chronic illness everywhere, and I have a vague idea of what they mean. How long are they expected to last? Can they be cured? Do they result in death?
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Motor neuron diseases

Doing a bit of research on motor neuron diseases. Looking for one specific bit of information: I've seen diseases affecting cranial nerves, such as the palsies that affect the muscles in the facial ...
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Can any disease enhance Brain functioning instead of reducing it?

Parkinson's disease, dementia and Alzheimer are known to degrade Brain's functionality. But are there always negative side effects to disease? Or are there any good side effect that enhances the Brain ...
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Can the body delay infections/sickness for important reasons?

Background of the question: I worked on a very important project which was also critical for the firm and would have affected the employment permanently if it failed. During that time several ...
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What is the solution for Chikungunya?

In India many of the people are hugely affected by Chikungunya disease and doctors couldn't wipe out this disease here. In our locality almost every household has some Chikungunya patients. Is there ...
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Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity

Ulcerative colitis can be endoscopically assessed and characterized as 'active' or 'inactive'. I was wondering how those disease states are related. Do patients with UC regularly alternate between ...
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Chagas disease: stages

As far as I understand the stages of Chagas disease are three: acute, indeterminate and cronic. Question Supposing someone is on third stage, does it mean that he/she has previously go through ...
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Where I can find infomation about ALL diseases of human beings?

Is there any book or website about ALL diseases were officially registered ever? I doubt that there is some book that has information about all diseases. I think that one book can hold only some ...
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Is viral keratitis contagious?

Is viral keratitis contagious? I'm asking, as I'm not getting any authentic material on the net.
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Not taking bath or shower when sick

My parents would not let me to take a showers or take a bath because they claimed it would make you even more sick. Is there any evidence that taking a bath or shower when sick has negative effects?
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Calculate U.S. life expectancy for 2025?

This is the hard data on incidence of specific diseases for the year 1995 and (projected) 2025. I have omitted chronic diseases as a group, although they are projected to increase from 90 million (...
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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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Is sex allowed during mononucleosis?

I've been diagnosed with mono 3 weeks ago. I've talked to the doctor and he said that I should avoid any kind of physical activity because it may enlarge my spleen damage it seriously. Is it True? Is ...
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Is a Chronic Disease Incurable?

One of my friend's toe nails was removed, because of a chronic disease effect on his hands and leg. His doctors told him it's Psoriatic disease and its a type of chronice disease thats incurable. The ...
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Disease and Conditions

What is the medical definition that determines when something is a disease or a condition? Some definitions in medical terminology say that for example asthma is a chronic disease while some other ...
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What Should Be The Precautions While taking Care of pneumonia patient?

What precautions should I follow while taking care of a pneumonia patient?
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Any cure for epidermolysis bullosa? [closed]

My young cousing has this skin disease, and that's awful. Any possible cure for this disease?
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What is the minimum exposure to a virus to acheive immunization?

Is it possible to gain immunity against a virus if the exposure to the virus is not large enough to cause any clinical symptoms? And if so, would the immunity achieved without symptoms be as strong as ...
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A diabetic contact of herpes zoster patient

Should a patient of herpes zoster who successfully take medications for a month (pain and rash disappear) avoid contact with a diabetic patient and what are the precautions when dealing with each ...
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Database with diseases and symptoms?

Is there a database with diseases and symptoms? I imagine something like being able input symptoms and getting a list of appropriate diseases?
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Why is Diarrhoea (or, Diarrhea) not classified as a Vector-borne disease?

I was reading that diseases such as Cholera & Typhoid are Vector-borne diseases wherein the Vector transfer the harmful bacteria to contaminate our food/water, causing the disease in humans. By ...
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Does wart treatment (such as freezing) kill the wart or only triger the bodies natural immune reaction?

I’ve heard competing claims about (plantar) wart treatment. Some doctors say freezing it with liquid nitrogen is to kill the wart, while trying to minimize the damage to surrounding healthy tissue. ...
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