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drops = gotas

drip = goteo (gotero, USA)

wound /wu:nd/ = herida

chart = gráfica, historia medica, historial
pills = pastillas

ointment = pomada, ungüento

crutches = muletas

records = registros escritos, informes, expedientes, historia médica, historial
capsule = cápsula

cast = escayola

stretcher = camilla

theatre = quirófano, sala de operaciones (USA)
injection = inyección

sling = cabestrillo

ward = sala (emergency ward, labour ward (de partos), maternity ward, surgical ward)

Problem with your health and medicines:
on the top of your head or at the back (I have a headache)
Idiom: You're giving me a headache.
You can take an aspirine.
faint / dizzy
when you don't feel stable (I feel faint or dizzy.)


when you have a cold

when you feel your head full

when you have a hole in your tooth
Go to the dentist.
when you are very hot and your temperature in your body is too much

when you cut your finger for example, you can see blood (I'm bleeding)
Put a band aid on.
when you hit yourself and you get a mark, for example in your head

when you eat too much food, like popcorn or lentis

this strong pain happens to a woman everymonth when they have their period or menstrual cycle

when you have a cold
Have a sweet or a cough syrup.
when you drink coke too fast
Take a bag and breath in. Drink water upside down.
to relieve flatulence after eating

to expel intestinal gas from the anus

when you have to go to the toilet many times
Drink water and don't go out very much.
when you can't go to the toilet


wound = herida


· Actions:

to be allergic to
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a hypersensitivity to a substance that causes the body to react to any contact with that substance (e.g. hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen)
to be constipated
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infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
to be ill
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not a hundred per cent, sick, unwell, upset (in Spanish, encontrarse mal) (in Spanish, estar enfermo)
to be pregnant
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enceinte, expectant, expecting
to be sick
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(= throw up, vomit); to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
to cough
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to expel air abruptly and explosively through the partially closed vocal chords
to faint
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black out, collapse, fade, fail, flake out (informal) keel over (informal) languish, lose consciousness, pass out, swoon
to feel dizzy
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affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy
to feel funny

peculiar; odd
to feel sick
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(= nausea) the sensation that precedes vomiting
to have a cold
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an acute viral infection of the upper respiratory passages characterized by discharge of watery mucus from the nose, sneezing, etc.
to have a dizzy spell
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affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy (in Spanish, un mareo)
to have a tight chest

tener el pecho oprimido
to have an attack of dizziness
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(= to feel dizzy); affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy
to have side effects

any unwanted nontherapeutic effect caused by a drug
to hurt
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to cause physical pain to (someone or something)
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(= to feel sick) the sensation that precedes vomiting
to pass out
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black out, collapse, fade, fail, flake out (informal) keel over (informal) languish, lose consciousness, faint, swoon (in Spanish, perder el conocimiento, irse)
to recuperate from surgery

to recover from an operation
to sneeze
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to expel air from the nose involuntarily, esp. as the result of irritation of the nasal mucous membrane
to suffer from
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to be ill with, esp. recurrently (in Spanish, padecer de algo)
to swell up
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to grow or cause to grow in size, esp. as a result of internal pressure (in Spanish, hincharse)
to throw up
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(= be sick, vomit); to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
undergo surgery

to experience an operation
to vomit
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(= be sick, throw up); to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus

· Diseases, Common Health Problems and Symptoms:

achy (adj.)
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affected by a continuous dull pain; aching

acronym for acquired immune (or immuno-) deficiency syndrome: a condition, caused by a virus, in which certain white blood cells (lymphocytes) are destroyed, resulting in loss of the body's ability to protect itself against disease. AIDS is transmitted by sexual intercourse, through infected blood and blood products, and through the placenta.
allergy (n.)
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(to have an allergy); a hypersensitivity to a substance that causes the body to react to any contact with that substance (e.g. hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen)
Alzheimer's (disease)

