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is escherichia coli and serratia marcescens the same thing ?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: They are not the same thing, but they are both gram negative, rod shaped bacterium in the enterobacter family.

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Can a jacuzzi have the same soothing effects as a warm bath or is it too hot?

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Yes: Jacuzzis while pregnant are fine. Keep the temperature at a comfortable range....Probably no more than 101 degrees.
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What are shiga toxin-producinge. Coli?

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Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS.
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My dystonia symptoms have been stable for five years. Should I expect them to remain the same, or will they progress and become more debilitating?

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Probably stable: My experience has been that dystonia gets worse around puberty. Once you get past puberty the symptoms get stable or even improve. If you got through puberty you are probably safe.
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Will an identical twin often get the same disease as the other?

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Not unless genetic.: Most identical twins actually have increasingly divergent life paths due to their encounters with various pathogens, toxins and environmental factors at variable succession and timings. Their genetic make-up may be identical, however their acquired immunity and responses to external stimuli are as different as with any two siblings.
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What's the difference between fraternal and identical twins genes?

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Different, same.: Fraternal (dizygotic) twins share 50% of their genes, just like any other siblings. Identical (monozygotic) twins typically have the same 100% dna profile, as if clones of one another.

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