radiation treatment using
radiation to destroy cancer cells.
radioactive drugs drugs used
to look at the internal organs of the body or to treat certain diseases like cancer.
remission a period of time
without symptoms of a chronic condition.
resistant does not respond.
respite care care and
supervision usually provided by volunteer organizations that provides a person's caregiver
some time of rest or relief.
rooting a reflex that newborn
babies have, along with the reflexes for sucking and swallowing. Rooting means turning the
head to search for the nipple and milk.
rubella also called German
measles. Rubella virus causes rash, mild fever, and arthritis. If a woman gets rubella
while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious
schizophrenia a brain
disease that can cause loss of personality, agitation, catatonia (being in a statue-like
state), confusion, psychosis (a disorder in which a person is not in touch with reality),
unusual behavior, and withdrawal. The illness usually begins in early adulthood. No one
knows the exact cause of schizophrenia, but a problem with a gene called COMT has been
found to raise the risk of developing it.