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A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.
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Any minor illness, condition; though still a popular lay term, it is no longer used in the working medical parlance.
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A complaint, disease, or physical disorder, esp. a mild or chronic one.
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Q. Is there any way to control the sickness? Hi everybody. I am asking this question from my friend user name. I am 26 and in the first trimester. Whole day sickness hurts me a lot. Smell of any kind of food is horrible. It’s becoming more frustrating; even television commercials make me nauseous. Is there any way to control the sickness?

A. In the first half of pregnancy, sickness and nausea are quite common. For some woman it goes after three months and in very rare cases where woman has the chances of doubles or triplets, nausea and vomiting symptom stays on. Yes, there are ways to control the sickness. Some of them are try to have food in short intervals but make sure not to be hungry. Drink more of fruit juices and water especially lemon. Avoid spicy food and smell that could make you worse. If none of the remedies suggested are going to work out for you, it is better to consult your physician. Hope you get benefited with this.

Q. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments? I have heard that garlic is very good for cardiac health and using in curries or cooked with foods will be helpful. I have also heard that it has anti-inflammatory substances and also helps in weight loss. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments?

A. It acts as antioxidant and reduces the amount of free radicals in your body. It’s helpful once taken raw. But the raw garlic can cause bad breadth and blistering of skin and diarrhea. So, there should be a reduced intake of raw garlic. It’s better to have garlic in a cooked up form like in curries or with vegetables. This will also give the desired benefits of garlic and the side effect of over consumption of garlic will also be reduced.

Q. How is morning sickness treated? I have been suffering from morning sickness all throughout my first 4 weeks of pregnancy. Is there a way to treat morning sickness?

A. Morning sickness during first few weeks of pregnancy is very common. Here is some information about morning sickness and how to deal with it -

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The benefits from a national minor ailment service are clear - it would provide the information and support necessary for patients to manage minor ailments themselves; improve access to medicines, particularly for people living in rural areas and reduce waiting times and patients anxiety about bothering the doctor.
Think Pharmacy First offers patients who qualify the choice of going straight to their pharmacist - without an appointment - for a consultation where they will be given advice and free over-the-counter medicine, where appropriate, for minor ailments. They will be referred to a GP where necessary.
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Preexisting stress or psychological ailments played no role in these CFS cases, the authors say.
And by doing so, you are reducing some of the inflammation, pain, and discomfort from an ailment such as tendonitis."
Obesity, which is generally defined as being at least 30 pounds heavier than one's ideal weight, is linked to numerous health ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, asthma, certain types of cancer, gallbladder disease and premature death.
Leo Mackay, deputy VA secretary, quoted a June 2002 report from the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses: "There is increasing objective evidence that a major category of Gulf War illnesses is neurological in character." He added that VA has budgeted up to $20 million in fiscal year 2004--twice what VA has spent in any previous year--for research into Gulf War ailments.
Mrs Hyde's report to borough councillors attending a meeting of the council's human resources committee says: "I shall try to ensure that accurate figures are produced for the working time lost to the top three ailments in future reports."
When a company can offer a consumer a different drug to better treat his or her ailment, it offsets the loss of revenue that occurs when the patent on the existing drug expires.
Tiger bone is ground into a powder and sold by Chinese medicine practitioners internationally as a cure for a variety of ailments; tiger penis is commonly sold as an aphrodisiac.
The physiotherapy patients from neighbouring areas visited the day-long free camp to get doctors' advice for curing their ailments and get proper medication and treatment, said a press release.