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a·bil·i·ty

(ă-bil'i-tē),
The physical, mental, or legal competence to function.
[L. habilitas, aptitude]

ability

[əbil′itē]
the capacity to act in a specified way because of the possession of appropriate skills and mental or physical fitness.

ability

See Athletic ability, Mental ability.

ability

the physical and/or cognitive capability to perform a task without further training. perceived ability a person's perception of their specific abilities within a given domain, such as in football versus in another sport. See also capacity, skill, performance.

a·bil·i·ty

(ă-bil'i-tē)
The physical or legal competence to function.
[L. habilitas, aptitude]

Patient discussion about ability

Q. How does alcohol affect learning abilities? Is there any information about learning problems due to use of alcohol?

A. EVERY TIME YOU TAKE A DRINK IT KILLS BRAIN CELLS...IN WOMAN..ALCOHOL WILL PRODUCE BIRTH DEFECTS,,,MOSTLY LEARNING DISABILITIES,AND OTHER DEFECTS..IF YOU ARE A YOUNG PERSON,,I SUGGEST YOU WORRY ABOUT DRINKING ALOT BECAUSE IT WILL AFFECT YOUR LEARNING,,,,MRFOOT56

Q. can a bladder infection affect male's ability to have sex?

A. I haven't heard about such an association However, this is only general statement, so if you have any concerns you may want to consult a doctor.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000521.htm

Q. What does treatment for prostate cancer consist of, and does it affect a male's ability to have sex? A very close friend of ours has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (it really *isn't* my partner or me!) and we were wondering what his treatment options might be. If the prostate gland is removed, does that eliminate the ability to have sex?

A. There is a new procedure called the da Vinci procedure that is minimally invasive and less likely to lead to the nerve damage that causes impotence. However, it is still a risk, as well as a risk of urinary incontinence. And even if you are not impotent, your orgasms will be dry - seminal fluid is produced by the prostate. There are also other procedures, such as implanting radioactive 'seeds' into the prostate. It is my understanding that the risk of impotence from that or any other radiation procedure is higher than da Vinci surgery, but less than with traditional surgery. Chemo and broader irradiation can be recommended in more advanced cases.
My brother had the daVinci procedure, and he is able to have sex.

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With 63% of high school graduates continuing on to postsecondary education, many do not know or consider their ability level in deciding their goals (Jamieson, Curry, & Martinez, 2001).
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A new generation of self-report methodology and validity evidence of the Ability Explorer.
If racial differentials in environments affect ability and influence measured test scores, evidence that racial differentials weaken when ability is controlled for using regression methods does not rule out an important role for the environment in explaining performance in society.
The authors' evidence of growing stratification by cognitive ability in schools and workplaces does not require that they take a position on how the ability is produced.
The extreme pessimism of this scenario ignores the warnings issued by the authors that even among persons in the lowest ability grouping, there is still a lot of socially productive behavior.
The literature suggests a particularly poor performance of educational remediation programs for adults of low cognitive ability as measured by AFQT and other cognitive tests.
Future research should focus on growth and development in measured ability prior to age 15 (the age of the youngest person in the Murray-Herrnstein sample), because existing research indicates that values are formed and cognition is developed prior to that age.
Improvements desired: Earlier release dates, more technical information on bulletin board, use of mouse, ability to set data path, training manual, additional worksheets and forms.
Ability to run in "service bureau" mode, allowing for up to 99 different firms.
Best features: Appearance of finished product, processing and print speed, ability to handle complex returns, ease of data entry, accuracy.
Improvements desired: Network availability, direct data input from clients' accounting programs, ability to batch-process state extensions, ability to suppress printing of edit message, lower pricing.