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Overview Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases which cause a person’s blood sugar or glucose levels to be too high, due to a malfunction in either insulin secretion or the body’s response to insulin.  Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas to normalise glucose levels.  When a person […]

The Endocrine System

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The term endocrine is derived from the Greek words “endo” meaning within, and “crinis” meaning secrete.  The endocrine system affects the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the human body.  The system is made up of several glands, each gland consists of a network of cells that together produce and secrete chemicals.  The […]

Medical Terminology

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Medical terminology refers to a special vocabulary used by medical professionals.  Far from being used to bewilder those not trained in healthcare, it is an essential aid in consistent communication between medical professionals.  Medical terminology is used consistently in medicolegal reporting.  This week we are going to look at how medical words are formed, to […]