dysfunction

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dysfunction

any consequence of an activity which inhibits the achievement of the desired objective. In the study of ORGANIZATIONS, dysfunctions refer to those aspects of organizations which are essential to the organization's proper functioning but at the same time detract from organizational performance. For instance, a justifiable emphasis on following the correct procedures can also stifle the flexibility that is often needed in work situations. See GOAL DISPLACEMENT.
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Mary Lou Worster Anderson, 48, has been afflicted by Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) for nine years.
The term "chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome" (CFIDS) was proposed by a researcher to illuminate the multi-systemic impact of the illness.
Furthermore, [CD4.sup.+] T cells derived from local environments exhibit greater immune dysfunction than systemic [CD4.sup.+] T cells.
Controlling triggers and environmental factors contributing to inflammation can be a very effective treatment for the symptoms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and also addresses the underlying immune dysfunction, a key to preventing further joint damage and debilitation.
Immune dysfunction and immunotherapy in heart disease.
The complex nature of current routine vaccinations has prompted concern that children might suffer immune dysfunction and become vulnerable to diseases not targeted by the vaccines (JAMA 2005; 294:699-705).
'The immune dysfunction underlying allergy is thought to be caused by inadequate stimulation of the immune system.
Umetsu of Stanford University and his colleagues now propose that mild hepatitis A infections may ward off such immune dysfunction. In the Oct.
The AIDS Malignancy Program was designed to assist the research community in studying the interplay of viruses, immune dysfunction, aberrant growth factor expression, and the development of cancer in AIDS patients, with the goal of creating more effective treatment regimens.
This discussion reviews the general clinical situations that suggest immune dysfunction and links these to the approaches used to assess immune function.
The caregivers also manifested abnormalities in HPA activity presumably caused by stress and possibly related to the immune dysfunction: Mean saliva cortisol levels were chronically and significantly increased, compared with those of controls.
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