a disorder of the brain resulting in a progressive decline in intellectual and physical abilities and eventual dementia, (Often shortened to) Alzheimers (named after A. Alzheimer (1864--1915), German physician who first identified it)
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inflammation of a joint or joints characterized by pain and stiffness of the affected parts, caused by gout, rheumatic fever, etc.
asthma (n.)
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a respiratory disorder, often of allergic origin, characterized by difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and a sense of constriction in the chest
athlete's foot (n.)
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a fungal infection of the skin of the foot, esp. between the toes and on the soles
backache (n.)
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(a backache); an ache or pain in one's back
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a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc (in Spanish, ampolla)
broken leg
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fractured leg
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blacken, blemish, contuse, crush, damage, deface, discolour, injure, mar, mark, pound, pulverize
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a microorganism, esp. a bacterium, that produces disease
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a lump on the body caused by a blow
chest infection

an infection in the front part of the trunk from the neck to the belly
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a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash
common cold
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(to have a common cold); a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterized by sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, etc.
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infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
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(to have a cough / to have a bad cough); to expel air abruptly and explosively through the partially closed vocal chords
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any of various disorders, esp. diabetes mellitus, characterized by excretion of an abnormally large amount of urine
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frequent and copious discharge of abnormally liquid faeces
dizzy spell
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(to have a dizzy spell) affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy (in Spanish, un mareo)
eczema (n.)
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(Pathol) a skin inflammation with lesions that scale, crust, or ooze a serous fluid, often accompanied by intense itching or burning
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pain in the middle or inner ear
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(to get a fever / to have a fever); an abnormally high body temperature, accompanied by a fast pulse rate, dry skin, etc
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(the flue) any of various viral infections, esp. a respiratory or intestinal infection (in Spanish, gripe)
food poisoning
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an acute illness typically characterized by gastrointestinal inflammation, vomiting, and diarrhoea, caused by food that is either naturally poisonous or contaminated by pathogenic bacteria (esp. Salmonella)
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(to have a headache); pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction to drugs, etc., (Technical name) cephalalgia
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inflammation of the liver, characterized by fever, jaundice, and weakness
blood pressure
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(high blood pressure / low blood pressure) the pressure exerted by the blood on the inner walls of the arteries, being relative to the elasticity and diameter of the vessels and the force of the heartbeat
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invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
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chronic inability to fall asleep or to enjoy uninterrupted sleep
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an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
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a highly contagious viral disease common in children, characterized by fever, profuse nasal discharge of mucus, conjunctivitis, and a rash of small red spots spreading from the forehead down to the limbs, (Technical names) morbilli, rubeola (in Spanish, sarampión)
migraine (n.)
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a throbbing headache usually affecting only one side of the head and commonly accompanied by nausea and visual disturbances
mumps (n.)
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functioning as sing or pl an acute contagious viral disease of the parotid salivary glands, characterized by swelling of the affected parts, fever, and pain beneath the ear: usually affects children, (Also called) epidemic parotitis (in Spanish, paperas)
nose bleed
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(to have a nose bleed); bleeding from the nose, as the result of injury, etc.,
outward signs

signos externos
Parkinson's (disease)

a progressive chronic disorder of the central nervous system characterized by impaired muscular coordination and tremor, (Often shortened to) Parkinsons (Also called) Parkinsonism, Parkinsons syndrome, paralysis agitans, shaking palsy (named after James Parkinson (1755--1824), British surgeon, who first described it)
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(Surgery) a metal rod, esp. of stainless steel, for holding together adjacent ends of fractured bones during healing
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any skin eruption
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(to feel rough); (informal) ill, not a hundred per cent, sick, unwell, upset (in Spanish, encontrarse mal)
runny nose
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(to have a runny nose); (of the nose or nasal passages) exuding mucus
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to mark or cut (the surface of something) with a rough or sharp instrument
slipped disc
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(Pathol) a herniated intervertebral disc, often resulting in pain because of pressure on the spinal nerves (in Spanish, hernia discal)
sore throat
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(to have a sore throat); a painful sensitive throat

