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That which produces an effect or condition; that by which a morbid change or disease is brought about.
[L. causa]
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Law & medicine That which creates a condition or results in an effect. See Immediate cause of death, Necessary cause, Proximate cause, Sufficient cause, Underlying cause of death.
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Patient discussion about cause

Q. What Causes Dizziness? My husband is 55 years old. Lately he's been experiencing dizziness when he gets up from sitting for a while. What could be the cause?

A. We often feel dizzy when we are very tired, however real dizziness could indicate on a variety of problems: neurological, cardiovascular (for instance low blood pressure), nutritional (for example lack of glucose), dehydration and more. When someone complains about experiencing dizziness when getting up from sitting or lying down, the cause is usually a sudden drop in blood pressure (called orthostatic hypotension).

Q. What causes dizziness? I’m a 55 years old woman with 2 children, and in the last few weeks I have a feeling of dizziness every time I stand up from my bed. What cause this feeling? Does it mean I have some serious thing? I also have hypertension and diabetes that are usually stable.

A. If this feeling appears solely on standing up, it maybe related to drugs you take to treat your hypertension (It’s called “orthostatic hypertension”). You should report this to your doctor and maybe changing your treatment can make this feeling disappear.

Q. What causes asthma? My 5 year old son has trouble breathing sometimes after he runs around too much. My friend suggested he might have asthma. What causes this disease?

A. Another consideration is that food sensitivities can exacerbate asthma.

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Looking at recent films centring on the miners' strike of 1984, she argues that the stories they tell illustrate that difference can be an impetus, rather than an obstacle, to making common cause with others, even--or perhaps especially--when they also generate fierce argument.
The CBI is also making common cause with UK universities in other campaigns: on immigration for example, an issue of shared concern to businesses and universities, where skills and innovation agendas intersect.
He claimed that Iranian hardliners who routinely chant "Death to American" are "making common cause with the Republican caucus." To be clear, Iranian hardliners are terrorists such as the commander of the Quds Brigade Qassim Soleimani and Holocaust deniers such as the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Resilience can be enhanced at a larger scale by making common cause with civic organizations such as communities of faith, professional groups, ad hoc entities and neighborhood associations that share an interest in public health and well-being.
But increasingly, the SNP is seeking to lead a bigger debate about decentralisation across the British Isles, making common cause with others who want to drag powers out of Westminster.
Leaders and tribesmen in the southern and eastern regions, which the group has so far not seized, are arming themselves against their push and are in some cases making common cause with Yemeni Al Qaeda militants.
Leaders and Sunni tribesmen in the southern and eastern regions, which the group has yet to seize, are arming themselves against their push and are in some cases making common cause with Yemeni Al Qaeda militants.
Extensive linkages between the freedom movements in our two countries led to India making common cause with the people of South Africa in their struggle against apartheid.
The UK government is also playing an active diplomatic role behind the scenes, making common cause with other member states, whose own nationals are among the 140 or so lettori still seeking justice.
He says the real work of the philanthropist is "the continuing investigation of our community, its problems, its potential, and most of all, the outstanding people with whom we should be making common cause."
I could imagine our region making common cause with Scotland on many issues, and our region's economy benefiting from stronger links with a resurgent Scotland.
Mursi has thus been put in the odd position of having to defend his decision against the protesters while simultaneously making common cause with them.