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advance decision

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Law.

A legally recognized decision (often described as a living will) regulated by the Mental Capacity Act 2005, in which a mentally capable adult identifies specified treatment (e.g. a blood...

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ancillary

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Dentistry.

1. adj. Subordinate, subsidiary, or supplementary.

2. n. An early term used to describe a dental assistant or nurse.

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antisocial behavior

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Public Health and Epidemiology.

Actions or a tendency to actions that are not in the public interest or that may harm others, e.g., vandalism, bullying, habitually aggressive driving, speeding.

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assisted suicide

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Medicine and Health.

The act of helping someone to commit suicide by giving them the means (e.g. drugs) to do so. Aiding and abetting a suicide is a criminal offence in England and Wales. However, a number of...

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best interests

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Law.

1 (in medical law) Where an adult lacks capacity, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides that any decision relating to medical care or treatment should be taken in accordance...

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blood test

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Medicine and Health.

Any test designed to discover abnormalities in a sample of a person’s blood, such as the presence of alcohol, drugs, or bacteria, or to determine the blood group.

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built environment

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Public Health and Epidemiology.

A general term covering residential, industrial, and public buildings, roads, and services, such as water supplies, electrical wiring, and sewerage, in human settlements.

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capacity-building

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — International Law.

A term used mainly in international health meaning development of health systems in low-income countries. It includes activities directed at upgrading technical and professional skills and...

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case law

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Public Health and Epidemiology.

The body of law set out in judicial decisions, as distinct from statute law. See also precedent.

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child protection

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Public Health and Epidemiology.

Most industrialized nations and some developing countries have enacted legislation aimed to protect infants and children by helping to ensure that they are provided with the necessities of...

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