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Questions tagged [disease]

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

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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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What type of edible mushrooms have been linked to curing Legionnaires Pneumonia?

I've heard turkey tail has been linked to treating cancer, and garden giant treats e coli. What can be used to treat Legionnaires Pneumonia?
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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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Is autism a mental illness or a physical illness?

I mean, autistic patients have a special eating for protein deficiency, and they also have psychotherapy. So ,Is autism a mental illness or a physical illness?
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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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Does vomiting while feeling nausea from stomach flu make it easier or harder for the body to recover?

I was talking with somebody who believes that when having stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and feeling nausea, you should try to vomit. This person's theory is that the stomach flu virus makes some foods ...
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In a viral infection, which symptoms are caused by the virus itself, and which symptoms are caused by the body fighting the virus? [closed]

Most symptoms commonly associated with respiratory viral infections, like the common cold, are actually immune in nature. Fever is the body's attempt to overheat the virus, excess mucous is the body's ...
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Tuberculosis: Lung scarring and weight gain

I have a few questions regarding tuberculosis: If a person is cured of Tuberculosis, is it compulsory for all patients effected by Tb to have a patch/scar on their lung? (references for patch) ...
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Is asthma a disease?

Our family doctor said that asthma is not a disease, is he right? I already searched and found every where asthma called as disease. Like http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/what-is-asthma Asthma ...
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Coworker regularly takes 30-45 minutes on the toilet - is this normal?

I have a coworker who is known - behind his back - for taking excessively long in the bathroom. It's not unusual for our department to have to delay a meeting 10, 20, even 30 minutes waiting for him ...
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Is “smokers lungs” a lie?

We've probably all seen photos of smokers' lungs compared to non-smokers lungs. For example: These images are commonly used in anti-smoking materials, at least in the US, and I've never had cause to ...
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Is there any efficient treatment of Tinnitus (Ear ringing)?

I suffer from the permanent ear ringing called Tinnitus. I just started giving up as I visited many doctors, but unfortunately, without any remarkable recovery. Most of the doctors I've visited ...
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Preventing illness (colds, sore throat etc.)

I'm sure most of you here are in a similar position to myself - we work in an open plan office, we go to a public gym, have kids (little germ magnets)... lots of opportunities for catching coughs &...
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How long is infectious mononucleosis contagious?

The English Wikipedia article about infectious mononucleosis says about transmission: The length of time that an individual remains contagious is unclear, but the chances of passing the illness to ...
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Does chronic Lyme disease really exist?

It seems that Lyme disease infection (borreliosis) can persist despite antibiotic treatment in early stages. Is there any definite proof of this in medical literature? If there is, why is Post-...
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If human life is so long largely due to modern medicine, does every illness shorten lifespan?

One of the most often-cited facts about human life, compared to those of other animals, is that the main reason we live so much longer is modern medicine. Because we can treat illnesses that would ...