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boiling frog syndrome

The failure to accept, acknowledge, or act against a problematic situation that will gradually increase in severity until it reaches calamitous proportions. It is a metaphor taken from an anecdotal parable about boiling a frog, in which a frog placed in boiling water will immediately try to save itself, but one placed in cool water that is gradually brought to a boil will not notice the heat until it is boiled to death. Many environmentalists accuse naysayers of having boiling frog syndrome, not accepting that damage is being done until the earth is polluted beyond repair.
See also: boiling, frog, syndrome

China syndrome

A scenario in which a nuclear reactor meltdown in North America would theoretically melt a hole straight through the Earth to China (which is impossible). In more realistic usage, it describes such a meltdown reaching groundwater and forcing subsequent radioactive gases into the atmosphere. The latter scenario was used as the basis of a 1979 film of the same name starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda. While many advocate nuclear power as clean and safe, the risk of catastrophes such as China syndrome make me very nervous about its use.
See also: china, syndrome

empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
See also: empty, nest

floppy baby syndrome

Colloquial term for an abnormally limp posture in an infant lying prone due to an inability to maintain flexed ligaments or muscles. Also called "floppy infant syndrome." We were only made aware of our child's spinal muscular atrophy when she began showing signs of floppy baby syndrome.
See also: baby, floppy, syndrome

floppy infant syndrome

Colloquial term for an abnormally limp posture in an infant lying prone due to an inability to maintain flexed ligaments or muscles. Also called "floppy baby syndrome." We were only made aware of our child's spinal muscular atrophy when she began showing signs of floppy infant syndrome.
See also: floppy, syndrome

not-invented-here syndrome

A prejudicial belief that products, systems, software, etc., that were not developed within a company or organization are not as suitable or well made as those that are created in-house. I think the boss's not-invented-here-syndrome stems from experiences he had using third-party software in his previous business, which apparently cost them thousands of dollars trying to implement.
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Peter Pan syndrome

A psychological state or condition in which a grown person cannot or refuses to act like an adult; a stubborn and persistent immaturity found in an adult person. I seem cursed to only find men who have some damned Peter Pan syndrome. I'm tired of going out with guys who act like children!
See also: pan, peter, syndrome

revolving door syndrome

1. In psychiatry, a patient's pattern of repeated admissions to psychiatric facilities. Since Penny is back here yet again, we need to devise a different treatment plan for her, to try and stop this revolving door syndrome.
2. The behavior exhibited by adult children who can no longer afford to live on their own and thus return home to live with their parents. My son is living with me once again and, given his disinterest in steady employment, I doubt this revolving door syndrome will ever end!
See also: door, revolve, syndrome

empty nest syndrome

Feelings of sadness or loneliness experienced by parents after all of their children have moved out of the home. Now that our youngest is away at college, my husband and I are going through empty nest syndrome. I thought I would enjoy having a quiet house again, but it actually makes me sad—I guess I'm suffering from empty nest syndrome.
See also: empty, nest, syndrome

impostor syndrome

An experience characterized by persistent feelings of inadequacy and incompetence despite one's training or accolades to the contrary. It is typically accompanied by the fear of being exposed as a fraud. The term is attributed to clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes. Despite the connotations of its name, "impostor syndrome" is not considered a mental illness. Despite having three degrees, I constantly worry that I will be exposed in the office as a fraud, so yeah, I guess you could say that I struggle with impostor syndrome.
See also: syndrome

empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
See also: empty, nest
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We examined daily plots of syndromic surveillance data to establish trends over the winter period.
A study of 113 cases of genital ulcerative disease and urethral discharge syndrome with validation of syndromic management of sexually transmitted diseases.
The highly ambitious, extensive coverage centric, almost immediate, simplified, scientific and cost effective syndromic management approach towards STD treatment looks very interesting, promising and results oriented.
Having noted variations in the operation and use of syndromic surveillance systems in Ontario, we obtained data collected during A(H1N1)pdm09 from federal, provincial and local syndromic surveillance systems as well as laboratory data from Public Health Ontario Laboratories (PHOL).
Seventy-nine percent said they planned to have their electronic lab reporting system ready; 85 percent planned to have their immunization information system ready; but only 52 percent plan to have their syndromic surveillance system ready.
An increase in syndromic cases above predicted thresholds is highlighted as a color-coded alert.
Oligodontia has been classified as isolated or nonsyndromic and syndromic hypodontia.
By adding the first two clinical factors of Amsel's criteria to the syndromic approach, four groups are formed: group I: pH [greater than or equal to] 4.
The researchers concluded in all studies that home-based self-collection and self-testing is acceptable and feasible in resource-poor settings, and is a promising alternative to clinic-based STI screening and syndromic management.
In the absence of national surveillance data, CDC attempted to better characterize the outbreaks of AGE by analyzing information from the following sources: 1) detailed data on recent AGE outbreaks in three of the states that had contacted CDC about a possible increase (North Carolina, Wisconsin, and New York); 2) emergency department (ED) syndromic surveillance data from Boston, Massachusetts; 3) basic epidemiologic data on AGE outbreaks from a CDC survey of state health departments; and 4) laboratory data from CDC.
7 years to find out the etiology of genital ulcers in patients attending the STD OPD of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and evaluate the efficacy of the algorithm for syndromic management of genital ulcer diseases (GUDs.
Syndromic surveillance aimed at detecting influenzalike illness in emergency departments and clinics is being used in several cities, and the Centers for Disease Control plans to expand the use of syndromic surveillance to 300 clinical sites by the end of 2006.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Primary care practices could provide timely illness information as part of a coordinated syndromic surveillance network for detecting emerging infections or bioterrorism, Philip D.
The two most common international strategies for HIV prevention are syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and interventions to change sexual behaviour.
Besides suffering from high rates of expensive false positive and useless false negative results, syndromic surveillance algorithms only work when very large numbers of victims show up within a short period of time.
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