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Abbreviation for Enzyme Commission of the International Union of Biochemistry, used in conjunction with a unique number to define a specific enzyme in the Enzyme Commission's list [Enzyme Nomenclature] (1984); for example, EC defines an alcohol dehydrogenase and EC defines aspartate aminotransferase, also known as glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase (GOT).
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Abbreviation for:
early cleavage
eccentric contraction
effector cell
ejection click
elderly control
electrical cardioversion
electron capture
embryonal carcinoma
emergency centre 
emergency contraception
emphysematous cholecystitis
emphysematous cystitis
endometrial cancer
endometrial carcinoma
endothelial cell
endometrial cytology
endurance capacity
energy cost
enriched condition
enteric coating
entorhinal cortex
environmental control
Enzyme Commission
eosinophil count
eosinophilic cystitis
epidermoid cyst
epithelial cell
Erdheim-Chester (disease)
Escherichia coli
esophageal cancer
esophageal carcinoma
essential cryoglobulinaemia
ethics committee
ethyl chloride
ethylene carbonate
evaluation committee
exercise capacity
exfoliative cytology
existing commitments 
experimental control
expiratory centre
extended care
exterior coat
external capsule
extracellular concentration
extracorporeal circulation
eye care
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Patient discussion about EC

Q. What is the ECT method of treatment for depression? I have a friend who is suffering from major depression and is now about to start ECT treatment. What exactly is that?

A. ECT is the electroshock therapy for treating severe depression that does not heal with medication trials. In this treatment, an electric shock is induced, in levels that are not by any means risking the patient’s life. It has been proven to be of great effectiveness in people with refractory depression (meaning that drugs no longer have a therapeutic effect) and is saved as a “last resort”.

Q. What are the side effects of electroconvulsive therapy for depression? My sister is about to have electroconvulsive therapy for treating her severe depression. Is this method safe to use? What are the side effects?

A. Known side effects of ECT include mainly short-term memory loss, disorientation and headaches. Other adverse effects are common, as are long-term memory and other neurocognitive deficits, which may persist. The American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have concluded that the evidence they had suggested that the procedure, when administered according to their standards and without complications, does not cause brain damage in adults.


A. Chinese medicine and alternatives should be approached with caution, but that said, a modality that has been around for over 3,000 years must have benefits. The practitioner may possibly be a bit more suspect. Then again, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you haven’t any experience with it, how can one have a legitimate opinion?
Remember, a hundred years ago, our very own “Doctors” cured with leaches and such… it wasn’t until they pooled their resources together and lobbied the government for the right to the name of “Doctor or Medical Practitioner”. That’s it. No science, just lobbying the politicians….

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You should know that there is a dispute whether all sacred works defile the hands; but it was learned and established that even Ecclesiastes and Esther are in that group [note: Song of Songs is not mentioned - mb].
Complicating matters is the fact that many readers of this "strangest" of biblical books will not resist the temptation to read and interpret Ecclesiastes in twenty-first-century terms.
And as with Ecclesiastes, what comes off to modern eyes as medieval, dark, morbid and moralizing would have been meant at the time to get people thinking and reacting in different ways.
Ecclesiastes sive de ratione concionandi I, translated by James L.P.
And I thought to myself: Ecclesiastes. The message of Ecclesiastes, as I read it, is the message of those of us trying to create a field of Catholic education; in fact, for those of us working in the field of education at large.
Hengstenberg, Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Philadelphia: Smith, English & Co., 1869) p.
For example, consider Ecclesiastes 5:10, "As the bounty increases so increase the consumers thereof." To my understanding, this is in one sense a generalization of Parkinson's Law, "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion" (C.
Do not all go to one place?" reads Ecclesiastes Chapter 6, Verse 6.
Joudah translates al-jami'a as "university," when the poet meant Ecclesiastes of the Bible, who is the son of David and who is called al-Jami'a in Arabic, from whose book (Ecclesiastes 1.2) Darwish borrows the idea: "Vanity, vanity of vanities ...
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us: "To everything there is a season.
and sport such phrases as "Real dogs love Jesus" and "Lead me not to treatation." As it says in the Good Book, "a live dog is better than a dead lion" (Ecclesiastes 9:4), so treat yours right.
As we see from the Royal Philosopher in Ecclesiastes, "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun."