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What does a chemical dependency mean?

What does a chemical dependency mean?

Dependency vs addict: The terms "dependency" and "addiction" are often used interchangeably, but this is incorrect. With dependency, the body exhibits a change when the substance is withheld. This could be something as serious as seizures with alcohol withdrawal or a "simple" as blood pressure going up in absences of anti-hypertensive. Addiction is the continued use despite adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Chemical Dependency (Definition)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, ...Read more


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What does "alcohol poisoning" mean - does it mean that the alcohol went bad?

What does "alcohol poisoning" mean - does it mean that the alcohol went bad?

No: Alcohol "poisoning" refers to drinking so much alcohol (or enough alcohol too quickly) that the person becomes unconscious / unresponsive. ...Read more

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What neurotransmitter does theophylline affect and how does it do this?

What neurotransmitter does theophylline affect and how does it do this?

None: Theophylline does not affect any neurotransmitter. It affects the levels of a signaling molecule in the cell that results in relaxation of smooth muscle. It's not a particularly effective treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does depression actually mean?

What exactly does depression actually mean?

Loss of interest: Hi, depression is much more than being in a bad mood or normal sadness. Depression involves having symptoms that can include an extremely low mood, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, hopelessness, too much or too little sleep, suicidal thoughts, loss of concentration, gaining or losing weight, fatigue/loss of energy, irritability, feeling worthless, lack of joy. ...Read more

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What does organoleptic mean?

Organoleptic: Organoleptic are aspects of something that we can experience through our senses. For instance if someone eats a steak they smell the aroma, they taste the flavor, they use to the sense of touch to determine texture & sight to see it. ...Read more

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What does endogenous mean?

What does endogenous mean?

Endogenous: "Pathology. (of a disease) resulting from conditions within the organism rather than externally caused." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/endogenous). For instance - an endogenous depression can develop in a person without outside triggers / reasons that are identified. ...Read more

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What does "controlled substance" mean?

What does "controlled substance" mean?

Needs Rx or more: In medicine, something that cannot be bought over the counter. A physician can prescribe an antiobiotic, a physician needs a narcotics number to prescribe the stronger pain or nerve pills, and plutonium and lsd just aren't available except to a few scientists. ...Read more

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What does depression of t cells mean?

What does depression of t cells mean?

Low count: It means that your t-cell count is low. There are many reasons that this can happen. T-cells are a part of the immune system, and a very low t-call count can leave one prone to infections. ...Read more

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What does Macrocytic mean? And what does it mean if your result is +1?

What does Macrocytic mean? And what does it mean if your result is +1?

Macro: Comes from Greek and translates as large. Macrocytosis means large cells, it refers mostly to red blood cells. 1+ is mild. It helps us direct work up in case there is a need for work up. ...Read more

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How does LSD affect the body? What exactly is going on?

How does LSD affect the body? What exactly is going on?

LSD: It is a hallucinogen. It alters your senses of time, space, & distance. U can hear colors or see sounds. The bad trip last @ 12 hours. Strange feelings & strong emotions are common. U can experience panic, confusion, sadness & scary images. It can affect your judgment & your behavior can get out of control. Your pupils dilate, your heart rate & blood pressure increase. You shake, sweat, can't slee ...Read more

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What does the term "hospitalist" mean exactly?

What does the term "hospitalist" mean exactly?

Hospitalist.: A Hospitalist is a hospital-based Internist. A specialist in the acute management of a hospitalized patient. ...Read more

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What does it mean if smoking a cigarette calms me down? Addiction?

What does it mean if smoking a cigarette calms me down? Addiction?

Probably .: The calming effect of nicotine may be caused by the increased release of neurotransmitter a in the brain, especially, dopamine. Dopamine then acts on the reward system to create happiness, euphoria and a calming feeling. An addict can get very agitated and anxious about getting their "fix". When that "fix", or drug, or drink is obtained, the resulting reduction of anxiety is perceived as a calm. ...Read more

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Lots of people use the term neurotic casually, what does it mean medically?

Lots of people use the term neurotic casually, what does it mean medically?

Conflict: In psychoanalysis, neurosis is a functional mental disorder that has no discernible underlying anatomic cause. The symptoms -- which can be all kinds of things, including anxiety, phobias, and compulsions, etc -- arise from an intrapsychic conflict between unconscious fantasies and the defenses they arouse. The person simultaneously expresses, and fears to fully express, the impulses. ...Read more

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What does ldh mean on blood work test. What does it mean if its high its 1101.

What does ldh mean on blood work test. What does it mean if its high its 1101.

High: It's high but out of context it has no meaning. It is not possible to say more without more info. Whoever ordered the test needs to talk to you and discuss its implications and what else needs to be done. Best to you. ...Read more

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What is miltiple scrorosis what does it mean

What is miltiple scrorosis what does it mean

?multiple sclerosis?: Is that what you meant?.. If so, ms is an autoimmune mediated disorder occurring in approx 400, 000 americans, where there is an inflammatory attack on the myelin coverings of the nerves in brain and spinal cord. Typical symptoms involve loss of vision, double vision, weakness, incoordination, loss of balance, numbness, pain, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue and problems with bowel and bladder. ...Read more

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What does it mean by complement activation?

What does it mean by complement activation?

Complement : Is a series of immune proteins that are usually cause a "chain reaction" of events that lead to inflammation and when activated by infection, hormonal changes, etc., it will cause this chain reaction to start aka complement activation. ...Read more

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What does opiate agonists mean?

What does opiate agonists mean?

Means: these medications bind to opiate receptors in the body and depending on what receptors can cause different effects. ...Read more

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What does it mean to die of natural causes? What happens?

What does it mean to die of natural causes? What happens?

Usually unexplained: To die of natural causes usually implies that no artificial cause, accident, homicide, etc, or that no obvious disease process was the cause of death. Usually in this case, the deceased may have died at home or outside of the medical system and no other obvious cause is identified. Most likely death is due to a fatal abnormal heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does synthetic opioid mean?

Can docs explain what does synthetic opioid mean?

Just what it says: An "opiate" is a chemical derived directly from the opium poppy plant. The naturally occurring chemicals are morphine, Codeine and paparverine (among others). Semi-synthetics can be made using the same molecule like oxycodone, hydromorphone and others. Fully synthetics "opioids" act at the same receptors but are chemically completely different, like Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or methadone. Endorphins are "opioids.". ...Read more