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A 47-year-old member asked:

can stress cause death?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Very rare: By itself, stress (actually dis-tress, when a person cannot or will not solve a pressing problem) contributes to disease, but causes death by itself only in extreme situations (i.e., torture). There is a "pop" notion that in, say, a fatal fall from a high place that the heart stops before impact and the decedent feels nothing; it's not true but comforts survivors.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
I agree. Chronic stress forces the body out of homeostasis and eventually can cause exhaustion, illness and dysfunction that could could lead to death. People are capable of enduring tremendous stress for relatively short periods (combat, disasters), but stress management is one component of good health.
Aug 28, 2012

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Baby monitoring: A non-stress test is a way of checking on the baby. We listen to and record the fetal heart for 20-30 minutes. We are looking at the baseline heart rate and how the heart rate goes up or down. We are looking at this to see if the baby is getting enough oxygen or if there are other problems with how the baby is doing.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can childbirth cause maternal death?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, childbirth can still cause death. This is usually from bleeding, general anesthesia or stroke. Your best bet to reduce this risk is to start your pregnancy healthy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise and control any medical problems you do have. Nothing can take the risk to zero but you would be surprised how much you can do!
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if the nits are dead or alive?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Crack them: Live nits will pop if cracked between the nails, whereas dead ones won't and can be picked.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do people die from cfs?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably not: Unlike many other physicians, i believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real, and an immune disturbance due to some unknown virus or viruses. However, if people were dying of it, we'd almost certainly recognize some characteristic lesion. If you have cfs, good luck -- it generally remits after a while, and low-dose antidepressants and/or simply practicing new life skills seems to help some.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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Thanks Dr. Brown. I am impressed with your own contributions, and would be interested in your own special insights into this baffling and troublesome ilness.
Jan 23, 2012
A 35-year-old member asked:

What relaxation exercises can help my sis manage stress from caregiving?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Tai chi, Yoga: Both can go a long way in relieving stress and bringing on a sense of wellbeing.

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