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confusion worse confounded

Confusion made worse. Recess was already underway when the fire alarm rang, leading to confusion worse confounded. Trying to wrangle all those kids was certainly a chore!
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smoke and mirrors

deception and confusion. (Said of statements or more complicated rhetoric used to mislead people rather than inform. Alludes to the way a magician uses optical illusion to create believability while performing a trick. Fixed order.) Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were. Her report was little more than smoke and mirrors. No one will believe any of it.
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throw someone or something into confusion

to cause people or a process to become confused, aimless, or disorderly. She made her entrance early and threw eveyone onstage into confusion. The judge's surprise ruling threw the courtroom into confusion.
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smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors are words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is. The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals. Thousands of shareholders learned too late that the company's image of success had been created with smoke and mirrors. Note: Magicians sometimes use smoke and mirrors when they are performing tricks, in order to confuse or deceive people.
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smoke and mirrors

the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information. chiefly North American
1998 Sunday Telegraph Ministers accused the Conservatives of a ‘smoke and mirrors’ con trick.
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smoke and ˈmirrors

used to describe ways of tricking people or of hiding the truth: He said the government had used smoke and mirrors to raise taxes.The commission has declared war on the smoke and mirrors of sales promotions.
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smoke and mirrors

n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it?
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smoke and mirrors

Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
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Major Finding: Following exclusions of non-SLE-related causes of neuropsychiatric problems, glucocorticoids and immunosuppressives are indicated for neuropsychiatric SLE manifestations that reflect an immune or inflammatory process, including acute confusional state, aseptic meningitis, myelitis, psychosis, and cranial and peripheral neuropathies.
shaking and jerking movements, confusional arousals or sleep-walking), severe sleep disruption, heartburn as a result of gastroesophageal reflux, nocturnal enuresis which is noted mostly in children and profuse sweating at night.
Of these events, the most frequent were seizure disorders, cerebrovascular disease, mononeuropathy, acute confusional states, cranial neuropathy, myelopathy, polyneuropathy, aseptic meningitis, mood disorders, and psychosis, with each of the remaining syndromes affecting no more than 2% of patients.
Poor differentiation between the confusional states is associated with poor outcomes in the patients, with increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays, and functional decline," he said at the 12th International Conference on Emergency Medicine.
Confusional Arousals are characterized by episodes of marked mental confusion during or after an arousal from sleep.
Delirium is an acute confusional state characterized by fluctuations in mental status.
Appropriate pharmacologic and/or nonpharmacologic treatment Delirium Diagnosis and treatment of underlying cause(s) of acute confusional state Medications Suspend or modify use of diuretics, alpha blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (the latter of which can exacerbate cough) Table 3 is adapted from AHCPR Publication No.
Consultant neuro-psychiatrist Dr Peter Fenwick confirmed Mackay suffered from confusional arousal, which can result in violent behaviour including strangling.
Some of these are the Parental Alienation Syndrome, Lying Child Syndrome, Confusional Arousal Syndrome, and Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome.
Use with caution in patients with psychotic disorders, schizophrenia or confusional state as it may exacerbate condition(s).
3) Situations where suboptimal testing is likely include chest and abdominal pain, facial discomfort exacerbated by a mouthpiece, stress incontinence, dementia or an acute confusional state.
Children at this age present with sleep terrors or confusional arousals, as well as moving around the bed in restless sleep in order to maintain their airway.
Lee-Chiong characterized sleepwalking, sleep terrors, and confusional arousals as disorders of arousal that usually occur in non-REM sleep during the first third of the night.
Patients with major neuropsychiatric manifestations of inflammatory origin (optic neuritis, acute confusional state/coma, cranial or peripheral neuropathy, psychosis, and transverse myelitis/myelopathy) may benefit from immunosuppressives.
10 Headache occurred in 55%, mood disorder in 57%, cognitive dysfunction in 55% (sensitive tests of cognitive function were not routinely used), seizure disorder in 51%, acute confusional disorder in 35%, peripheral nervous system impairment in 15%, psychosis in 12%, and stroke in 12%.