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   Oriental Medical Doctor. ("D.O.M." stands for "Doctor of Oriental Medicine.")


Pertaining to Medicine.

1. One whose occupation is to treat diseases, particularly a physician, dentist, or veterinarian with an appropriate license. 2. A teacher (particularly at a college or university), a scholar, or one who holds a postgraduate degree (especially a Ph.D. degree). 3. A shaman.



Objective measurement
A measurement that cannot be influenced by investigator bias; for example, blood glucose levels or ECG tracings.

Open study
A trial in which subjects and investigators know which product each subject is receiving; opposite of doubleblind study.

Original medical record
See source documents.

Outcomes research
See pharmacoeconomics.

Outpatient clinic
A general medical clinic focused.


Orthomolecular medicine (orthomolecular nutritional medicine, orthomolecular therapy)
Approach to therapy whose centerpiece is megavitamin therapy. Orthomolecular medicine encompasses hair analysis, orthomolecular nutrition (a form of megavitamin therapy), and orthomolecular psychiatry. Linus Carl Pauling, Ph.D. (1901-1994), coined the word "orthomolecular." The prefix "ortho-" means "straight," and the implicit meaning of "orthomolecular" is "to straighten (correct) concentrations of specific molecules." The primary principle of orthomolecular medicine is that nutrition is the foremost consideration in diagnosis and treatment. Its purported focus is "normalizing" the "balance" of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and "similar" substances in the body.

Form of acupuncture named by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D. In osteopuncture, the needle penetrates the periosteum (the membrane that covers bones) and is usually electrified. The acupuncture points of osteopuncture do not correlate with "meridian points."

OBOB mouse
(Obese-obese mouse) A variety of mouse that tends to be fat, and diabetic. A model for research on NIDDM.

Eye disease. There are several disorders that can affect vision in people with diabetes; the most severe is diabetic retinopathy.

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
A test to see if a person has diabetes.

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