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decompression sickness

, illness
a disorder characterized by severe pain in muscles and joints, cramp, and difficulty in breathing, caused by a sudden and sustained decrease in air pressure, resulting in the deposition of nitrogen bubbles in the tissues
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the state of feeling physically or emotionally unwell or sick, and, as such, different from having or suffering from a disease. The word ‘ill’ originally meant ‘evil’ or ‘morally harmful’. Although they are not completely different categories, sociologists distinguish between illness as a social category, and disease as a medical category The latter refers to clinical conditions and pathologies which are described, classified and published as a branch of medical expertise. Illness refers to the subjective experience of sickness, disease or bad health, and to socially and culturally generated and expressed concepts of physical, social and psychological abnormality. See also SICK ROLE, TRIVIAL CONSULTATION, SYMPTOM ICEBERG, SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

What does it mean when you dream about illness?

Dreams of illness may suggest that the dreamer should pay attention to health matters especially to the areas of the body revealed in the dream. (See also Infection, Vaccination).

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


The state of being sick.
A sickness, disease, or disorder.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


If you are ill in your dream, please pay attention to your health. At times our unconscious gives us warnings before we are consciously aware of any symptoms. Emotional health can also be included in such dreams, so take care of your relationships and express your feelings in positive ways. If someone you care about is ill in your dream, maybe you are concerned about losing the support and love of that person.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Such statistics are frightening because it is all about the children behind them - those who should be starting their lives with confidence, unafflicted by the burdens of mental ill-health. The motivation to address these burdens is obvious, and to do it before it is too late.
The website covers everything from early warning signs of employees with mental health conditions, to how to talk to employees with ill-health issues.
Ill-health retirement benefits are an integral part of the NHS Pension scheme and are closely tied into the main scheme review timetable, which seeks to be put new arrangements in place by April 2008.
The union said it feared other firefighters could now have ill-health pensions withdrawn.
Mary Chapman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, explained: "With the impact of ill-health being keenly felt in the workplace, managers need a better understanding of the consequences of letting relatively minor symptoms escalate.
Dunn left the force at the end of 2002 after long periods of ill-health.Mr Dunn had several operations following a motorcycle crash in 1986 and has suffered from depression since leaving.
The target is for a 30 per cent reduction in the number of working days lost per 100,000 workers due to work-related injury and ill-health;
EJS = extrinsic job satisfaction; IJS = intrinsic job satisfaction; MIH = mental ill-health; PIH = physical ill-health; TA = Type A; LOC = locus of control; MSP = managerial pressures; ESP = employee pressures; WKL = workload; LCO = lifestyle coping; OCO = occupation coping.
He argues that the long pedigree of research and theory in these two fields fails to take into account the broader social and structural context that underlies work stress and ill-health experienced at the workplace.
The report estimates that in the United Kingdom alone, 177 million working days were lost in 1994 as a result of sickness absence, at an estimated cost of ECU 13.2 billion in lost productivity whilst in 1990 the total cost to the British economy of work accidents and work related ill-health represented between 2-3% of GDP.
The major focus of the book is the actual material conditions that have historically produced patterns of Aboriginal ill-health. These conditions are shown not to be unique, but continuous with those affecting other indigenous minorities worldwide.