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"pull through" = recover from an illness

"Grandma had a serious accident in her car, but the doctors think that she's going to pull through."

"run in the family" = to be common in the family

"The doctors said that this disorder might run in the family."

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Online Medical Information
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediummedical diagnosis and careconversationman - woman02:14

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some of the major illnesses and diseases that affect people your age in your country? Who do you consult for information on these illnesses? How reliable is this information?

HELPFUL TIP: If you have a serious illness, you should consider getting a second opinion from more than one doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. James thinks that he has _________.
A. the flu
B. a cold
C. a stomachache

2. The woman thinks that James has a virus because ______.
A. he has a high fever
B. his eyes are red
C. his skin is a different color

3. Where did the woman find information on this virus?
A. on a medical podcast
B. on a Web site
C. in a medical journal

4. James doesn't believe the information because it _______.
A. doesn't come from a qualified doctor
B. is somewhat outdated and old
C. doesn't deal with his symptoms

5. According to the woman, how much longer does James have to live?
A. a few days
B. about a week
C. a little over a month

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe a time when you used the Internet to find information about a medical problem you had. What was your illness? How many Web sites did you look at to find information? Did you consult with a doctor about the problem or did you rely on the information on the Web sites?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Choose one of these illnesses (the flu, a sore throat, diarrhea, or an ear infection) and then use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions:

  • What are the common symptoms of this illness?
  • Are there any home remedies to deal with this illness? If so, what are they?
  • What medications can be helpful to treat the illness?
  • How long can it take to get over the illness?
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