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Diabetology A period of residual pancreatic beta cell function and insulin secretion in early-onset type 1 diabetes that follows stabilization of the patient’s presenting hyperglycemic episode; in the honeymoon period, most children require one-half of the calculated insulin dose—i.e., 0.5 U/kg—or may even go into temporary ‘remission’, signalled by recurring hypoglycemia at the initial dose, a time period that is short-lived, usually < 1 year
Drug slang A regional term for the early stages of drug use before addiction or dependency develops, a period during which the abuser is enjoying the ‘buzz’ without recognising his growing dependence
Nephrology A period of optimism and euphoria accompanying the early stage of chronic dialysis by patients in renal failure; the HP lasts from 6 weeks to 6 months and is followed by a ‘mourning period’
Paediatric surgery A postoperative time period for an infant with congenital diaphragmatic hernia characterised by stable vascular resistance, relative ease of ventilation and normalization of blood gases; this deteriorates within hours to days and the infant develops pulmonary hypertension and resultant right-to-left shunting through the ductus arteriosus and foramen ovale. See Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation