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A 18-year-old female asked:

my mother is hyperthyroid patient how many chances are there that i will too be a patient of it.?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Hyperthyroidi9sm: Most times you will not get it but there are uncommon familial cases due to mutations in tsh. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20926595.
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Fairly high: Autoimmune thyroid disease commonly occurs along the female side of the family, though there is no direct genetic linkage in most families. However, you can either develop hyperthyroidism (graves disease) or hypothyroidism (hashimotos thyroiditis), or simply have an enlarged thyroid with high thyroid antibody levels but normal thyroid function. It can also occur at any time in your life.

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How must I discuss difficult news like needing a nursing home with my elderly parent?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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It is difficult: If possible, i would try and get your siblings (if you have some) as well as other family members involved in the entire process. It is very difficult for parents as well as for the children involved when it comes to needing nursing home placement. Perhaps there is a therapist, like a social worker in your area who can give you some ongoing assistance. Most nursing homes employ such an individual.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can multiple lipomas be treated safely w/ steroid injection. I have 50+ & don't want scars. I can live with most but many are large & uncomfortable.?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Not really: Steroid injections will not dissolve lipomas. If you have 50+ they may not be lipomas, some times subcutaneous neurofibromas look like lipomas, you should have biopsy of one lesion to establish diagnosis, these lesions run in families other alternative see a cosmatic surgeon, for possible removal like liposuction.
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Liposuction can be used to address lipomas, but there is a much higher risk of recurrence than with a surgically removed lipoma.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

My mother has been nasuated for sevral days and been having head achs what should she do?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Should be seen: These are worrisome symptoms and duration of symptoms. This seems to have gone beyound the normal wait and see and it is now time for her to get professional advice nad assessment.
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How many years does it take to develop cancer from snuff?

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Variable: The time from the start of insult to development of cancer varies with the genetics of the person, type of insult, intensity of insult etc. The sooner you quit the better.
A 46-year-old member asked:

At how many weeks into gestation is the palate completely formed?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
By 12th week: It depends on what you mean by "completely formed", because the mouth continues to develop after birth. But in human embryonic development, the palate develops early. The hard palate (premaxilla and palatal shelves) fuse at about week 9 gestational age, and the soft palate has fused by week 10 to 12.

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