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Glossary

Acute condition
A disease, illness or injury leads to recovery quickly and is not long term.

Alternative therapy
This therapy is an alternative to the conventional medicine. These days it is increasingly popular and includes homeopathy, western herbal treatments, traditional Chinese medicine, Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) etc.

Blood glucose levels
The levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is expressed as millimoles per litre (mmol/l).

Cash plan
This is partial reimbursement of insured private medical healthcare costs.

Cancer
Cancer is in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues, which may spread locally or to distant parts of the body. The cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Chemotherapy
The use of chemicals or drugs to treat disease; the term is typically used to refer to cancer treatment

Chronic condition
A condition that lasts or is permanent or keeps coming back over a long period of time.

Complementary therapy
Complementary disciplines are those which purport to offer diagnostic and therapeutic alternatives to conventional medicine. Also known as alternative therapy.

Conventional medicine
Which are mainly western in origin and are based on the scientific evidence. This is also known as allopathic medicine.

CT scan (Computerised Tomography)
A computerised x-ray procedure that produces cross-sectional images of the body layer by layer. These images are very detailed and can reveal disease or abnormalities in tissue and bone.

Diabetes
A disease in which the body has high levels of sugar in the blood.

Diagnosis
The process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury.

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