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Cure

   1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. Cures are easy to claim and, all too often, difficult to confirm. 2. A time without recurrence of a disease so that the risk of recurrence is small, as in the 5-year cure rate for malignant melanoma. 3. Particularly in the past, a course of treatment.

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Health
The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.

Recurrence
The return of symptoms or the tumor itself, as opposed to a remission.

Disease
Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the rubella (German measles) virus.

Risk
In clinical trials, the probability of harm or discomfort for subjects, arising from the test product. Acceptable risk differs depending on the condition for which a product is being tested. A product for sore throat, for example, will be expected to have a low incidence of side effects. However, unpleasant side effects may be an acceptable risk when testing a promising treatment for a life-threatening illness.

Cure
1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. Cures are easy to claim and, all too often, difficult to confirm. 2. A time without recurrence of a disease so that the risk of recurrence is small, as in the 5-year cure rate for malignant melanoma. 3. Particularly in the past, a course of treatment.

Malignant
Cancerous; life-threatening.

Melanoma
The most dangerous of all skin cancers, melanoma is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing tanning cells (melanocytes). If detected in the early stages, melanoma can often be treated successfully, but in the later stages it spreads to other organs and can result in death.



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Cup, optic
The white, cup-like area in the center of the optic disc. The optic disk is the circular area at the back of the inside of the eye where the optic nerve connects to the retina.

Cupping
1. A cup-shaped depression, as in the head of the optic nerve in the eye. 2. Treatment in which a cup is attached to the skin surface, usually on the back and the air within the cup is evacuated to suck the skin in and increase local blood flow. The practice has numerous variations including burning alcohol or another substance within the cup to create the vacuum and increase the heat.

Curable
Amenable to a cure, capable of being cured, to being healed and made well. Most skin cancers, fortunately, are curable.

Curare
A muscle relaxant used in anesthesia. Curare competes with acetylcholine, a chemical that carries information between nerve and muscle cells, and blocks transmission of the information.

Curcumin
A mixture of compounds derived from the curry spice turmeric. Curcumin is sold in the US as a herbal supplement. It has been alleged to have antioxidant, antiviral, antiinflammatory, anticancer, and cholesterol-lowering effects. Curcumin experimentally can correct the defect in cystic fibrosis.

Cure

Curie (Ci)
A unit of radioactivity. (Specifically, the quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which the number of disintegrations per second is 3.7 X 10 to the 10th). Named for Marie and Pierre Curie who did pioneering research in radioactivity, distinguished alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, discovered polonium and radium, and isolated pure radium.

Currarino syndrome
A condition characterized by the combination of: Partial absence of the sacrum (the lowest portion of spine), Anorectal (anal and rectal) abnormalities, and An abnormal mass in front of the sacrum (due to a meningocoele or teratoma).

Cushing syndrome
The constellation of symptoms and signs caused by an excess of cortisol hormone.

Cushingoid
Having the constellation of symptoms and signs caused by an excess of cortisol hormone: that is, Cushing syndrome.

Cut
An area of severed skin. Wash a cut or scrape it with soap and water, and keep it clean and dry. Putting alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine into a wound can delay healing, and should be avoided. Seek medical care if you think you might need stitches, as delay can increase the rate of wound infection. If the cut results from a puncture wound through the shoe, there is a high risk of infection, and you should see your healthcare professional. Redness, swelling, increased pain, and pus draining from the wound also indicate an infection that requires professional care.

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