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availability

Psychiatry
The presence of a resource (e.g., support group) that may be needed by an individual or group.

Suicidology
See Availability of means.

availability

(ă-vāl″ă-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
In nutrition, the extent to which a nutrient is present in a form that can be absorbed and used by the body.

Patient discussion about availability

Q. When will a generic brand of insulin be available? The cost of insulin seems to be way too high... And with the ever rising population of diabetics, you'd think some other companies would jump unto the bandwagon with a cheaper insulin... what's up with that?

A. Unfortunately, as long as Eli Lilly has an effective monopoly on the American market and docs continue to perscribe the latest "flavor" of insulin, the situation is unlikely to change. Personally, I refuse to use Lilly's products (use Novo Nordisk insulin instead) and am still using the regular and NPH I was using 20 years ago... Also, because Type I diabetes tends to affect children, parents are naturally always seeking the next new thing. Doesn't make for an environment conducive to cheaper alternatives, which is a real shame for us all.

Q. what treatment is available for a bad knee? my knee is very swallowed and i suffer from great pain while i'm banding and doing physical work and i put weight on it ... what can i do? what is it ? by the way i played a lot of basketball when i was young , any relation ?

A. If your knee is "very" swallowed it will be difficult to retrieve it unless you kill whatever it is that swallowed it. I can see it would be painful to move around in order to band birds if part of your leg has been "swallowed". Do you drag around the offender instead of having an operation in order to removed the miscreant. Perhaps this is just a figment of your imagination. I dont see how playing basketball in your youth has done anything to encourage this fantasy of having your knee swallowed.

Q. Is their a drug available to regain my energy back from having hypothyrodiam? I was diagnosed three years ago with Hypothyroidism. I have been using medication to level out my thyroid level. The lack of energy and weakness I am experiencing at the age of 42 is maddening. I want my life back the way it was. I am tired of feeling tired and zombie like.

A. Hormone replacement has to be continued throughout your life; Zoe is probably right: you may need a higher dose. Talk to your doctor about the fatigue, you should have regular check-ups again to monitor your hormone levels to get the right dosage.

You can always ask for more information about your condition: whether it's primary or secondary hypothyroidism and what may/may not have caused it, or what you can do to improve your symptoms.

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"The information on smaller space availabilities is in the hands of so many different people, it results in a random and inefficient market," points out Guy Shanon, CEO of Cityfeet.com.
Quite a turnaround from the third quarter of a year ago, when Westchester was dealing with nearly 700,000 square feet of negative absorption following new availabilities at a number of buildings - new availabilities that would continue to grow and eventually lead to an availability rate of more than 18 percent by the end of 1998.
While the western and eastern parts of the county have seen an increase in available supply, space opportunities are so limited in these markets that the new availabilities will be greeted with enthusiasm."
The Midtown South submarket continued to experience declining availabilities and climbing rental rates.
Activity was strong throughout the submarket, with five of six districts experiencing declining availabilities and all districts posting increased rental rates.
Availability rates rose and rents fell in the first three months of 1998, as negative net absorption (195,028 square feet) forced the availability rate up to 16.4 percent, upsetting five straight quarters of diminishing availabilities.