sexually transmitted disease
steroid cream
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steroid = any of a large group of fat-soluble organic compounds containing a characteristic chemical ring system. The majority, including the sterols, bile acids, many hormones, and the D vitamins, have important physiological action
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moving with pain or difficulty
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a link made by drawing a thread through material by means of a needle
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(to have a stomachache); pain in the stomach or abdominal region, as from acute indigestion, (Technical name) gastralgia (Also called) stomach upset, upset stomach
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mental, emotional, or physical strain or tension
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(a stroke); apoplexy; rupture of a blood vessel in the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, or embolism or thrombosis affecting a cerebral vessel (in Spanish, derrame)
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inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun, (Technical name) erythema solare
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(to have a swollen face / swollen finger); bloated, enlarged, inflamed, puffed up, puffy

a communicable disease caused by infection with the tubercle bacillus, most frequently affecting the lungs (pulmonary tuberculosis), (Also called) consumption, phthisis (Abbrev.) TB
toothache (n.)
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(a toothache); a pain in or about a tooth
twisted ankle
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(a twisted ankle / to twiste one's ankle); to force or be forced out of the natural form or position
upset stomach
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(to have an upset stomach); pain in the stomach or abdominal region, as from acute indigestion, (Technical name) gastralgia (Also called) stomach upset

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(to be in pain)
the sensation of acute physical hurt or discomfort caused by injury, illness, etc.

painfully sensitive

moving with pain or difficulty (e.g. a stiff neck)


emergency room
maternity ward
waiting room
a shot
anesthesia (general vs. local)
I.V. drip (=intravenous drip)
operation / surgery
x-ray (to an inpatient or outpatient)
hurt (My leg hurts. verb)
pain (I'm in pain. I have a pain in my leg. adjective)

ache (My back aches (it's an ongoing pain)
sore (I have a sore throat, irritada, dolorida)

broken (when a bone is completele separated)
fracture (any kind of damage in a bone)

heart attack (the blood flow to the heart stops)
cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating)
stroke (when the blood doesn't make it to the brain)

· Other Vocabulary:

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any of various chemical substances, such as penicillin, streptomycin, neomycin, and tetracycline, produced by various microorganisms, esp. fungi, or made synthetically and capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, esp. bacteria
aspirin (n.)
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(some aspirine)
a white crystalline compound widely used in the form of tablets to relieve pain, fever, and colds and to reduce inflammation. Formula: CH3COOC6H4COOH, (Chemical name) acetylsalicylic
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(elastic bandage)
a piece of material used to dress a wound, bind a broken limb, etc
bandaid (US) / sticking-plaster (UK)
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a strip of any soft material used for binding, etc

cast (n.)
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(a cast)
a rigid encircling casing, often made of plaster of Paris, for immobilizing broken bones while they heal
cough medicine


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a long staff of wood or metal having a rest for the armpit, for supporting the weight of the body
fast (vb.)


herbal remedy
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herbs that cure a disease or controls its symptoms
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(an inhaler)
a device for breathing in therapeutic vapours, esp. one for relieving nasal congestion
injection (n.)
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(an injection)
fluid injected into the body, esp. for medicinal purposes
oxygen mask
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a device, worn over the nose and mouth, to which oxygen is supplied from a cylinder or other source: used to aid breathing



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(in plaster)
a white powder that sets to a hard solid when mixed with water, used for making sculptures and casts, as an additive for lime plasters, and for making casts for setting broken limbs. It is usually the hemihydrate of calcium sulphate, 2CaSO4.H2O (also known as plaster of Paris)
pregnancy test

(a pregnancy test)

sticking plaster (UK) / bandaid (USA)
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a thin cloth with an adhesive substance on one side, used for covering slight or superficial wounds /

(Brit., Austral., and N.Z.) an adhesive strip of material, usually medicated, for dressing a cut, wound, etc.
surgical collar

(a surgical collar)




(a thermometer)

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(Med) a special chair mounted on large wheels, for use by invalids or others for whom walking is impossible or temporarily inadvisable

(an X-ray)

Other dosage forms:

