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Should I be worried about rat bite

Yes. There are a number of diseases that can be transmitted by rodents, and several of them can be quite serious. This is the list of diseases that can be directly transmitted by rodents according to ...
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Are you at risk of Hep C because you were born between 1945 1965?

The site you found that on is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's generally considered an authoritative source. The site states the following: There are high rates of Hepatitis C ...
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When dettol turns white, what does it indicate

Dettol upon contact with H2O turns milky like white. When H2O is added to the dettol liquid its oil droplets become suspended in the water droplets, creating something called an Emulsion. It is ...
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Is there a universal medical terms naming convention web resource?

Health insurances and hospitals (for the coding of the diseases) often use the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) from the World Health Organisation to standardise the naming of the ...
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Medical Problems and Computers

Drug research and epidemiology are two areas that lend themselves to distributed computing, and there are several existing projects that you can look at. There are several BOINC projects for medical ...
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Can one candy bar per day be part of a healthy diet?

Twix is part of an otherwise healthy diet. According to the American Heart Association the limit is 36 grams of sugar. That is 2/3 of the recommended maximum in one little bar. That one little bar ...
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Snomed codes vs ICD Codes

ICD-10 is a classification system which can be used to record certain disease states of a patient, e.g. I50 meaning "Heart failure" or I50.1 meaning "Left ventricular failure". SNOMED CT provides ...
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Is electronic health record (EHR) in the US centralized or does each hospital/doctor have their own?

Short answer: there are many different EHR systems, and they don’t like to talk to each other. Long answer: There are a lot of different pieces of software out there for EHR systems. Soarian, Epic, ...
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What information is a US healthcare provider required to provide access to under the 21st Century Cures Act?

The regulations define two phases of expanding definitions of what information must not be blocked. Before October 6, 2022 The first phase is described in the Office of the National Coordinator for ...
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How often do ICD codes reflect the actual diagnosis in EHR?

In many cases they do reflect the actual diagnosis. It depends on the disease in question. eMerge network work on validation is for example here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715338....
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What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)?

What is Clinical Decision Support? This ends up getting a little bogged down in compliance mumbo jumbo, but Clinical Decision Support is defined by the US centers for medicare and medicaid services as:...
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Is it possible to get cancer after taking iron supplement of 100mg for 4 days

Side effects of iron supplements can include: Black stools Constipation Abdominal pain So, these are common side effects that have nothing to do with cancer. In the study described in Medical News ...
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What is a "keep side" feature in a patient record?

This is excerpt of mesothelioma staging from the info booklet of American Cancer Society: http://m.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003119-pdf.pdf "Mesothelioma is in the pleura lining ...
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Dataset for Tele-medicine Vital Signs

In a typical ambulance operating at the paramedic level in the US, the following vital signs might be recorded: Heart rate Respiratory rate BP SpO2 GCS EtCO2 Pupil size The last two would be ...
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Do concept unique identifiers (CUIs) in UMLS have a hierarchy?

As far as I know, there is a hierarchy, but it is based on the original sources (ie not created by UMLS). For example, SNOMED concepts belong to a hierarchy. UMLS records this hierarchy in the ...
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Is exercise at night dangerous?

If you are exercising outside make sure to bring a flash light and other saftey precautions. From what I have read there are many benefits to exercing at night. Here is an article from the Washington ...
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How is the workflow of physical examination's documentation in the USA exactly?

I agree with the other answer and wanted to add a few things. At most larger healthcare systems in the USA, EHRs are used. Paper is still sometimes used in smaller practices, but rarely. In the USA ...
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Can a Health Assessment Questionnaire Score be negative?

It's common for people to use mean and standard deviation in situations where it doesn't make a lot of sense. Sometimes it's okay, but yes it can lead to weird behavior like you've described. You ...
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What is the difference between ICD-10 and SNOMED?

There are many systems for classifying diseases and medical terminology. Some are international, while many countries have their own systems. The purpose of medical classification systems is to ensure ...
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Workable statistics about diagnoses per disease / country / year

One possibility for access of data on diseases from the WHO is through their Global Health Observatory data site. This site contains data on many causes of death, rates of illness etc, and presents ...
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Do these diagrams have an official name (treatment plan, treatment schedule, protocol)

As indicated in the first answer, the first figure is for a clinical trial. This kind of figure is often called a "Clinical Trial Design Schematic" or simply a "Schematic for a Clinical ...
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Do these diagrams have an official name (treatment plan, treatment schedule, protocol)

The first one is a Treatment Schedule from the Acute Myeloid Leukemia - Berlin–Frankfurt–Munster Study of 2004. The image can be found on page 39 of the article found here: Randomized trial comparing ...
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How extensive is the US Govt machine readable dataset on covid-19

[I am answering this by copying Graham Chiu's words verbatim from his original, unedited question.] Original link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/call-action-tech-community-new-...
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ICD-10 codes: required to go to most-granular level?

It does not have to exhausted. The best way would be to point to coder's guideline. Instead, I will use a data method to prove it. To prove it via data, you can analyze data from Columbia Open ...
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are there open-source (non-copyrighted) medical knowledge-bases?

US source Medline-Plus: https://medlineplus.gov UK source: www.nhs.uk
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How important foam mattresses for you health?

I tried a Tempur mattress for a couple of years. I have no back problems. I found it too hot and didn't like the feeling of sleeping in a depression. In future I will stick to a good quality mattress ...
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Can one candy bar per day be part of a healthy diet?

It's harmful, because what passes for the rest of the so-called "well-balanced diet" isn't actually all that healthy either, it will also contain a fair amount of sugar, and saturated fats and also ...
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Is there a universal medical terms naming convention web resource?

The following are naming conventions that satisfy your question: SNOMED-CT Foundational Model of Anatomy ICD (current version 10, it has national modifications (such as USA's ICD-10CM)
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What are the pros and cons of personalized medicine?

Pros are better treatment (e.g., IL-5 inhibitor will not help if you do not have a subtype of asthma that is eosinofilic) (by knowing your type the therapy will be more targeted at your subtype of ...
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