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Medical Conditions Quiz

Can you name these medical conditions based on a description?
In the interest of brevity, these descriptions are not meant to be medically rigorous.
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Last updated: December 11, 2016
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Description
Condition
Inability to regulate blood sugar and insulin
Diabetes
Disease of kings, caused by high uric acid, which can result in big toe pain
Gout
Most common form of dementia
Alzheimer's
Chronic joint pain and inflammation
Arthritis
Less severe version of autism
Asperger's
Mood disorder defined by periods of very high energy, alternating with depression
Bipolar Disorder
Learning disability which impairs reading ability
Dyslexia
Neurological disorder which causes seizures
Epilepsy
Inflammation of the gums
Gingivitis
Disease caused by HIV
AIDS
Blood or bone marrow cancer that causes an increase in white blood cells
Leukemia
Yellowed skin, potentially caused by liver disease
Jaundice
Tropical, mosquito-borne disease that affects an estimated 200 million people per year
Malaria
Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30
Obesity
Lethal disease which causes fear of water, delirium and brain swelling
Rabies
Curvature of the spine
Scoliosis
Tick-borne disease that causes a circular rash, fever, and other symptoms
Lyme Disease
Disease, eradicated in 1979, which caused blisters, scarring and often death
Smallpox
Severe headache associated with nausea and sensitivity to light
Migraine
Infection of the outer eye, and inner eyelid
Pink Eye
101 Recent Comments
+26
Level 47
Oct 17, 2014
Can you accept "yxlisdea" for dyslexia?
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Level 42
Jun 11, 2015
You've just caused a coffee splutter!!
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Level 50
Mar 22, 2021
Derbal Vyslexia
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Level 43
Oct 5, 2022
no casue it's spleled dlysixea
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Level 38
Oct 17, 2014
Great quiz, just one correction: Asperger's is not a "less severe version of autism". It is a disability on the autism spectrum, meaning it is one of many forms of autism. And whether or not it is less severe than other forms of autism depends very much on which form we're comparing it to. Asperger's is extremely less severe than, say, very severe autism in which a person can't communicate effectively and is wheelchair bound, but it is less severe than a form of autism in which a person has complete control over their emotions and can communicate very effectively. If I were Quizmaster I'd change the phrasing a little. Maybe something like: "A common mild form of autism" or "A condition on the autism spectrum that affects emotional control".
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2017
Agree. Things have changed and Asperger's is now one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. The disorder is on the high end of the spectrum and is usually less severe, but it can be classified as severe or mild. (One of our granddaughters is a high-functioning autistic whose symptoms are considered less severe, but she would not have been diagnosed with Asperger's.) I knew what you meant, but people should know about the changes.
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Level 59
Nov 29, 2019
I was going to say this. I third the request for change.

Talk to some people with autism and their families and friends, ask them how they'd like it described since they have to live with it.

As a friend of some people with autism I find them all individual and difficult to classify as mild or severe, one just learns their boundaries and limits, which are a little less generic than 'neurotypical' friends but just as liable to quirky and interesting. Actually I find it really useful having a diversity of friends for figuring myself out as to how I treat people.

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Level ∞
Oct 28, 2020
I've thought it over, and the clue is staying. As you say, Asperger's is a part of the spectrum, and occupies the less severe end of the spectrum. I think people are trying to find a way to be offended by this, perhaps because people will self-diagnose or say that other people have Asperger's just because they are socially awkward.
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Level 41
Feb 11, 2021
I was medically diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in when I was just four years old (just to clarify that I'm not self-diagnosing). I agree that the wording of the clue is incorrect - not "offensive", as you put it, but medically incorrect. Asperger's is an autism spectrum disorder and so to say it is a less severe version of ASD is wrong, regardless of how severe the condition is. I would compare it to saying "skin cancer is a less severe form of cancer", as skin cancer is less severe than some other cancers, but its still cancer.
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Level 82
Dec 25, 2021
This. It's not offensive, it's just inaccurate.
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Level 58
Jan 21, 2022
Also I thought the term "Aspergers" was now disfavored because it came out that Dr. Asperger worked for the Nazis or something? Clinicians just refer to it as autism spectrum disorder?
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Level 56
May 15, 2024
So what? The fact that he worked for the Nazis shouldn't affect the name.
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2022
No, it's offensive.

Ask most autistic adults, myself included, and we will tell you that it's offensive as well as being incorrect. Aspergers is not used as a diagnosis anymore (DSM 5) - we're just autistic. You are not more or less autistic. It's like asking if whole wheat or sourdough is more bread.