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Questions related with health:
  • Are you a member of a health spa or gym?
  • Are you afraid of needles?
  • Are you healthy?
  • Are your parents healthy?
  • Do think that you need to lose weight?
  • Do you always eat healthy food?
  • Do you bruise easily?
  • Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
  • Do you consider alcohol a drug?
  • Do you drink a lot?
  • Do you eat a lot of vegetables?
  • Do you eat lots of fruit?
  • Do you eat vegetables every day?
  • Do you ever get headaches?
    • Do you know anyone who suffers from migraine headaches?
  • Do you ever read magazines or news articles about health? If yes, what subject(s) do you find the most interesting?
  • Do you exercise?
    • What kind of exercise do you do?
    • How often do you exercise?
  • Do you go for regular medical check-ups?
  • Do you go to the dentist's twice a year?
  • Do you have a lot of stress?
  • Do you normally go one doctor in particular or any available doctor?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you have any scars?
    • Where are they?
    • Would you like to show them to the class?
  • Do you know anyone who suffers from backaches?
  • Do you know anyone with false teeth?
  • Do you often eat fast food?
  • Do you smoke?
    • If so, do you smoke more than two cigarettes a day?
    • Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
  • Do you take medicine when you are sick?
  • Do you take vitamins or mineral supplements?
  • Do you take vitamins?
  • Do you think it is unhealthy to keep a cat in your home?
  • Do you think nuclear power is safe?
  • Do you think pets are good for a person's health
  • Do you think that the tobacco companies should be held reasonably responsible for a person's addiction to nicotine?
  • Do you think you are overweight?
  • Do you think you will live until a ripe old age? Why or why not?
  • Do you think you would be a good surgeon? Why or why not?
  • Do you use an alarm clock to wake up?
  • Do you usually get enough sleep?
  • Do you watch your weight? What foods do you think are healthy?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized?
    • (Have you ever been in the hospital?)
  • Have you ever been to an acupuncturist? What do you think of acupuncture?
  • Have you ever broken a bone?
  • Have you ever burned yourself with hot water?
  • Have you ever donated blood?
  • Have you ever gotten a black eye?
  • Have you ever had braces on your teeth?
  • Have you ever had stitches?
  • Have you ever sprained your ankle?
  • Have you ever taken a sleeping pill to get to sleep?
  • How can you reduce stress in your life?
  • How have you been feeling lately?
  • How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
  • How many hours of sleep do you usually get?
  • How often do you eat junk food?
    • What kinds of junk food do you eat?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • How often do you get a cold?
    • (How often do you catch a cold?)
  • How often do you get sick in one year?
  • How often do you go to the doctor's?
  • How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood?
  • How would you recommend treating a cold?
  • If a company sells the public a product they know to be harmful or addictive, should they be held responsible for the use of that product even if the government approves it?
  • If you smoke, how old were you when you started smoking?
  • If you were President of Korea, what would you do to improve Koreans' health?
  • Should smoking in restaurants be banned?
  • What are some things people can do to keep healthy?
  • What are some things that cause stress?
  • What are some ways to deal with stress?
  • What are some ways you know that you can personally keep yourself healthy?
  • What disease frightens you the most? Why?
  • What do you do to stay healthy?
    • (What are some things you do to keep healthy?)
  • What do you do, if you can't get to sleep?
  • What do you think about abortion? Why do some people support it and others are against it?
  • What do you think about getting old?
  • What do you think is the most serious health problem in Korea?
  • What do you think of cosmetic surgery? Do you know anyone who has had cosmetic surgery? Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
  • What drinks to you think are healthy? What drinks do you think are unhealthy?
  • What foods to you think are healthy? What foods do you think are unhealthy?
  • What is the best way to find a doctor, if you're new in the area?
  • What is the best way to stop smoking?
  • What is the most horrible accident you have ever had?
  • What is the average age of people in your country
  • What kind of pollution is the most risky?
  • What time did you go to bed when you were a child?
  • What's the best way to stop smoking?
  • What's the highest temperature you've ever had?
  • What's your blood type?
  • When did you last take a bath?
  • When was the last time you went to a dentist?
  • When was the last time you went to a doctor?
  • When was the last time you went to a hospital?
  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • When you were in high school, how many days of school did you miss each year because of sickness?
  • Who do you think is responsible for the care of your health--you yourself, your parents, or your doctor and medical people?
  • Who is the healthiest person in your family? Who is the least healthy?
  • Why do people smoke?
  • Would you consider donating your organs after your death?
  • What is the health service like in your country?
  • What do you think of the health service in this country?
  • How can the health service be improved?
  • Have you been to hospital since you arrived here?
  • What do you know about the SARS virus?
    • What do you know about AIDS?
    • What do you know about the common cold?
  • What is alternative medicine?
    • Have you ever practiced alternative medicine?
  • What treatments or remedies do you follow when you have a cold?
  • which kind of medicine do you prefer to take when you are sick?
  • How often do you clean your bathroom?
  • Do you clean as often as your parent cleaned when you were a child?
  • Which parent did/does most of the cleaning in your household?
  • How old were you when you had start helping with the dishes/laundry/vacuuming/dusting/?
  • Were the chores divided equally between men and women?
  • Do people in your country usually wear deodorant?
  • How often do people in your country shower?
  • Have you ever ended a relationship because your partner cleaned too much or too little?
  • Have you ever ended a relationship because your partner had bad hygiene?
  • Do you enjoy cleaning? Which kind of cleaning do you enjoy most?
  • How often do you brush your teeth?
  • Have you ever swept something under the rug?
  • Do you use strong cleaners like bleach and ammonia?
  • Have you ever bought a miracle cleaner from a TV infomercial?
  • What's the best way to get stains out?
  • What alternative health therapies do you know about?
  • Have you ever tried any alternative health therapies?
  • Do you think traditional medicine is a good alternative to modern medicine?
  • In what circumstances should traditional or alternative medicine be used?
  • Do you think traditional therapies are compatible with modern medicine? Why or why not?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of modern medicine?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of traditional medicine?
  • What do you complain of?
  • What is wrong with you?
  • Have you any appetite?
  • How long have you been ill?
  • Have you any pain the back of your head?
  • How long has it been since you began to feel bad?
  • Have you a bitter taste in your mouth?
  • Do you feel nauseous?
  • Do you sleep well?
  • Is it hard to swallow?
  • Do we need to eat as much junk food as we do?
  • Have you ever realized during a dream that it is a dream; and have you then been able to change events in that dream?
  • Do you think the government is doing all it can to prevent disease?
  • What do you think of wellness institutions and their programs?
  • How do you deal with stress?

