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Historical Names of Diseases and Conditions

Ever wonder what dropsy is? Or consumption? How about French pox? Learn what these and other archaic medical terms mean. In the past, medical illnesses were often described based on their symptoms or their most obviously observable effects. You may...

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What Does Asymptomatic Mean?

The terms symptomatic and asymptomatic are used often in medicine. Learn why this is important and the controversy of overdiagnosis. You may have heard your doctor describe a condition as asymptomatic. The term literally means the absence of...

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What Indolent Means in a Medical Diagnosis

In medical terms, indolent refers to something that is slow-growing. Learn what can you expect from a slow-growing malignancy or ulcer. During an exam, your doctor may use the word "indolent" to describe your diagnosis. What does that mean?...

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Historical Names of Diseases and Conditions

Ever wonder what dropsy is? Or consumption? How about French pox? Learn what these and other archaic medical terms mean. In the past, medical illnesses were often described based on their symptoms or their most obviously observable effects. You may...

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When You Can't Get a Diagnosis

Learn about the failure to diagnose a patient which occurs when a patient can't get an accurate diagnosis, also called a missed diagnosis. It's possible there is nothing more frustrating or upsetting to a patient or her doctor than a set of...

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5 Ways to Make the Most Informed Health Decisions

Discover the five key points to making the best health care choices for yourself which will impact your overall well-being and quality of life. Everyone will have to make healthcare decisions at some point in their lives, either for themselves,...

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Top 5 Reasons to Get a Second Opinion

Second opinions empower patients to take an active role in their health care. Discover five scenarios when it makes sense to get a second opinion. People make mistakes every day, and doctors are not immune to this fact. What's more, some doctors are...

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What Is Histopathology?

Histopathology is the examination of tissues from the body under a microscope to spot the signs and characteristics of disease. The National Cancer Institute defines histopathology as "the study of diseased cells and tissues using a...

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Difference Between Sepsis and Septicemia

Sepsis and septicemia are medical terms that refer to serious infections and your body's response to those infections. Learn what they mean. Sepsis and septicemia are medical terms that refer to infections and your body's response to those...

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