. The spectrum that people like to cite is not a straight line.

And the reason that Asperger's, as well as the wording of this question, is offensive is that Dr Aperger was an ableist who thought some autistics were better than others, and he divided us by how useful we could be, and how difficult we were for our caregivers. There's historical evidence that he turned over that less useful half to Nazi eugenics programs. “Unfortunately, in the majority of cases the positive aspects of autism do not outweigh the negative ones.” That quote sums him up pretty well. He's not welcome in our community.

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Level 75
Jan 28, 2022
QM, I don't think anyone is trying to be offended. We're trying to explain that you are incorrect but you don't seem to understand that.
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2022
Agreed with the above. The clue was inaccurate before the DSM change, and it's even more inaccurate now. Asperger's is no longer a diagnosis. It is not part of the spectrum. It does not exist - and as noted is named after an awful human. I can understand not knowing this info when you made the quiz but your stubborn refusal to listen to everyone commenting is not a good look.

Love the bread analogy from helenap13!

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Level 67
May 15, 2022
Please change the Asperger's clue Quizmaster, as has been adequately explained it's completely inaccurate. This is not nitpicking
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Level 84
Jan 21, 2023
I don't think anyone in these replies is looking for a reason to be offended. Nothing in the wording of these comments suggests that to me. It is inaccurate, and arguably offensive (for me it was at least), as numerous commenters have already stated. And as someone who is autistic, I second the request of the commenters for you to modify this description of Asperger's.

Not only that, but I can say for myself that I know I wasn't looking for a reason to be offended. I was genuinely insulted and hurt by it.

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Level 48
Jan 23, 2023
Just saying this is a really weird hill for you (Quizmaster) to be dying on
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Level 65
May 4, 2024
Yeah it's not a great question. The DSM-5 and now also the ICD-11 removed Asperger's because there were not enough clinical differences between it and autism to warrant the distinction.

The other thing is that the autism spectrum is not a line with more or less severe on either end. Rather, it's a collection of traits that every autistic individual will experience at varying intensity. (Think a colour wheel rather than a ruler).

To describe severity of autism, describe the level of support required

For example: level 1 ASD with low support needs.

Another thing is that the autism community at large has been wanting to move away from using the term Aspergers, partly cause it's no longer a diagnostic term (just like manic depression and multiple personality disorder are no longer used), and because they don’t want a defining diagnosis to be named after a Nazi

For a site that recognizes the self determination of many groups, Im a bit surprised it won't do the same for autistic folks

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Level 71
Oct 17, 2014
literally the first one i typed was ebola LMAO but it wasnt a right answer
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Level 76
Oct 17, 2014
Accept "mania"? I think its definition would match the mood disorder clue.
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
that would have to be manic depressive then ( which it accepts) . Being just manic is something else. ( People with too much coffee can be like that...)
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Level 34
Oct 22, 2014
I agree with the other person about the wording of the Asperger's question needing to be changed. It's not a less severe version, that's just incorrect, it's on the spectrum. I'm sure it's one of the first things people would guess
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Level 54
Oct 22, 2014
17/20. Jaundice was at the tip of my tongue but forgot the word.
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Level 33
Mar 4, 2015
Obesity is NOT a medical condition (in most cases and DEFINITLY not in the U.S.)
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
agreed a disease is something that causes something. This is caused by something (ok ofcourse it cause stuff too, heartproblems sore knees, whatever, but I think you get what I mean. A disease is something genetic, or something you "catch" and in the second case there often is a cure for it ( or something to alleviate the symptoms atleast)
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2019
This isn't correct. A disease is constituted by its symptoms, not by the pathogen or other thing that causes it. I'm not sure if this is supposed to relate to the previous comment but obesity is both a disease and a medical condition.
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Level 73
Feb 6, 2020
I mean, Lung Cancer for many people is caused by smoking. that doesn't mean it's not a disease.
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2019
Um... It is? What are you talking about?
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2015
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: I always thought 'Lyme Disease' and 'Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever' were essentially the same thing. People from different places have different terms.
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2017
There are many tick diseases that are similar but not caused by the the same bacteria. Some may be more prevalent in certain regions than others. Lyme often has a characteristic circular or "bulls-eye" rash. The RMSF rash causes spots on the body, thus the name. I had a maculopapular rash on my wrists and ankles when I had erlichiosis. Treatments are not the same since each bacteria responds better to certain antibiotics than others.
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Level 65
Nov 19, 2015
Is it odd i only missed out on Dyslexia becuase i couldn't spell it correctly?
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2017
Aixelsyd?
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Level 45
Dec 2, 2015
Fun quiz. However, I think you should accept periodontal disease for inflammation of the gums. Also, I do not hear the word epilepsy anymore. I believe the preferred term is seizure disorder.
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
yes it agree peridontitis or periodontal should be accepted (btw I knew hear seizure disease and only epilepsy)
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Level 63
Sep 17, 2016
Accept conjunctivitis for pink-eye!
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2016
We do, as noted above.
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Level 20
Jan 11, 2017
I got all but Obesity, I kept trying to put obese and different variations... Can obese be accepted if Pink Eye is accepted?
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Level 59
Apr 21, 2024
The answers are all nouns, not adjectives
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2017
I'm very disappointed I didn't get Lyme disease. It was a joke in a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episode I watched just last week.
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Level 82
Feb 1, 2017
If you're so disappointed go out walking in the woods without any socks on. Maybe you'll get lucky.
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Level 84
Jan 12, 2017
Top marks for adding 'diabeetus' as one of the type-ins.
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Level 70
Feb 1, 2017
Shouldn't hyperuricemia be accepted for gout?
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Level 61
Feb 1, 2017
Typed in diabeetus just for fun, and it worked lol
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
wow..
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2017
That surgeon in the picture better not be Ben Carson.
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Level 44
Feb 1, 2017
Asperger's has been removed in the latest DSM (V) and is now part of Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Level 65
May 4, 2024
And now also the ICD-11... that question is very dated and needs to go
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Level 79
Feb 1, 2017
Good quiz. I have scoliosis.
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Level 29
Feb 1, 2017
sorry to hear.
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Level 85
Feb 1, 2017
Mickey: "Bacterial Meningitis. Jackpot!"
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2017
Considering what it is, why is dyslexia so hard to spell?
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Level 63
Feb 1, 2017
Well, that was a downer.
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2017
Asperger's was removed from the DSM-5 and is no longer considered its own disorder. Please update.
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2020
I guess it's not just conditions defined by the American Psychiatric Association which constitute what should be the answer in this quiz?
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2017
Can you please accept borreliosis for lyme disease?
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2017
thank you for accepting "diabeetus" lol
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2017
Gout can actually strike in a lot of places, not just the big toe (although that is the most common location). The high levels of uric acid cause it to crystallize around joints, tendons, or nearby tissues. The reason people get it in their big toe is because it's a form of arthritis and our toes take a lot of abuse. It can also show up in ankles, knees, the middle of the foot (where I've gotten it), or other locations.

So could you rephrase the description as something more like "Disease of kings, caused by high uric acid, causes painful swelling, often in the big toe?"

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Level 38
Mar 29, 2018
Periodontitis should be accepted for gingivitis, no?
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
I agree !!
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Level 49
Apr 29, 2018
Never heard of pink eye
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
I heard it in southpark. Didnt really knwo what it was though, only later I found out it was a real thing and they just meant conjunctivitis)
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Level 81
Jan 27, 2021
Nor me, thankfully the proper name for it is also accepted.
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Level 50
Aug 21, 2018
I don’t wanna be *that* person, but teeeechnically, the scoliosis one should say it’s an abnormal, lateral curvature of the spine. Kyphosis and lordosis are also labeled as abnormal because the spine does naturally have curves.

But I guess it’s not too big of a deal, since scoliosis is the first thing people think of when it comes to spine curves.

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Level 55
Mar 19, 2020
I was going to say much the same as you. Kyphosis is the one I think of first though because I have it :D And you can also have an abnormal lordotic curve too. But yeah, question should definitely specify abnormal curvature and either add the other answers or specify the direction.
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Level 48
Oct 14, 2018
Hydrophobia, a historic name for rabies... i thought of this first... can it be accepted??
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Level 49
Dec 18, 2018
100%. Good but as a nurse I'd expect that
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2019
While it might tip some people off as to what you're looking for, rabies doesn't actually cause you to be afraid of water. That's silly. They called it hydrophobia thinking that it did, because rabid dogs would not drink water, but I think that's just because their throats or mouths were so swollen that drinking became painful, same reason they start foaming at the mouth.
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Level 36
Feb 28, 2019
20/20 couldn't think of migraine for the longest time
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Level 66
Feb 28, 2019
Slightly embarrassed that I tried "stupidity" and "retardation" for the reading impairment.
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Level 67
May 15, 2022
Glad you were embarrassed by that. Best to keep thoughts like that to yourself
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Level 40
Sep 11, 2019
Didn't get "gingervitis" like an idiot
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Level 68
Oct 3, 2019
Please accept "Icterus" for "Jauncide," it's the technical term
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Level 78
Feb 6, 2020
Jauncide? Are you dyslectic or have you been killing yellow people again?
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Level 76
Oct 31, 2019
Could you accept borreliosis for Lyme's disease?
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Level 56
Jan 24, 2022
Borreliosis is a more generic, broader term for tick-borne diseases that includes but is not limited to Lyme disease. Based on the description in the quiz, I think it ought to stick to Lyme disease only.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2022
It is literally the same thing and should be accepted See here for example
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Level 85
Feb 6, 2020
Also try Skin Conditions.
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Level 77
Feb 7, 2020
Maybe consider accepting kyphosis (hunchback) for curvature of the spine.
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Level 61
Feb 7, 2020
I've had two of these!
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Level 68
Feb 8, 2020
Scoliosis is only the term for a spine with a sideways curve. You should also accept kyphosis, which is a spine with a curve to the front/back: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyphosis
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Level 56
May 17, 2020
That means lordosis must be accepted as well. I think that since scoliosis is the most commonly known term, that's what the quiz is referring to as the answer.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2020
Please fix Obesity to have Obese as an option.

I tried that, plus morbidly obese plus morbid obesity and still didn't get the cheese

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Level ∞
Oct 28, 2020
Obese will work now.
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Level 72
Nov 8, 2020
Please in malaria add paludism as correct as is the same disease
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Level 67
Mar 22, 2021
Asperger's is not a recognized condition anymore. Asperger was a NAZI party member who came up with the diagnosis to separate "productive" from "unproductive" autistic people and work out who should be killed. It's offensive and demeaning, please remove.
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Level 78
Aug 26, 2021
Just a small nitpick, but not all forms of Leukemia lead to an increase in WBCs; some can plummet the count through the ground too! The body works in some very strange ways.
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Level 56
Jan 24, 2022
True. See my comment/reply below for someone with medical training in this area.
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Level 68
Dec 29, 2021
Just missed Jaundice
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Level 59
Jan 21, 2022
This is a tough one for me, since a lot of deseases have an english name that differs a lot from the german one, like gout,

jaundice, rabies, lyme disease, and I rarely read or talk about diseases in english...

Plus I always fail to spell "smallpox", I always think it has to be "smallpocks"...

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Level 65
Jan 21, 2022
I got it, but maybe accept kyphosis for the spine one too? It's definitely acceptable by the deffinition
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Level 54
Jan 21, 2022
Maybe accept "diabeetus" as a spelling?
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Level 49
Jan 21, 2022
Could migrane be accepted? English is my second language and from the sound I genuinely thought it was written migrane and not migraine
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Level 20
Jan 23, 2022
sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo easy 100% with 4.56
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Level 63
Jan 23, 2022
Leukemia causes a decrease in white blood cells and a reduction in platelets. Does not cause an increase in white blood cells. AML is the most severe. Leukemia: One of the most serious illnesses that causes a decrease in white blood cell count is leukemia. https://health.onehowto.com/article/what-causes-a-decrease-in-white-blood-cells-212.html#:~:text=Leukemia%3A%20One%20of%20the%20most%20serious%20illnesses%20that,impacts%20the%20production%20of%20these%20blood%20cells.%20HIV%2FAIDS.
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Level 71
Feb 7, 2023
Can hepatitis be accepted for jaundice?
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Level 66
Nov 16, 2023
It's not the same thing... jaundice can be caused by hepatitis, but they're not the same.
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Level 68
Feb 24, 2023
As someone with what was formerly called aspergers, I am not offended by the question. I think a question where the answer is autism would be better though, since aspergers has been superceded by ASD
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Level 53
Dec 18, 2023
Accept migraine for migraine please.
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Level 28
Feb 2, 2024
I forgot about Alzheimer's until the end and it took me three tries to spell dyslexia
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Level 37
May 14, 2024
hi, I understand it's a pretty recent change, but Aspergers isn't a condition anymore, the term is not used anymore and is instead just called autism.

And I don't expect you to check the history of every terms definition, but if you keep Aspergers you might want to change the description.

The term Asperger comes from Hans Asperger, a nazi who would decide wether or not autistic children got to live or if they would be murdered. The children who were deemed "useful" got diagnosed with Asperger, as it was a "milder version of autism"

I understand that this was not your intention but I would be very happy to see it changed