Questions related with healthy lifestyle:
  • Do you think you have a healthy life style?
    • Is it possible to have a healthy life style in modern world?
    • Why do many people try to have a healthy life style?
    • What is the main purpose of it?
  • What is healthy food?
    • Do you pay much attention to what you eat?
    • Do you think it is more important for you to eat healthy or tasty food?
  • Do you try to eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner at a certain time every day?
  • Do you have a snack every time you are hungry or do you wait for the lunch or dinner?
  • Do you agree with the saying: "Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy"? Why do people say so?
  • What is healthy about not eating after 6 p.m?
    • Are you a success?
  • Is obesity a great problem in where you live?
    • What are the most efficient ways to loose weight?
  • Do you think diets are useful or not?
    • Have you ever tried to go on a diet?
    • What kind of diet was it?
    • Did it work?
  • Is physical activity (jogging, going to a gym, swimming pool) an important part of a healthy life style?
  • Can you tell a physically inactive person from someone who takes care of his\her physical condition?
  • What is your attitude to smoking?
    • What about passive smoking?
  • Is it hard to give up smoking?
    • What is the best way to give up smoking?
  • What is a healthy dose of alcohol?
    • What is the damage of alcohol abuse to health?
  • How many hours of sleep do you need daily?
  • Do you try to go to bed and get up at certain hours every day?
  • Do you often find yourself under stress?
  • What are the areas of your life where stress situations take place more often?
    • Work?
    • Family?
    • Relationships with friends?
    • While commuting to work?
  • How do you usually cope with stress?
  • Is there any connection between the person's style of life and the duration of his life?
  • What do you prefer, to eat everything you like, drink a lot, smoke, have no physical exercise and die at the age of 60 or lead a healthy life and live until 100?


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GO TO: Supposed to be -ing and should


GO TO: Parts of the Body and Illnesses

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Famous people:
Freddie Mercury
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"Magic" Johnson
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Rock Hudson
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Alexander Graham Bell
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Jules Verne
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a stroke
Al Capone
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Alfred Nobel
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Cary Grant
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David Tomlinson
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Josep Stalin
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Charlon Heston
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James Stewart
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Rita Hayworth
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Ronald Reagan
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Deborah Kerr
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Pope John Paul II
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Alfonso XII of Spain
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Anne Brontë
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Emily Brontë
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Denholm Elliot
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Frédéric Chopin
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Jorge Negrete
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Ray Charles
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Other diseases:



any type of malignant growth or tumour, caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division: it may spread through the lymphatic system or blood stream to other parts of the body
vibrio cholerae
an acute intestinal infection characterized by severe diarrhoea, cramp, etc.: caused by ingestion of water or food contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio comma, (Also called) Asiatic cholera, epidemic cholera, Indian cholera
corynebacterium diphtheriae
an acute contagious disease caused by the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae, producing fever, severe prostration, and difficulty in breathing and swallowing as the result of swelling of the throat and formation of a false membrane
epidemic typhus
rickettsia prowazekii
any one of a group of acute infectious rickettsial diseases characterized by high fever, skin rash, and severe headache, (Also called) typhus fever
neisseria gonorrhoeae
an infectious venereal disease caused by a gonococcus, characterized by a burning sensation when urinating and a mucopurulent discharge from the urethra or vagina
hepatitis A / B / C / D / E
hepatitis A / B / C / D / E virus
inflammation of the liver, characterized by fever, jaundice, and weakness
human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
human papillomavirus (HPV)
any one of a class of viruses that cause tumours, including warts, in humans. Certain strains infect the cervix and have been implicated as a cause of cervical cancer
Epstein-Barr virus infectious mononucleosis (Mono)
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)
an acute infectious disease, caused by Epstein-Barr virus, characterized by fever, sore throat, swollen and painful lymph nodes, and abnormal lymphocytes in the blood,
Kawasaki's disease
a disease of children that causes a rash, fever, and swelling of the lymph nodes and often damages the heart muscle
plasmodium genus
an infectious disease characterized by recurring attacks of chills and fever, caused by the bite of an anopheles mosquito infected with any of four protozoans of the genus Plasmodium (P. vivax, P. falciparum, P. malariae, or P. ovale)
an acute infectious form of meningitis caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, characterized by high fever, skin rash, delirium, stupor, and sometimes coma
inflammation of one or both lungs, in which the air sacs (alveoli) become filled with liquid, which renders them useless for breathing. It is usually caused by bacterial (esp. pneumococcal) or viral infection
salmonella genus
any Gram-negative rod-shaped aerobic bacterium of the genus Salmonella, including S. typhosa, which causes typhoid fever, and many species (notably S. enteritidis) that cause food poisoning (salmonellosis): family Enterobacteriaceae
treponema pallidum
a venereal disease caused by infection with the microorganism Treponema pallidum: characterized by an ulcerating chancre, usually on the genitals and progressing through the lymphatic system to nearly all tissues of the body, producing serious clinical manifestations
clostridium tetani
lockjaw an acute infectious disease in which sustained muscular spasm, contraction, and convulsion are caused by the release of exotoxins from the bacterium, Clostridium tetani: infection usually occurs through a contaminated wound


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Sound chunking and stress

Read this joke aloud:

A man goes to the doctor

He pokes himself
and says

in the ribs
" Doc.

I think there's something wrong with me

He pokes himself
Every time I poke myself

in the head
it hurts.

and he literally screams in agony

And he starts poking himself.

You see what I mean, Doc?
He pokes himself in the leg.

You see how bad it is?

What's happening to me?"

And the doctor replies //

"Yes ...


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a specialist who gives expert advice or information
GP = General Practitioner



gynecologist / obstetrician

matron / midwife

midwife / matron

obstetrician / gynecologist







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María Ángeles A.

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